Historic City of Quito and The Middle of the World

Quito, Ecuador

Experience Rating
icon9 hours  (Approx.)
Pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English

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Explore Quito’s UNESCO-listed historic center and visit the famous Equator Line on this full-day tour from Quito. Admire landmarks such as the Basilica del Voto Nacional and Independence Plaza on a walking tour of Quito; take in the views from the Mirador del Panecillo viewpoint; then walk along the Equator Line at the Mitad del Mundo. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
  • Full-day private Quito and Equator line tour from Quito
  • Explore the UNESCO-listed center of Quito, including the Basilica of the National Vow
  • Enjoy spectacular views of Quito from Panecillo Hill
  • Visit the ‘Mitad del Mundo’ on the Equator Line
  • Tour includes hotel pickup and drop-off

Live commentary on board
Professional guide
Starting point pickup and drop-off
Entrance to the Middle of the World
Food and drinks
Entry fees to churches

Departure Point

Galería Ecuador (La Mariscal), Reina Victoria N24-263, Quito 170143, Ecuador

Traveler pickup is offered
If you choose the option with pick-up from hotels, you can choose from any of the following list:

Monday to Saturday: Sheraton 7:30, Dann Carlton 7:32, Wyndham Garden 7:40, KAIA 7:55, Swissotel 7:58, J.W. Marriott 8:08, Holiday Inn 8:10, Río Amazonas 8:15, Galería Ecuador 8:20, Nu House 8:22, Reina Isabel 8:24, Mercure Alameda 8:28, Hilton Colon 8:30.

Sunday: Hilton Colon 8:15, Mercure Alameda 8:18, Reina Isabel 8:22, Río Amazonas 8:26, Nu House 8:29, Galería Ecuador 8:32, Swissotel 8:40, NH Collection 8:40, KAIA 8:43, Holiday Inn 8:50, J.W. Marriott 8:52, Wyndham Garden 9:00, Dann Carlton 9:10, Le Parc 9:10, Sheraton 9:15.

You must specify the name of the hotel in the booking process (any from the list). If you didn’t specify your hotel in the booking process, or if you put one that is not on this list, your meeting point will be at GALERIA ECUADOR (Reina Victoria N24-263 y Lizardo García) from Monday to Saturday at 08:20 and Sundays at 08:32.

Remember to show up at the hotel at the time determined above or at the meeting point. There will be no refunds for not following the instructions mentioned here.

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Your tour begins with pickup from your Quito hotel, or the Galería Ecuador, in time for an 8.30am departure and a short drive into the historic center of Quito. Set out to explore the UNESCO-listed district on a guided walking tour, stopping to admire the magnificent neo-gothic Basilica of the National Vow. Then head to the top of Panecillo hill to see the famous statue of the Virgin Mary and enjoy views spanning the entire city.

Continue through the main square of Independence Plaza, then follow your guide to landmarks such as the Government Palace, the Archbishop's Palace, and Church of the Jesuits. Finally, stop at La Ronda street for a quick look at artisan workshops and traditional homes.

After a break for lunch (own expense), meet back up with your guide for the around 45-minute drive to the Mitad del Mundo monument – the ‘Middle of the World’ – to see the famous Equator line (entrance included). While you’re there, you’ll also have the option to visit the Intiñan Museum (entrance not included), where you can pose for photos on the ‘equator line’, learn more about Ecuador’s indigenous tribes, and watch a demonstration of the Coriolis Effect.

On return to Quito, your tour ends with drop-off at your original departure point.
Stop At:  
Basilica del Voto Nacional
Considered to be the largest neo-gothic temple in America
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
El Panecillo
An iconic place in the city, renowned for its beauty, and where is a giant statue of the "Winged Virgin", where you can admire a beautiful landscape of colonial and modern Quito.
Duration: 25 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Plaza de la Independencia (Plaza Grande)
It's the main square of the city of Quito where the Government Palace is located the Absobispal Palace, the municipality and the Independence's monument.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania
One of Quito's best-known Jesuit churches due to its large central nave, which is deeply decorated with gold leaves, gilded plaster and wood carvings.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Calle La Ronda
It is one of the most traditional streets that are in Quito, in the old houses, workshops and galleries of artisans have been arranged.
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Mitad Del Mundo
You can see the monument that divides the northern hemisphere from the southern hemisphere of the planet. Here you can live experiences that defy the laws of physics and occur only in this part of the world.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Passport name, number, expiry and country is required at time of booking for all participants
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers

Cancellation policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.Learn more about cancellations.
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