The Adventure: Quito''s city center, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978.
Physical rating: 2-4
Adventure rating: A great day out learning about Quitos history with some spectacular views.
Adventure Highlights: Iglesia la Compania, San Francisco, Basilica.
Quito, the capital of Ecuador, was founded in the 16th century on the ruins of an Inca city and stands at an altitude of 2,850 m. Despite the 1917 earthquake, the city has the best-preserved, least altered historic centre in Latin America. The monasteries of San Francisco and Santo Domingo and the Church and Jesuit College of La Compañía, with their rich interiors, are pure examples of the ''Baroque school of Quito'', which is a fusion of Spanish, Italian, Moorish, Flemish and indigenous art.
We begin our tour in the north of the city visiting the Guapulo Mirador, we then make our way south passing by the Legislative Palace (Congress) where the rock murals that are related to the history of Ecuador can be appreciated.
The tour will then continue through the Gran Colombia Avenue up to the Basilica Church, where we will make a brief stop. From there we will visit the San Juan Mirador where we will have a beautiful sight of Colonial Quito.
Walking through the colonial streets we will then stop at the Independence Plaza to admire the Cathedral, the Government''s Palace and the Archbishops palace. Furthermore, we will visit the church, La Compañia where adornments and gold altars can be appreciated, a visit to the Sagrario Church and San Francisco which was built in the XVII century. We will then head to the Panecillo Mirador, a fantastic sightseeing spot where we will be able to admire the combination of colonial and modern Quito.
Mode of Transport:
The vehicle will be driven by a trained and licensed coach driver with many years of experience.
- Transport in a safe, comfortable and modern people transporter.
- Trained and experienced bilingual guide will lead the tour.
Please let Carolina & Frank know if you would like to take part in this one-day city tour of Colonial Quito.
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