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San Francisco Church (Iglesia de San Francisco) Tours and Activities

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Nestled in the historic downtown area of Quito, visitors find the first Catholic Church built in the city, the San Francisco Church (Iglesia de San Francisco). The amazing architecture of this Baroque church blends different styles that were incorporated over the more than 100 years of construction.

The church stands on the open San Francisco Plaza, where the city once drew its water, held weekly food markets and general meetings and where military and political demonstrations took place.

Construction of the church started in the 1530s, shortly after the Spaniards arrived in Ecuador. Although much of the church has been rebuilt due to earthquake damage, some of it is original, and it constitutes the largest colonial structure in the city.

The churches and cloisters stand on almost two whole blocks and include an atrium, a courtyard and a convent. The atrium runs along the length of the public square, with access to the plaza by means of a fan-shaped staircase. Franciscan fathers still live here and work to help the poor.

The entrance is adorned with images of the sun, decorations that were used to attract indigenous communities to the Catholic Church. Combinations of indigenous and Catholic symbols are repeated throughout the church. The interior of the church shows a Moorish influence on the walls and columns, which are covered in gold leafing. Of the 3,500 works of art, many are from the Quito School of art.

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Quito Old Town Tour with Gondola Ride and Visit to the Equator

Quito Old Town Tour with Gondola Ride and Visit to the Equator

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This popular private tour hits all of Quito's top attractions. Follow your expert local guide through the capital city's historic district, stand on the equator and ride on the highest gondola in South America. This full-day experience is perfect for travelers who want to gain insight and understanding into the history and culture of Quito.
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  • 1 day
  • Free Cancellation
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$99.00
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Quito City Tour Including Teleférico and Horse Ride in Pichincha Volcano

Quito City Tour Including Teleférico and Horse Ride in Pichincha Volcano

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Spend an entire day exploring the city of Quito with an expert guide. Learn about local cultures and traditions as you make your way through scenic landscapes and urban streets. Visit Teleferico and relax on a picturesque horseback ride to Pichincha Volcano, where you'll find incredible views of Quito.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Full Day Quito City Tour Including Teleférico and Mitad del Mundo

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Full Day Quito City Tour Including Teleférico and Mitad del Mundo

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Get a sense of the architecture, history, and culture of Quito during this private tour visiting the city’s top sights. Start with an exploration of the historic city center of this Ecuadorian capital, visiting its main Basilica, Independence Plaza, and many more colonial-era sites. Then take a trip aboard the Teleférico to a peak more than 13,000 feet (4,000 meters) above the city for sublime views, finishing your day at ‘Mitad del Mundo,’ a monument marking where the earth’s equator splits the world into north and south.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Private Full Day Quito City and Middle of the World Monument Tour

Private Full Day Quito City and Middle of the World Monument Tour

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Maximise your time in Quito with a private full-day tour that checks off all of the capital’s most popular attractions. Take in the highlights of the UNESCO-listed historic center; admire landmarks such as Plaza de la Independencia, San Francisco Monastery, and the Panecillo; then walk along the Equator Line at the Intiñan museum. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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The Original Quito City Tour in Trolley with Hotel Pick-up -

The Original Quito City Tour in Trolley with Hotel Pick-up - "Small Group"

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Experience the best of Quito on this replica traditional tram tour. Trundle through the Ecuadorian capital’s colonial and modern neighborhoods; and hear tales of the city’s history and culture you might miss if alone. See the Plaza Grande and Basilica of the National Vow; admire panoramic views, and savor local ice cream (own cost). Monday tours bring the chance to watch the Changing of the Guard at the Presidential Palace.
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  • 5 hours
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Quito City Tour Double Decker Bus

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Quito City Tour Double Decker Bus

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Tour the capital city of Quito at your leisure aboard this popular hop-on hop-off bus tour. Enjoy hassle-free double-decker transportation through narrow city streets as you make your way to numerous city attractions and landmarks. Choose to get off at any of the stops and make the most of your time in Quito.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Photography Tour Quito at Night & Urban Legends

