Quito’s Half-Day Tour Old District Including a Visit to Panecillo’s Virgen

Quito, Ecuador

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icon3 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more

Immerse yourself in Quito’s colonial past during this 4-hour tour of the city’s Old District and major historic sights. Explore the top attractions of the city’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed historic center, including the churches of San Francisco and La Compañía, its main Basilica, Independence Plaza and government palace. You’ll also enjoy postcard-worthy views of the city from Panecillo Hill and learn about Quito’s history, food and culture from your guide. This half-day tour of Quito also covers entrance fees at La Compañía and San Francisco church and round-trip hotel transport.
  • Take a half-day tour of Quito's Old District
  • Discover the UNESCO World Heritage-listed historic center of Quito, one of the best-preserved in the world
  • Explore historic religious buildings including La Compañía church and San Francisco church
  • See Quito's Independence Plaza and Government Palace
  • Check out fantastic views of the city from Panecillo Hill

Hotel pickup and drop-off in Quito. Outside of the city has extra charge
Transport by private vehicle
Certified English / Spanish speaking guide
Private tour (If option is selected)
Entrance fee to la Compañia Chuch
Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Hotel pick up/drop outside of the city has an extra charge

Departure Time

9:00 AM
Stop At:  
Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania
It is a Jesuit church in Quito, Ecuador. It is among the best-known churches in Quito because of its large central nave, which is profusely decorated with gold leaf, gilded plaster and wood carvings.
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco
The Church and Convent of San Francisco forms part of the City of Quito World Heritage Site, the first site ever inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1978. It is the oldest and most significant religious site in Ecuador.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Plaza de la Independencia (Plaza Grande)
It is the principal and central public square of Quito, Ecuador. This is the central square of the city and one of the symbols of the executive power of the nation. Its main feature is the monument to the independence heroes of August 10, 1809, date remembered as the First Cry of Independence of the Royal Audience of Quito from spanish monarchy.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Plaza de Santa Domingo
Santo Domingo church and monastery represent one of the most important religious structures in Quito. Its history is characterized by fortune. It began in 1880 with the arrival of a group of Italian priests who began a modernization process that included aesthetic changes in the temple.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Basilica del Voto Nacional
Basilica del Voto Nacional is one of the most important examples of neo Gothic arquitecture in Ecuador. The Basilica de Quito was blessed by Pope John Paul II on January 30, 1985, was officially opened on July 12, 1988.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Calle La Ronda
This is a narrow cobblestone street very famous among locals because it appears in many paintings and it was the craddle of several famous poems and songs. The street has recuperated its splendor and its is very popular for local people who come on fridays and saturday nights for drinking a traditional hot "canelazo" made of cinnamon with a liquor!
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
La Virgen del Panecillo
The Panecillo hill, where we find a huge figure of the Virgin of Legarda, emblem of Quito. Have a magnificent view of the city.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 2 travelers

Cancellation policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.Learn more about cancellations.
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