Private Tour of Historic Quito, Ecuador and Mitad del Mundo

Cultural & Theme Tours in Quito

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On this private tour you will leave at 9 AM and get to know two of the most important places in Quito; the historic center and Mitad del Mundo. First you will be taken on an unforgettable journey through the largest and least-altered historic center of South America. Visiting this UNESCO world heritage site you will find a great mixture of Spanish and Indigenous culture, which is showcased at its best in the many historic buildings and churches such as the Basilica Church, the Independence Square, La Compañia Church, San Francisco Square and the Panecillo hill. At the Mitad del Mundo Museum you are offered a great interactive experience demonstrating the unique characteristics of being on the exact location of the Equator line. This tour is private and won't be shared with other passengers, and will accommodate from 1 passenger up to a group of 45 passengers maximum. 
ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Basilica del Voto Nacional, Quito, Pichincha ProvinceThe Basilica Church is better known as one of the largest Neo-Gothic churches of the Americas. Climbing one of the towers will reward you with an amazing view of the surrounding mountains and city.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Plaza de la Independencia (Plaza Grande), Quito, Pichincha ProvinceIn the heart of the old town we can find the Plaza de la Independencia, better known as Plaza Grande or the Independence Square. The guide will happily share his knowledge about this important place and surrounding buildings, such as the Presidential Palace.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Iglesia de La Compania de Jesus, Quito, Pichincha ProvinceLa Compañia Church: Quito’s most embellished church. With many beautiful wood carvings, gilded plaster and gold leaf decorations it is no wonder why this church is better known as one of the most significant works of Spanish Baroque in South AmericaDuration: 30 minutesStop At: San Francisco Church (Iglesia de San Francisco), Quito, Pichincha ProvinceThe San Francisco Church is home to over 3.500 pieces of colonial art and the city’s beloved 18th century sculpture of the Virgen of Quito.Duration: 20 minutesStop At: El Panecillo, Quito, Pichincha ProvinceOn top of the Panecillo hill you will have a great view of the 45-meter high statue of the Virgen of Quito against the backdrop of all the amazing historic buildings you just visited.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Mitad Del Mundo, San Antonio de Pichincha, Quito, Pichincha ProvinceYou will receive a great interactive experience at the Inti Ñan Museum. Through various experiments they will demonstrate you the unique characteristics of being on the Equator line. Who knows you could become an egg master balancing a raw egg on a nail at the middle of the world!Duration: 1 hour

What’s included

  • Transport by private vehicle
  • Private tour
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from/to centrally located hotels in Quito
  • Professional bilingual Guide
  • Bottle of purified water

What’s not included

  • Entrance fees Basilica Church $2 per person, La Compañia Church $5 per person, El Panecillo $1 per person and Mitad del Mundo Museum $4 per person (subject to change without prior notice)
  • Food and drinks
  • Tips
  • Personal expenses
  • There is an extra charge for hotel pick-off and/or drop-off outside of the city centre
  • Entry/Admission - Basilica del Voto Nacional
  • Entry/Admission - Iglesia de La Compania de Jesus
  • Entry/Admission - El Panecillo
  • Entry/Admission - Mitad Del Mundo

Highlights

  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Private tour is operated with just your party and a guide/driver
  • Great overview and orientation of the city
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