Photography Tour Quito at Night & Urban Legends

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Enjoy spectacular views, the center of Quito is illuminated at night, its streets, squares and churches illuminated with colored lights, so you can capture the best photographs and thus always remember your visit to this charming city.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Quito at Night & Urban Legends Tour -

Quito at Night & Urban Legends Tour - "Small Group"

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Discover the sights and lights of Quito at night with this evening tour of its historical, UNESCO-listed heart. Ride by illuminated churches and landmark sites such as the Basilica of the National Vow and Plaza Grande; and hear urban legends and insights into the city's cultural heritage you could easily miss otherwise. Finish by admiring views of the sparkling city from the hilltop viewpoint of Mirador del Panecillo—the perfect finale.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$15.00
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Full-Day Private Tour in Quito with Cable Car Ride and Volcano Hike

Full-Day Private Tour in Quito with Cable Car Ride and Volcano Hike

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Experience the history, culture, architecture and natural beauty of Quito on this memorable tour of Ecuador's capital city. Follow your expert guide through city streets and journey across the skies in South America's highest gondola. Explore a volcano on foot during a three-hour hike and make the most of your time in this incredible city!
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$131.29
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Cable Car and Quito Private City Tour

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Cable Car and Quito Private City Tour

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After your guide collects you from your hotel, set off an adventure around the city.  First, ascend to Quito’s famous viewpoint in a cable car. From 4,100 meters (13,000 feet) above sea level, you’ll see the city in all its splendor. Enjoy a leisurely stroll around the historic center, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Sight and stop to visit major attractions like the Presidential Palace, La Ronda, and the Cathedral.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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Private Quito City Tour

Private Quito City Tour

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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.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Quito By Night Tour

Quito By Night Tour

the night tour of Quito, is an elegant tour, where you can appreciate the beautiful Quito architecture and feel the city without external noise giving more privacy, you can enjoy a hot drink if the night is cold
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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$49.00
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Quito’s insights and flavors

Quito’s insights and flavors

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Quito’s insights and flavors Live an authentic experience! Explore Quito from a different perspective as you walk in the Historical Center visiting the dome of one of its iconic colonial churches and climbing El Panecillo Hill to see and understand the city from unique viewpoints. Discover the interior of Casa Gangotena, a wonderful early-20th century mansion as you enjoy tasting traditional snacks. We drive to Pomasqui,16 miles north of the Old Town, to learn about the fascinating culture of the Agave plant, including a taste of the Ecuadorian spirit known as Miske! History, colonial art, tradition and sophistication, local flavors and spectacular views await you.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$167.00
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City Tour: Historic Quito

City Tour: Historic Quito

Tour the largest and best preserved Historic Center in South America, live the traditional trades and experience the culture of the most touristic city in Ecuador.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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Middle of the World and Quito Private City Tour

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Middle of the World and Quito Private City Tour

Visit two of the world’s most interesting locations on a full-day private tour. First, visit one of only two inhabited volcanic craters in the world and see how locals are living. Then, head to the Intiñan Museum to visit the exact division of the northern and southern hemispheres at 00º 00’ 00”. Lastly, head to Quito for a tour of the world’s first UNESCO-listed city and learn about its rich history.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Private Quito City Tour

Private Quito City Tour

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This private Quito sightseeing tour gives you the inside scoop on Quito attractions. Along with a guide, travel through the city’s lovely settings en route to top sights such as Independence Square, San Francisco Church, and a vista point favorited by locals. Your guide shares fun facts and information about the city to help you see it through a local lens.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$60.30
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Full-Day Quito City Tour & Mitad del Mundo

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Full-Day Quito City Tour & Mitad del Mundo

