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How to Spend 2 Days in Quito

How to Spend 2 Days in Quito

Quito ranks among South America’s most scenic capitals, and with two days to spend in the city, you’ll have enough time to wander its colonial heart, take in its panoramic views, and dig deeper into its culture and culinary heritage. Read on for tips on how to spend the ultimate 48 hours in Quito. 

Day 1: Around Town

**Morning:**This morning, orient yourself with a sightseeing tour of colonial Quito. The compact Centro Historico, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is home to numerous points of interest, including the Governor’s Palace, basilica, San Francisco Church, and gilded La Compañia Church. Go at your own pace with a ride on the hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus.

**Afternoon:**This afternoon, head up to the hills for some of the best panoramic views over Quito. You have two main options (one or the other is often included in full-day city tours): El Panecillo with its hilltop statue of the Virgin Mary or the Pichincha volcano, accessible via the Teleferico Quito gondola.

**Night:**After a day of sightseeing, nothing beats a cold beer. Reward yourself this evening with a craft-beer tour to some of the city’s best breweries. Learn more about beer’s rich history in Ecuador, as well as how beer is made in Quito’s modern brewing facilities. If you’re not a beer drinker, opt for a walking food tour of the old city instead.

Day 2: Food and Culture

**Morning:**Learn all about Andean cuisine during a morning Ecuadorian cooking class. Most of these hands-on classes include a visit to the market to pick out ingredients, followed by a chef-led class where you’ll learn to prepare traditional dishes such as potato cheese soup, fish in coconut sauce, tamales, or empanadas. Dine on your creations for lunch.

**Afternoon:**Put one foot in each hemisphere with a quick half-day trip to Ecuador’s Middle of the World (Mitad del Mundo). Snap a photo at the equatorial line and learn more about the influence of the Earth’s poles at the Intiñan Museum.

**Night:**Celebrate the end of your time in Quito tonight with a live performance by the Ecuadorian National Folkloric Ballet. These shows feature traditional costume, dance, and music from a range of Andean cultures. Upgrade your experience to include an Andean dinner and drink before the show starts.

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Full Day Quito City Tour Including Teleférico and Mitad del Mundo

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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  • 9 hours
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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
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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

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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Private Tour: Middle of the World & Pululahua Crater. All entrances included!

Private Tour: Middle of the World & Pululahua Crater. All entrances included!

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Straddle two different hemispheres during this half-day visit to the equator at Ecuador’s famous ‘Mitad del Mundo.' Try out some unique physics experiments demonstrating the influence of the earth’s poles at the Intiñan Museum. This trip includes a guide, Intiñan Museum entrance fees, round-trip hotel transport, and an optional upgrade for a private tour.
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  • 5 hours
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Quito Cooking Class

Quito Cooking Class

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Take a delicious and enriching class in traditional Ecuadorian cuisine. After a welcome drink, head to the market in the historic center with a local chef and select ingredients for three typical regional dishes: Locro Quiteño, Encocado and chocolate soup. Learn the history of each dish as you peel, cut, season and mix. Afterward, enjoy the fruit of your labor on the host’s lovely patio.
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  • 4 hours 15 minutes
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Jacchigua Show Including Dinner + Transfer

Jacchigua Show Including Dinner + Transfer

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Spend a memorable night out in Quito with dinner and a performance of the renowned ‘Jacchigua’ show presented by the Ecuadorean National Folkloric Ballet. Savor a meal of haute Andean cuisine and a welcome drink before taking your seats for a brilliant display of traditional music, dancing, and costumes featuring more than 90 talented performers and special effects. Hotel pickup and drop-off makes it a safe and stress-free nightlife experience.
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