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Magical Quito discover the secrets of the old town

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Explore the old town of the first city declared a World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1978, accompanied by professional guides passionate about the history and art of the city. Highlights: Discover the secrets of the old townSavor the bright flavors of Ecuadorian food.


  • Discover the secrets of the old town
  • Savor the bright flavors of Ecuadorian food with the tasting
  • Be transported back to Colonial Times as you explore the old churches and houses
  • Personalized experience with professional guides
  • Historical immersion: Explore Quito's history from 1534 with expert insights into each landmark.
  • Exclusive views: Cathedral domes offer unique panoramic vistas beyond standard tourist routes.
  • Hidden gems: Discover lesser-known sites like the mysterious Jesuit church.
  • Cultural fusion: Witness European and indigenous influences for Ecuador's diverse cultural panorama.
Magical Quito discover the secrets of the old town


Magical Quito discover the secrets of the old town

Let's delve into the historical context of the ancient city founded by the Spanish in 1534. Quito, the capital of Ecuador, holds a rich tapestry of history that unfolds through its cobblestone streets and iconic landmarks.

The city was established by Spanish conquistadors led by Sebastián de Belalcázar in the 16th century. The year 1534 marks a pivotal moment in Quito's history as it became part of the Spanish Empire. The colonial influence is palpable in the architecture and layout of the city.

As you embark on your exploration, the Basilica of the National Vow stands as a testament to Ecuador's cultural and religious heritage. This Neo-Gothic marvel, with its intricate façade and towering spires, is a symbol of the nation's devotion and craftsmanship.

Wandering through the old streets, you'll find yourself immersed in the charm of colonial architecture, each corner telling stories of a bygone era. The churches, with their ornate designs, showcase the fusion of European and indigenous artistic elements.

Your journey takes an exclusive turn as you ascend to the domes of the cathedral church, a vantage point offering panoramic views of the city below. This hidden gem provides a unique perspective that not everyone gets to experience.

The mysteries of the Jesuit church unfold as you explore its sacred halls, adorned with Baroque splendor. The intertwining of spirituality and artistry creates an atmosphere that captivates the imagination.

Finally, your odyssey culminates at the Plaza de San Francisco, a historic square with the San Francisco Church as its centerpiece. The plaza encapsulates the essence of Quito, surrounded by architectural marvels and steeped in the echoes of centuries past.

This journey through Quito's historical landmarks promises not only a glimpse into its colonial legacy but also an appreciation for the intricate stories woven into the fabric of this ancient city.

What's included

  • Inclusions:
  • Experienced Tour Guide
  • Bilingual tour guide spanish and english
  • Exclusions:
  • Unfortunately, no food will be served on this tour but there is a café where you can purchase it.
  • Tickets not included to Basilica del Voto Nacional, Cathedral Domes, Church of the Jesuits.
  • Hotel pick up not available
  • Water or extra food that it is not described
  • Gratuities are not included, it is recommend to tip the guide 15-20% at the end of the tour.


  1. Visited Places:
  2. Basílica del Voto Nacional
  3. Independence Square
  4. Catedral Metropolitana de Quito
  5. Church of the Society of Jesus
  6. Plaza San Francisco

09h00 Starting location: Basílica del Voto Nacional

Welcome travelers to explore the historic center of the first world heritage site, we begin our tour in the majestic Basilica, as soon as you arrive you meet your professional guide, buy your entrance ticket and go up to the towers, from there you will have a beautiful view of the old City.

The Basilica del Voto Nacional in Quito, Ecuador, stands as a remarkable Neo-Gothic masterpiece, embodying the nation's cultural heritage and religious devotion. With intricate sculptures and detailed facades, the basilica serves as a living canvas, narrating tales of Ecuador's history and the fusion of European and indigenous influences. Its towers offer an exclusive vantage point, providing breathtaking views of Quito. This architectural gem not only symbolizes faith but also represents the enduring spirit of the Ecuadorian people, making a visit a profound immersion into the country's soul.

