Learn the legends of Quito on this tour through the city’s historic centre. Visit the market where every kiosk tells a story, and uncover local culture and customs as you explore the heart of Old Town. See where the Spanish city was born and revolutions sparked. Take a break with a hands-on sweet treat – making your own ice cream using ingredients you’ll only find in South America.
Local English-speaking guide, entrance fee to the San Francisco towers, ice cream
Additional food and drink, tips/gratuities for your guide, transportation to and from the meeting point
Entrance of the Teatro Sucre (Plaza del Teatro), Old Town Quito
La Ronda Street – Old town
For shared tours, the maximum group number will be 12 passengers. The private tour is priced for a minimum group size of two travellers. A solo traveller may still book the private experience but will be charged the base rate for two travellers.
While we strongly recommend that all travellers are vaccinated against COVID-19 to reduce the risk of transmission and avoid putting undue strain on healthcare services, vaccinations are not a requirement to join an Intrepid Urban Adventures tour. For further information, please review COVID-19 Health & Safety at https://www.urbanadventures.com/en/about-us/covid-19-customer-info
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Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity.
Once you meet your friendly local guide, head to one of the most important places for locals, the Central Market of Quito. Every kiosk tells a story and you’ll learn about local culture and customs, as well as the country’s economy, as you visit various vendors. Here you can buy medicinal plants for everything from stomach bugs to finding the love of your life! Explore colourful stalls bursting with tropical fruits and chat with smiling juice bartenders, who will invite you to try their secret recipe for hangovers, or “chuchaqui” in local slang. Next, explore the largest and best-preserved old town in South America. See Independence Plaza, where the Spanish city of Quito was born in the 16th century and many Ecuadorian revolutions started. Take in the Metropolitan Cathedral and the Government Palace and learn the roles they’ve played in Ecuador’s rich history. There are lots of legends to be found, and you’ll hear all the tales of this fascinating city. Make a stop for a sweet treat at a traditional ice cream shop, where you’ll get to make your own ice cream using uniquely South American ingredients. Next, see the Jesuit church of La Compañía de Jesús, one of the jewels of South America. Built in the early 17th century, the church’s façade is carved entirely out of volcanic stone and the interior is covered in gold leaf. Explore the old University of San Gregorio as you continue walking the ancient streets. You’ll have the option to climb the towers of San Francisco Church, one of the oldest churches in the city, to reach a lookout that’s worth all the stairs. Finally, your tour ends at the enchanting La Ronda, a street that has become one of the city’s most popular tourist attractions.