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Enjoy a sampling of the natural, cultural and historical sights found around Quito during this comprehensive full-day tour. Take in gorgeous hilltop views of the city from Panecillo Hill and San Juan Mirador. You’ll also explore Quito’s historic city center by visiting several of its churches and colonial-era buildings. After lunch experience life on both sides of the earth’s equator at the Middle of the World monument before finishing your day with the amazing landscapes of Pululahua Geobotanical Reserve. Your comprehensive Quito trip also includes a guide, some site entrance fees and an optional private tour upgrade.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Quito's Top Attractions Pass with Airport Pick-Up (Save 10% on tickets)

Quito's Top Attractions Pass with Airport Pick-Up (Save 10% on tickets)

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See the best of Quito with this Top Attractions Pass that grants unlimited access to five of the city's top sites. Save 20 percent on entrances when you purchase this pass--and skip the lines upon arrival! It's the best way to see Mitad del Mundo (Middle of the World), Capilla del Hombre and Museu de la Ciudad y El Carmen Alto. Plus, use your pass to explore the city aboard The Original Quito Trolley tour and rent bikes at Quito's Bike Rental. Whether it's your first time in Quito, or you're a seasoned traveler in Ecuador, this pass is not to be missed!
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  • 2 to 180 days
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Full Day Middle of the World, Cable Car and Quito City Shared Tour

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Full Day Middle of the World, Cable Car and Quito City Shared Tour

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Don’t worry about confusing and time-consuming public transit in Quito; instead, opt for a comprehensive full-day excursion which covers several city highlights and includes private transportation. Ideal for visitors with limited time in the city, visit the Basilica del Voto Nacional, tour the old town, and more in the company of a local guide, learning more than you could if exploring independently.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Old Town Quito Sightseeing and Food Walking Tour

Old Town Quito Sightseeing and Food Walking Tour

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Discover the rich culture and history of Old Town Quito on this 4-hour guided walking tour. Hear the stories and legends behind the Ecuadorian capital’s most iconic landmarks that you visit, including Independence Plaza, Government Palace, the Independence Monument, and the Archbishop’s palace. On this tour, you don’t just sightsee — try your hand at making traditional chocolate, too. Plus top off this fantastic day with a stop at an old-school ice cream shop, and sample delightful flavors.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$81.00
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Private Quito City Tour with Teleférico

Private Quito City Tour with Teleférico

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Combine a city tour of downtown Quito with a ride on the teleférico during this 6-hour experience. Get panoramic views of the area around Quito from the cable car and learn about the city's history through visits to the historic center's squares, churches, and significant buildings. Round-trip transportation from select Quito hotels included.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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4-Day - Dreams of Quito

4-Day - Dreams of Quito

See the best of Quito’s center and its surroundings on a 4-day tour of Quito Old Town, Otavalo Market, and the Middle of the World Monument (Mitad del Mundo). Browse stalls selling indigenous crafts at the world-famous Otavalo Market, see the mighty Cayambe Volcano, and witness mind-boggling experiments at the Middle of the World Monument (Mitad del Mundo) aka the Equator. Plus, you’ll take a comprehensive tour of Quito Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Accommodation, breakfast, and hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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  • 4 days
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$362.00
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Quito Old Town Private Walking Tour

Quito Old Town Private Walking Tour

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A walking tour of Quito is a great way for first-time visitors to discover all that this city has to offer, and a small-group tour is the perfect way to do it. Join a group of no more than 12 people for a fun and personalized walk through Ecuador's capital city, including a stroll through its historic district, visits to key monuments, and tastings of favorite local street foods.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Original Quito City Tour in Trolley

Original Quito City Tour in Trolley

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In this wonderful tour, we will visit the largest and most preserved historic center of Latin America, the historic center of Quito, in Trolley! We will make a stop at the Basilica of the National Vow and at the Panecillo, where we find a huge figure of the Virgin of Legarda, emblem of the city of Quito. Then, we will walk on La Ronda street and visit workshops.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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