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History, Culture and Traditions of Quito
  • History, Culture and Traditions of Quito

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History, Culture and Traditions of Quito

Visit the largest and best preserved Historic Center of South America. Experience the traditional trades and culture of the most touristic city of Ecuador. Explore a local market and its traditions, in addition to La Capilla del Hombre.

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  • Explore Quito on board a trolley that's a replica of a historic tram
  • Admire the churches and colonial monuments of the historic center
  • Take in views of colonial and modern Quito from the Mirador del Panecillo
  • Discover a traditional market
  • Learn about the Guayasamin Museum


You will first visit the historic center, the largest and best preserved in South America in a trolley which is a replica of the trams that circulated in Quito in the last century. Visit the Basilica del Voto Nacional Church, where you will be able to climb up to its high domes. Later move towards the Panecillo viewpoint, an iconic place in the city renowned for its beauty and where you will find a giant statue of the 'Winged Virgin.' From there you will be able to admire a beautiful landscape of colonial and modern Quito. Later you will continue to the Plaza de San Francisco which is full of history. Then you will walk to the Plaza Grande, the historical and political center of the city surrounded by innumerable attractions including the Cathedral, the Palace of Government, the Archbishop's Palace and the La Compañía church. You will finish your history tour in the traditional La Ronda neighborhood where you can find workshops where you will learn from a group of local artisans how their works are created, and about the trades of yesteryear that stay alive in the cultural traditions of this charming city.  The route for the culture and traditions portion of your tour starts in the center-north of the city in the commercial, banking and hotel area of Modern Quito. You will then go to one of the traditional markets of the city, where you can enjoy the colorful landscape produced by the stalls full of fruits and vegetables from all regions of our country. The market is full of both familiar and unfamiliar flavors and is the best place to discover a  variety of local products and their producers. From the market, you will go visit the Guayasamín House Museum also known as “Capilla del Hombre,' the most important plastic artist of Ecuador in the modern era, and know the great value of the artistic heritage assets that this artist left the country.


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Important Information

  • Tour departs from the following Quito hotels: Rio Amazonas, Holiday Inn, Wyndham Garden, Kaia, Mercure Alameda, Hilton Colon, and Swissotel • If you are not staying at these hotels, your pick up will be at GALERIA ECUADOR (Reina Victoria N24-263 y Lizardo García) • Monday to Saturday: 8:15 AM - City Tour Quito • Monday to Saturday: 2:15 PM - Culture and Traditions of Quito

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