Steeped in history, Ecuador’s capital Quito is one of South America’s best preserved colonial cities. In fact, it was due to its rich cultural heritage that the historical centre in the old city was declared the first World Heritage Cultural Site by UNESCO in 1978.
As the historical centre with its charming colonial houses and churches became too small, a 'new city' was built with modern skyscrapers, broad avenues and urban parks.
This sightseeing excursion offers the best of old and modern Quito and showcases a city that is well-known for its impressive architectural heritage.
You will be picked up from your hotel (or closest pick-up point) and taken in an air-conditioned vehicle for a guided sightseeing tour of the city of Quito.
Known as the “Andean Shangri-la” or the “Florence of America”, touching its brilliant blue sky at 2800 meters above sea level, Quito was the first city to be declared by UNESCO a World Cultural Heritage Site, in recognition of its historic, architectonic and artistic value.
The City’s Historical Center, the largest and best preserved in Latin America, displays on its centuries old narrow streets, plazas, churches, monasteries and monuments a superb fusion of cultures and artistic styles which fascinates visitors and represents an unparalleled historic jewel.
A visit to the Church and Convent of Santo Domingo is part of this spectacular visit; this convent has the best exhibition of architectural and religious art in the colonial city. In approximately two hours, yopu will have the opportunity to be delighted by the delicate and unusual beauty of this colonial Convent.
Treasures as the Chapels of El Rosario and Pompeya whose walls and columns are decorated in gold with an original blend of vegetable and anthropomorphic figures are a vivid example of the world famous Quito School of Art. The Convent of Santo Domingo displays colossal doors and ceilings covered with oil paintings and gold leaf; it takes us back in time and dazzled us with its supreme beauty. At the end, if time permits, drive to the hill of Panecillo for a panoramic view of the city.
At the end of this tour, you will be dropped back at your hotel in Quito.
Start time: 09:00am and 03:00pm
Duration: 4 hours
You will be picked up from selected hotels in Quito.
(Please advise your hotel at the time of booking. If your hotel is not a pick-up location, you will be advised of the closest pick-up point. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 24 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details.)
Selected hotels/ closest drop-off point in Quito
Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details.
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