Free Historical Centre Tour of Quito
Where: Independence Square
Language: English & Spanish
Duration: 3 hours
Explore a city built as a reflection of the constellations which shaped the old town. Quito is the highest capital in the world, where North and South meet in an equinoctial circle of perfect symmetry. On our Free Historical Center Tour of Quito you will go through it’s more than 15 centuries of history, from the original Quitus, through the Inca and Spanish empires, until present day Quito.
Learn about the indigenous people of the Kingdom of Quito, who measured time and created the first solar agricultural calendar 5,900 years ago.
Unfold all the layers of Quiteñan history as you walk through its narrow curvy streets and plazas full of convents and crossings. Hear the stories of the last Inca King and of Ruminñahui, the head of the Inca army, who burnt the city so that the Spanish couldn’t take it and then hid all the Inca gold, starting all the legends of El Dorado, still unfound today!
On our Historical Center Tour of Quito you will discover a modern metropolis, that was, is, and always will be the dreamt land of the straight Sun and the linear Time.
La Merced Church
Church and Convent of San Francisco
San Francisco Catacombs
The Church of the Society of Jesus
Carmen Alto Church
Santo Domingo Church
La ronda Street
Virgin of Quito
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Verónica was very welcoming and took great pains to make sure everyone felt included even those who joined the tour late. I felt that she gave us something extra. I also appreciated the fact that she took us to try out special foods and games. Very well done.
- Wendy Coulson
Very interesting tour. Our guide was knowledgeable and knows her city and provided useful tips about places to visit after the tour. We learnt about the history of Quito and Ecuador. It was also a useful tour to orientate ourselves in Quito. We saw the main sights and went into 2 churches. On the practical side, there was a toilet stop and a stop to buy hand made ice cream.
- Dominique Le Marchand
Independence Square, at the Liberty Statue, located in the middle of the Square. (See map)
The Free Historical Centre Tour of Quito runs Tuesdays to Sundays at 10.00 from Independence Square, at the Liberty Statue, located in the middle of the Square. No tours on the 24th, 25th, 31th of December and 1st of January
The Free Historical Centre Tour of Quito ends around Boulevard 24 de Mayo.
The Free Historical Centre Tour of Quito lasts around 3h.
Go to the meeting point and look for our guide carrying a red umbrella. If you have any problems finding the location please contact us on our Global WhatsApp support: +52 1 221 205 3215.
Due to the high demand of our tours you can only join the tour if you have made a reservation. So please make a reservation: it is absolutely free, it takes less than one minute, and it helps us make sure that we have enough guides there to cover the demand. Help us make your Strawberry Tour experience unforgettable! Please note that we can't take groups of 8 people or more on our regular tours, instead, please get in touch with us here to enquire about a private tour.
All our tours are free. That means that at the end of the tour, you can choose to reward the guide if you wish so, according to your enjoyment and your possibilities. A part of that goes towards covering our marketing and operational costs. This system ensures great quality in the tours, extremely high client satisfaction, and last but not least, that absolutely everyone can come on our tours, regardless of their budget.
We are then able to set the start time to whatever suits you and make the experience more personal. This is also a great option for groups of 8 people or more that are unable to join our free tours together
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