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Free Historical Centre Tour of Quito

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Where: Independence Square

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Language: English & Spanish

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Time: 10:00

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Duration: 3 hours

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Price: Free

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.

Main Square Quito
carondelet Palace Quito
Tourist Guides at Presidential Palace
San Francisco Plaza
Traditional Dancer in Quito
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Free Historical Centre Tour of Quito Highlights

  • Discover how the city was built as a reflection of the Jaguar Head as seen in the stars, an astrological phenomena that only takes places in Ecuador, the center of the world.
  • Admire the magnificent Pichincha volcano, which erupted in 1999, leaving a massive mushroom of ash in the sky of the city that covered the sun for two whole weeks.
  • Enjoy some of the best examples of hispanic colonial architecture in South America as we visit temples which are over 5 centuries old.

Price: Free

Meeting Point: Independence Square

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Free Historical Centre Tour of Quito Features

Liberty Statue
Presidential Palace
Metropolitan Cathedral
Archbishops Palace
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
Liberty Statue

Presidential Palace

Metropolitan Cathedral

Archbishops Palace

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

Liberty Statue
Presidential Palace
Presidential Palace
Metropolitan Cathedral
Metropolitan Cathedral
Archbishops Palace
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
Liberty Statue

Presidential Palace
Presidential Palace

Metropolitan Cathedral
Metropolitan Cathedral

Archbishops Palace

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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Reviews

Verónica was very welcoming

5/5 Stars

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

July, 2018

We learnt about the history of Quito and Ecuador

5/5 Stars

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

July, 2018

Starting Point

Starting Point: Independence Square

Independence Square, at the Liberty Statue, located in the middle of the Square. (See map)

FAQ

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.

In an effort to keep the group sizes manageable and enjoyable for everyone in the group we don’t allow groups of 8 people or more to join 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.

Interested in a Private Tour?

If you want more flexibility with your own guide you can book this as a private tour for just $100.

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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Meeting Point: Independence Square

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Price: Free

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