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Quito an intricate city in the middle of mountains rivers and canyons that over the years were landfilled and built atop, since Quito began to expand on the slopes of Pichincha Volcano, almost 3 thousand years of history have gone by, until these days. Today, Quito is a metropolis with 2.7 million inhabitants, which rises day after day with the construction of modern apartment buildings and offices.

Despite modernity, Quito has managed to maintain it’s beautiful, well preserved and little altered historical center. Quito old town is currently visited and admired by locals and visitors from around the globe. Among the highlights of Quito old town, are its impressively huge religious monuments such as the San Francisco church and monastery which is the biggest religious complex of Ecuador and the Basilica del Voto Nacional which is the largest religious complex of the Americas among its Neo-Gothic style.

Another aspect to highlight about the Quito historic center is the labor in terms of religious art and indigenous masters who were the builders and sculptors of these complex works and in many cases are anonymous. From its construction to its internal works of art such as the innumerable carved sculptures, paintings, and furniture which decorates from wall to wall most churches along the Quito´s historic center.

As EcuaTouring, we offer you an extraordinary list of Quito day tours that for sure will suit your interests and needs whether you are planning to visit Quito with family, friends, children or your special one, we have a variety of Quito tours, and just in case you don’t find a tour that adapts to you, we offer custom Quito day tours

Quito half day city tour

This an interesting Quito half day city tour, you will visit the Unesco heritage site “Quito old town” this is a half day tour you will get to know the many aspects that characterize a city, like the people, its habits, the colonial architecture, the Inca roots, and influence, visit the main squares, churches and monasteries, the bohemian street called “La Ronda and last an elevation that divides the north side from the south part of Quito city called “Panecillo”.

Quito half day city tour will most likely be the best choice when you have a short time frame of approx. four to five hours of spare time.

Quito full day tour

The first thing you will visit is the inhabited crater of the Pululahua volcano where you will be able to admire its beauty from a viewing deck. Then visit the Equator line or Equatorial line interactive museum where you will have the chance to balance an egg on a nail and feel several physical effects that take place only at the equator. Learn about the culture from the Amazon region of Ecuador, the unique shrunken head process and why did it take place. Then visit the well preserved and little altered historical center or Quito old town recognized by the UNESCO as a world heritage site. At some point in this visit, you will have lunch at one of the restaurants we normally recommend.

On a Quito full day tour you will get to know the many aspects that characterize this historic jewel, like the people, its habits, the colonial architecture, the Inca roots, and influence, visit the main squares, churches and monasteries, the bohemian street called “La Ronda” and last the elevation that divides the north side from the south part of Quito city called “Panecillo”. Quito full day tour will most likely be the best choice when you have a full day to spend in Quito with family and/or friends, in case you have children who are not interested in the visit to Quito old town we have other options like a visit to the water interactive museum, the snake museum or the botanical garden and park.

Quito at night tour

The nights of Quito with its lit plazas and churches give another perspective and atmosphere of the historical center of Quito. Highlighting its beauty and architectural details. Enjoy with us the Quito at night tour,  in a cozy and easy atmosphere. Visit the Panecillo viewing point at night and be delighted with an extraordinary view of Quito from above. Also, have dinner at one of the restaurants recommended by us with a spectacular view and a varied menu of national and international cuisine.  Tour around Quito´s well preserved old town. Recognized as a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1978. Also considered as one of the 50 most beautiful cities by CNntraveler.

Quito markets and old town tour

The Quito markets and old town tour is also an excellent choice. Since Ecuador has such a variety of climatological regions it also has a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. Ecuadorians believe that their produce products have the best taste due to its proximity to the sun and the good quality of the soil, as you enter the markets you will see a colorful and rich country and will get to taste some of the most flavorful fruits on the planet. Also learn about other products, like their names, what are the uses and, what regions of Ecuador they come from.

Then as the second part of this Quito day tour you will visit the Unesco heritage site “Quito old town” in this tour you will get to know the many aspects that characterize the Quito old town, like the people, its habits, the colonial architecture, the Inca roots, and influence, visit the main squares, churches and monasteries, the bohemian street called “La Ronda and last, the elevation that divides the north side from the south part of Quito city called “Panecillo”.

This tour is highly recommended for people who have at least six hours of spare time to be able to enjoy the extraordinary Quito markets and old town tour.

Quito Salsa and old town tour

This will be another Quito day tour unique experience, this tour was created when a group of travelers asked one of the guides.

“Where in Quito can we get salsa lessons? because we are going to have some fun at a party in Montañita and we do not want to look so Gringas”.

Since then we thought this was a good idea to be able to offer this unique experience as an add-on for a Quito day tour.

This tour will have two parts, the visit to the Quito old town and the salsa school where a teacher will be waiting for you for a fun hour of salsa lessons. Highly recommended for people who have basically a full day to spend in Quito. Also recommended for people of all ages and children with a dancing interest, 10 years or older.

Quito old town and Salsa tour, the order of each visit will depend on the availability of the Salsa teacher, so it can start first with the visit to the Quito Oldtown and then continue with the Salsa lessons or it can start the other way around.

Quito food tour

Quito food tour is mainly a hands-on, private tour for up to 4 people. You will spend the day with an average Ecuadorian family and help with the cooking of your own lunch. While cooking you will learn the recipes and tricks of the traditional Ecuadorian food which will be prepared for the day.

The Equator line tour

Visiting the Equator line as one of the Quito day tours is another good option. Since not many times in your life, you will have the chance to step in two hemispheres at the same time. The Equator line tour is also an excellent choice for any age, this is a fun and interesting place to add to your must-visit list.

You will first visit the inhabited volcano crater called “Pululahua” where you will be able to admire its beauty from a viewing deck. Then visit the Equator line or Equatorial line interactive museum where you will have the chance to balance an egg on a nail, feel several physical effects that take place only at the equator. Learn about the culture from the Amazon region of Ecuador, the unique shrunken head process and what was the purpose of this practice.