Trip Summary

The colonial old town of Quito is listed as a UNESCO world heritage site, in recognition of its fine colonial era architecture. So if there is one must-see site in Quito then this is it! Our colonial Quito tour showcases the very best of the splendid plazas & churches here.

Some of the activities / visits that you can choose to include in your 1/2 day itinerary are:

  • Climb the tower of the imposing gothic style Basilica church, for great old town views.
  • Visit Plaza Grande to see the Government Palace, Arch-bishops Palace, and Cathedral, or enjoy people-watching.
  • Count the crosses as you stroll down the street of the seven crosses.
  • Tour the incredible gold-gilded, UNESCO heritage church of La Compañia.
  • Stand on San Francisco Plaza, whilst learning the legend of Cantuña´s deal with the devil to construct the Monastery.
  • Stroll the beautifully restored streets of La Ronda district.
  • Stand next to the Virgin atop the Panecillo hill, for panoramic views of the city.

Additional Information

  • This tour can run on any day of the year, but is not recommended on Mondays when most churches & museums are closed.
  • Possible timings: 09:00 – 13:00 or 13:00 – 17:00.
  • This is a private tour, so you have flexibility to make itinerary changes on the day with your guide.
  • We recommend booking day tours at least one week in advance, to ensure that a guide is available for you, and the trip booking & organization can be done smoothly.
  • Note: You have the flexibility to tailor your itinerary together with your guide, but it is not possible to include all of these visits into 1/2 day.



  • Return transport to / from your Quito city hotel
  • Licensed English-speaking guide


  • Meals
  • Entry Fees / activity costs
  • Transport to/from Quito airport or the valley area, this costs a little extra, please let us know in advance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Tips (Optional)

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