Pick-up Time: 08:00 am
Meeting Point: Hotel Holiday Inn
Duration: 8 Hours
We will board our original Trolley bus, a replica of the tram that
circulated Quito last century. On this exotic vehicle we willreach the historic center, where we will first visit the church of the Basilica del Voto Nacional, where you will be able to climb, at your own risk, the top of its columns on narrow stairs (ticket not included).
After that, we will arrive at the Plaza de la Independencia surrounded by the
Cathedral, the Government Palace, the Archbishop's Palace and the "La
Compañía Church" (admission
included). Recognized for its adornments
and gold altars, this is considered the most beautiful church in Ecuador.
After that, we will reach the Church of San Francisco built in the
seventeenth century where the new Metro being built in Quito is going to have one if its stations (serious construction going on there).
Later we will visit the Mercado San Francisco, one of the oldest in the
city, which keeps the charm, tradition and good taste of the typical markets. Inherited from generation to generation, you will be able to see the use
of traditional Andean herbal medicine, and taste some freshly squeezed juices
from a variety of fruits.
Then we will visit the museum "Casa del Alabado" (admission included),
dedicated to Pre-Columbian Art and Ecuadorian Archeology.
We will have a typical Ecuadorian homemade lunch, ending with a hand-made dessert in the oldest cafes in the city, "Heladería San Agustin".
After lunch, we walk towards the traditional "Calle La Ronda" to tour
their houses full of art, culture and crafty demonstrations. We will see
the various workshops of the "Manos a la Ronda Project" seeking to
rescue the traditional crafts of "Escuela Quiteña”, and get to know closely the
traditional processes of jewelry, ironwork, inlaid, headgear, tin, among
others. In this neighborhood we will find a space where characters recreate the
After the tour, those who wish can stay in the historic center,
otherwise we will complement this local experience, by using public
transportation to move back to the north of the city.