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

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Quito, Ecuador

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icon1 day  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more
Good for avoiding crowds


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.
  • Tour Old Town Quito and visit the Equator
  • Take a ride on South America's highest gondola
  • Learn about cultures and tradition from a local guide
  • Round-trip hotel transport included
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Transport by minivan or compact (medium) car (depending on pax number)
Local driver/guide
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 7 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • Minimum age is 18 years
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Lead Adventures

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Quito Old Town Tour with Gondola Ride and Visit to the Equator?
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Quito Old Town Tour with Gondola Ride and Visit to the Equator.
What is the policy on sanitization during Quito Old Town Tour with Gondola Ride and Visit to the Equator?
The policy on sanitization is:

  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Quito Old Town Tour with Gondola Ride and Visit to the Equator.
What is the maximum group size during Quito Old Town Tour with Gondola Ride and Visit to the Equator?
This activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Quito Old Town Tour with Gondola Ride and Visit to the Equator.


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Great intro to Quito
, Jun 2021
Great intro to Quito. We loved the gondola ride and the equator museum. We learned a ton. Our tour guide was great! Super nice and lots of info. She put up with all our picture taking. Lol
A great way to see Quito
, Mar 2020
My husband and I were very pleased with our private tour. Our knowledgeable guide, Malena, knew many facts and answered all our questions. We wanted to see more of the city of Quito and fewer historic sights. She helped to make this possible. Great driving by driver, Alexis. We enjoyed a delicious Ecuadorian lunch on the way to Mitad del Mundo. The group tour there was a bit long but we learned some interesting facts. A great day!
Quito in a day
, Feb 2020
This is a great way to see Quito in one day. We were on our way to Galapagos with a day lay over in Quito. In one full day we went to the equator, Mitad Del Mundo, gondola to El Teleférico highest point, a local lunch and tour of old town.
Quito in a day
, Feb 2020
First I would like to start with our guide Carlos. He was awesome! He explained what the day would entail driving to our first location along with the suggestion that the day would be what we wanted to see. Our first stop was Mitad del Mundo which was full of fun facts about how things work on the equator. Even though we participated in a larger tour at this location, Carlos remained with us and also answered any questions we had. Next stop was the Gondola ride. Line was longer than normal and Carlos suggested the fast pass which was an additional cost but not a significant amount more. The ride up was spectacular and the day was sunny and offered amazing views of the city. Then it was off to the old city where we had lunch before beginning our walking tour. The restaurant was reasonable and the menu varied from traditional Ecuadorian cuisine to more main stream. Afterwards we visited some of the churches and other historical buildings in the old city. Carlos provided historical information as we wandered thru the city. This tour is a great way to see the highlights in one day. Again our guide Carlos was awesome and made the tour a success!
As advertised whirlwind Quito tour
, Jul 2019
Carlos from Lead Adventures was an outstanding guide, starting off with a very punctual beginning 5 minutes early. Even though the Basilica was almost 20 minutes late to open, Carlos walked us around the area and provided both facts and entertaining anecdotes. We should have asked for more time in Centro Historico and less at the equator, as there is so much rich architecture and history in Quito and so little time to see it. Overall, we enjoyed the tour and would have done it again if we only had 1-2 days to see the highlights of Quito.
Christina- best guide in Quito
, Jun 2019
Christina was a kind and knowledgeable guide. Her passion for the culture, history and folklore were evident. What a fantastic introduction to Ecuador.
This was a terrific tour and our...
, Feb 2018
This was a terrific tour and our guide Juan was excellent. He was very friendly, and knowledgeable. We went to a fantastic seafood restaurant for lunch and since it just my husband and myself on the tour we bought Juan lunch, which he never acknowledged. The only negative in an otherwise great day.
Our guide Juan was terrific, the...
Cynthia G
, Nov 2017
Our guide Juan was terrific, the tour was very well organised, interesting, and very comprehensive.
Great guide (Ana), great driver...
, Jun 2017
Great guide (Ana), great driver. Lots of information and lots of fun. Unfortunately the Gondola was shut down for maintenance but they found us great alternatives. Beautiful day all over Quito.
Luis of Lead Adventures was the...
, Aug 2016
Luis of Lead Adventures was the best! He was very detailed in explaining about his city and country. He kept us safe. He helped me get the wonderful photos I collect. We enjoyed our full day with Luis.

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