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Old Town & Gastronomic Tour in Quito

Old Town & Gastronomic Tour

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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 

Tour style:Local Life & Culture, Market visits & Local Food, History & Heritage
Inclusions:

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


Exclusions:

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


Group size:Maximum 12
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).


Additional information :
  • Voucher exchange details:

    Please present your voucher to the local guide at the beginning of the tour.

  • 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.

  • Dress standard:

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

  • Child policy:

    Children must be 6 years of age to 11 years inclusively.  Children 6 years or below are not permitted on this day tour in Quito.

     

     

  • Language: English

Also runs from:1 Jan 2015 to 31 Dec 2015

Itinerary:

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!


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Traveller Feedback:

Want to check out what other travellers think of their Urban Adventure experience? See below for our traveller feedback. 

Old Town & Gastronomic Tour has an average customer care rating of 4.73 (out of a possible 5). The scores for each parameter are:
  • Your overall experience ...................................................................................... 4.67
  • Your guide’s enthusiasm, local knowledge and communication skills........................................................................................................................ 5.00
  • The level of opportunity to learn more about the culture, interact
    with locals, and experience their way of life......................................................5.00
  • The Responsible Travel philosophy implemented on your
    Urban Adventure................................................................................................... 4.00
  • Did the trip match your expectations?.............................................................. 5.00

Ms. Nancy C.
USA ~ 11 Mar 2014
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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.

 

Your trip:

For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.

Tipping:

If you are happy with the services provided by your local guides and drivers a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it is of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Intrepid Urban Adventures destinations. Please consider this when budgeting for your extra expenses on this tour

  • Cancellations made more than 2 days prior to travel receive a full refund
  • Cancellations made 2 days or less prior to travel attract a 100% cancellation fee.

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