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Old Town & Gastronomic Tour

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Quito, Ecuador

From USD 99

Office phone number: +593 9 9347 8261

Minimum age
5 years
Language
English
Starting time
9.30 AM
Duration
6 hours
Culture shock
Low
Physicality
Medium
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    • We traveled on three different day trips. Byron, our guide, was wonderful. He was able to assist us on our adventures, treated us with great care and knew many of the local spots to visit. The owner Pablo was ready to help us whenever we called. All of the staff wanted us to have a memorable vacation. I would highly recommend this company. Everyone was great.

      Ms. Nancy C., USA - 11 Mar 2014

  • Tour snapshot

    A gold leaf church and an imposing monastery are what Quito’s Old Town is all about. See them both on this Quito tour as well as heading into the kitchen of a local bakery that has been mastering the art of quesadillas and Quiteñian sweets for four generations. 

  • Highlights

    • Experience the atmosphere of a local fresh produce market
    • Sample the flavours of Ecuador
    • Visit a traditional bakery in the Old Town
    • Wander through Quito’s Historic Centre and listen to stories and legends from the Old Town
    • Admire the wealth of ornate churches throughout the city
    • Visit a traditional family-run candle factory 
  • Schedule details

    • Duration: 6 hours
    • Meeting point:

      Quito Urban Adventures Office (Reina Victoria N21-226 between Carrión and Roca in La Mariscal).

    • Starting time: 9.30 AM
    • Ending point:

      Quito Urban Adventures Office (Reina Victoria N21-226 between Carrión and Roca in La Mariscal).

  • See all the main sights of Quito and hear what its really like to live here. We set off on our Quito adventure by heading for the cobblestone streets of the Historic Centre of Quito. Visit a traditional bakery that has been whipping up incredible eats for four generations. They’re known for their quesadillas, sweets, and cookies, and we’ll have a chance to sample some of their coffee and hot chocolate after checking out the kitchen.

    Also pay a visit to the Central Market to meet the vendors selling Ecuador’s most famous roses and to sample some of the wide variety of exotic fruits and vegetables on offer. 

    After admiring the wealth of colourful produce, we head into the heart of the Old Town – Independence Plaza – to get the lowdown on classic sights with fascinating insights! This is not your average historical tour as we recount anecdotes from the plaza, admire the impressive Independence Monument, the city’s cathedral, the Archbishop’s Palace and the Government Palace and learn about their significance in Ecuador’s rich history.  We then continue on to La Compañía de Jesús, a breathtaking old Jesuit church with a façade carved entirely out of volcanic stone and an interior covered in gold leaf.

    Next, enjoy lunch at a restaurant known for its traditional, Quiteño cuisine and take time for a casual chat about what is happening in modern day life for a Quiteño - your fab guide!

    From there, our Quito tour heads to the San Francisco Monastery, an imposing structure that occupies two city blocks – a must see destination!  Visit its museum, chapel and convent and listen to the stories and legends of the people who have occupied this impressive building for hundreds of years. After this trip into the past, stop by a small, family-run factory to admire the flower-shaped, handmade candles they make and to learn how this traditional art form is being passed on to the next generation.

    You’ll end your Quito tour enriched and well-versed in local life, from sweets to crafts, markets to architecture, and everything in between!

    Additional information

    Inclusions: Local English speaking guide, private transportation, entrance fees, lunch.

    Exclusions: Items of a personal nature, tips / gratuities for your guide

    Dress standard: We suggest wearing comfortable clothing, a sweater or light jacket, comfortable walking shoes, sunglasses and a hat.

    Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We'll see you at the start point.  Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.

  • Local contact

    Office phone number: +593 9 9347 8261
    Email address: info@quitourbanadventures.com

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  • Ms. Nancy C. from USA travelled on 11 Mar 2014

    We traveled on three different day trips. Byron, our guide, was wonderful. He was able to assist us on our adventures, treated us with great care and knew many of the local spots to visit. The owner Pablo was ready to help us whenever we called. All of the staff wanted us to have a memorable vacation. I would highly recommend this company. Everyone was great.

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