Guided tour, Sightseeing (45 minutes) Extra fee

10h00 Independence Square, Quito

We descend from the towers of the Basilica and immediately continue walking along the street of the 7 crosses or García Moreno street, your guide will explain the pre-Columbian historical context of the city, as well as the colonial and republican eras, you will have a beautiful view of the bun , you will pass in front of the Church of Santa Bárbara, the monastery of La Concepción and you will arrive at Plaza Grande.

Independence Square, nestled in the heart of Quito, serves as a dynamic hub where history, culture, and contemporary life converge. This iconic square, also known as Plaza Grande, holds a pivotal role in Ecuador's narrative of independence. Bordered by significant landmarks such as the Presidential Palace and the Metropolitan Cathedral, the square pulsates with the energy of daily life and echoes of historical significance. The sprawling open space hosts events, gatherings, and cultural celebrations, providing a vibrant backdrop to the daily rhythm of the city. Flanked by colonial architecture and surrounded by bustling streets, Independence Square encapsulates the spirit of Quito, offering a tangible connection to both its storied past and its present-day vitality.

Guided tour, Sightseeing, Walk (15 minutes)

11h15 Catedral Metropolitana

You will enter the old Metropolitan Cathedral with your guide to discover its history and art, and the highlight will be that you will climb the domes to see the splendor of the historic center.

The Catedral Metropolitana de Quito, a jewel in the historic tapestry of the city, stands as a testament to the religious and architectural heritage of Ecuador. Constructed over several centuries, this grand cathedral reflects a harmonious blend of various architectural styles, including Moorish, Gothic, and Baroque influences. The cathedral's interior is adorned with ornate altars, intricate woodwork, and religious art, providing a captivating glimpse into Ecuador's rich cultural and spiritual identity. As you step inside, the ambient lighting accentuates the grandeur of the space, creating a serene atmosphere that invites contemplation. The Catedral Metropolitana not only serves as a place of worship but also as a living archive, preserving the stories and artistic expressions of generations past. It stands as a solemn guardian of Quito's historical and religious legacy, inviting visitors to immerse themselves in the spiritual and artistic richness of Ecuador.

Guided tour, Sightseeing (45 minutes) Optional, Extra fee

13h00 Church of the Jesuits

You will descend from the domes then walk to the golden church, there you will have an explanation of the history, art and architecture.

The Church of the Jesuits, an architectural gem nestled in the heart of Quito, bears witness to the Baroque magnificence that flourished during the colonial era. Its facade is a masterpiece of intricate carvings and detailed ornamentation, showcasing the skilled craftsmanship of both European and indigenous artisans. As you enter, the interior unfolds with awe-inspiring grandeur, featuring a ceiling adorned with gold leaf and an altar that serves as a focal point of religious devotion and artistic expression. The Jesuit Church captivates visitors with its harmonious fusion of spirituality and opulence, making it a sanctuary not only for worship but also for those seeking to appreciate the synthesis of cultural influences in Ecuador's history. Each step within this sacred space unravels a story of faith, artistic achievement, and the enduring legacy of the Jesuit order in Quito.

Visit, Guided tour (45 minutes) Extra fee

14h00 Plaza San Francisco

Finally, they will walk to the Plaza and Church of San Francisco, an iconic place very representative of the city.

Photo stop, Guided tour, Sightseeing (45 minutes)

The Church and Plaza of San Francisco de Quito, steeped in history and cultural significance, form a captivating ensemble that beckons visitors into the heart of Ecuador's colonial legacy. The plaza, surrounded by well-preserved colonial architecture, exudes a timeless charm, providing a tranquil retreat from the bustling city. The San Francisco Church, a monumental structure dominating the scene, showcases a fusion of Spanish Baroque and indigenous influences, contributing to its unique aesthetic. As you explore the interior, you'll encounter a treasure trove of religious art, including impressive sculptures and paintings that narrate the spiritual journey of the Franciscan order in Quito. The plaza, with its shaded benches and timeless ambiance, serves as a gathering place for both locals and visitors, embodying the essence of community and tradition in the heart of the city. Together, the Church and Plaza of San Francisco offer a rich tapestry of architectural splendor and cultural resonance, inviting all who visit to delve into the soul of Quito's colonial heritage.

Finish at:

Plaza San Francisco.

And so after a walking tour lasting approximately 5 hours, the city tour will end.

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