This tour covers the major colonial churches and monasteries in Quito such as San Agustin, San Diego, San Francisco and others. Starting from the hotel we visit the historic colonial quarter of Quito, resplendent with its churches, gilded altars and religious sculptures and paintings dating from the 17th; 18th and 19th centuries. We make a special stop at the recently restored Square and Church of San Marcos. The tour continues through narrow streets, ancient colonial houses with Moorish-style arches and mysterious patios to El Panecillo, and a neutral vantage point for an overwhelming view of the city. Returning from here the tour concludes with a taste of the new section of Quito, which is noted for its modern architecture.
Departure time: 9:00 am and 03:00 pm
Equatorial Line Tour: 4 hours
Twenty minutes away via a well-paved road we reach Mitad del Mundo (literally middle of the world) where the Equatorial Line Monument is located. The adjacent park and leisure facilities feature a typical Spanish style colonial village and an ethnological museum.
Departure time: 9:00 am and 02:00 pm
Combined City – Equatorial Line Tour, 6 hours, including Lunch.
For those visitors with insufficient time to undertake the City and the Equatorial Line Monument Tours separately we combine the visit to the colonial quarter of Quito with a trip to the Equatorial Line Monument for a photo opportunity of both hemispheres of the world.