Get to know and explore Colonial Quito full of history and culture. Declared by the UNESCO as a world heritage site (City of Quito – 1978 = The best preserved, least altered historic Center in Latin America). The old part of the city is nothing less then impressive, stunning and imposing churches with fine details fill the cobblestone streets at every turn. There is a lot to see and do in the old part of town = Colonial Quito, so if you are keen on starting the tour with a specific church or attraction, your guide will be glad to rearrange your tour. The regular attractions and must see points will be covered such as: the majestic Plaza Grande, the Presidential Palace, the Cathedral in the main square followed by the many churches, scenic sites and avenues restored to their former glory.
Colonial Quito Gallery
Colonial Quito Highlights
Domes in old city
Located in the Center of Quito, the old city holds the essence of the main capital with amazingly well conserved structures like no other place. With a world world recognition as the best conserved historic Center in Latin America – has created great awareness and a positive effect among local authorities, ongoing conservation efforts have been carried out to restore and protect the integrity of Colonial Quito. Dating back to the 16th century the old city breathes history with a fusion of Spanish, Italian, Moorish, Flemish and indigenous art.
The monasteries of San Francisco and Santo Domingo and the Church and Jesuit College of La Compañía with their rich interiors are pure examples of the so-called ‘Baroque school of Quito’, a fusion of European and indigenous art. La Compañía is probably the richest church in South America with its golden altar. The public buildings are of the heavy Spanish type. Facing on to the principal square are the cathedral, the government palace, the archbishop’s palace and the city hall. The finest building in the city is the Jesuit church, the facade of which is covered with elaborate carving.
With so much to see and do, the old city is highly condensed in a relativity small area that allows visitors to sweep the area by walking in the surroundings. Very narrow streets are common throughout the old city, mainly for their old structure that do not cope well and tend to get choked with traffic, so walking is usually the best way of getting around.
Colonial Quito Half Day Program 2018
A 20 minute ride from the new city, traffic dependent.
Visit Plaza San Fransisco and the surrounding attractions.
The government palace & other impressive structures in surroundings.
A visit to the cathedral & other monasteries & churches.
A stunning Gothic church, the largest one in the Americas.
A walk through the street of the 7 crosses.
Walk through the historical streets of La Ronda.
Full day available if combined with The Equator!
Tour ends, your guide will drive drop you off in your hotel.
- Half day schedule: 9:00 to 13:00, or 14:00 to 18:00 any day of the week. *Optional activity has a preferential rate for the full day!
- Bookings are not processed over the weekend. We require at least 4 days notice to properly set up your tour. Please keep the aforementioned in mind before placing your reservation.
Colonial Quito Rates 2018
Quito 1/2 Day Tour - Culture & History - 4+ Guest
Quito 1/2 Day Tour - Culture & History - 3 Guest
Quito 1/2 Day Tour - Culture & History - 2 Guest
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* Prices are per person, and subject to change without prior notice
* All prices are in USD
|Quito Half Day Tour||1 day – 0 nights||single guest||private vehicle||private guide||$110||BOOK NOW|
Colonial Quito Inclusions & Exclusions
||Hotel Pickup (city hotels)|
||Certified bilingual guide|
||Activities as listed *entrance fees apply|
||Personal expenses & entrance fees|
||Transfer to other locations|
Last revision: 29-November-2017 / Valid until: 31-December-2018
Certified tours by local authorities, compliant with local regulations.
Programs are private by default with certified English speaking driver-guides.
Regular vehicles used by default, a van or bus for groups above 4 guests.
Order of activities are not fixed & might change to optimize your experience.
Activities may be replaced/changed if they can be arranged in the allotted time.
- High factor sun block cream or gel
- Bottled water to carry with you in tour
- UV400 sunglasses with 100% UVB block
- Light clothing for different types of weather
- Digital camera or mobile phone
- Cash for souvenirs, meals & tipping
- Backpack to carry personal belongings
- Passport copy, keep original stored in hotel
Children allowed: Yes
Children discount: 50%
Children minimum age: 6 years
Considered child: Under the age of 6
Restrictions: Accompanied with 2 adults
Discount & restrictions subject to change
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