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Independence Plaza (Plaza de la Independencia)
Independence Plaza (Plaza de la Independencia)

Independence Plaza (Plaza de la Independencia) Tours and Tickets

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Flanked by several important buildings—the Archbishop’s Palace, City Hall, Government Palace, and the cathedral—Plaza de la Independencia (Plaza Grande to the locals) has been part of Quito’s streetscape since 16th century. What was once a central market and bullfighting arena is today a shady square.

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St. and Chile St., Quito, Ecuador, 170401
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Full Day Quito City Tour Including Teleférico and Mitad del Mundo

Full Day Quito City Tour Including Teleférico and Mitad del Mundo

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Get a sense of the architecture, history, and culture of Quito during this private tour visiting the city’s top sights. Start with an exploration of the historic city center of this Ecuadorian capital, visiting its main Basilica, Independence Plaza, and many more colonial-era sites. Then take a trip aboard the Teleférico to a peak more than 13,000 feet (4,000 meters) above the city for sublime views, finishing your day at ‘Mitad del Mundo,’ a monument marking where the earth’s equator splits the world into north and south.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$119.00
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$119.00
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Quito City Tour Double Decker Bus

Quito City Tour Double Decker Bus

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Tour the capital city of Quito at your leisure aboard this popular hop-on hop-off bus tour. Enjoy hassle-free double-decker transportation through narrow city streets as you make your way to numerous city attractions and landmarks. Choose to get off at any of the stops and make the most of your time in Quito.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$15.00
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$15.00

Private Quito City Tour including Panecillo´s Hill,La Compañia & Basilica Church

Private Quito City Tour including Panecillo´s Hill,La Compañia & Basilica Church

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Immerse yourself in Quito’s colonial past during this 4-hour tour of the city’s Old District and major historic sights. Explore the top attractions of the city’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed historic center, including the churches of San Francisco and La Compañía, its main Basilica, Independence Plaza and government palace. You’ll also enjoy postcard-worthy views of the city from Panecillo Hill and learn about Quito’s history, food and culture from your guide. This half-day tour of Quito also covers entrance fees at La Compañía and San Francisco church and round-trip hotel transport.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$79.00
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$79.00
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Afternoon Coffee in Quito - Foodie Tour with empanada cooking class

Afternoon Coffee in Quito - Foodie Tour with empanada cooking class

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This tour is truly a foodie paradise, come along for a wonderful experience in Quito! Take part in the timeless tradition of Afternoon Coffee (El Cafe de la Tarde) in Quito. Explore the Historic Center in search of hard-to-find local shops. Taste authentic Ecuadorian and Quiteño cuisine. You will have a great in-the-know guide who will take you on a foodie adventure along the narrow and busy streets of Old Town. Your friendly guide will entertain you with great stories about the food you taste and the shops you visit. - Afternoon food walking tour in Quito's Historic Center - Visit hard-to-find shops: a coffee roaster, a chocolatier, a yesteryear cafeteria for tasting local treats and ice cream. - Make coffee the local way with a "chuspa" or cheesecloth filter. - Entice your palate with local treats, great coffee, delicious chocolate, and plenty more culinary delights!
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$110.00
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$110.00

Full Day Middle of the World, Cable Car and Quito City Shared Tour

Full Day Middle of the World, Cable Car and Quito City Shared Tour

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Don’t worry about confusing and time-consuming public transit in Quito; instead, opt for a comprehensive full-day excursion which covers several city highlights and includes private transportation. Ideal for visitors with limited time in the city, visit the Basilica del Voto Nacional, tour the old town, and more in the company of a local guide, learning more than you could if exploring independently.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$69.00
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$69.00

Quito Rebel Tours

Quito Rebel Tours

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This tour is for experts at avoiding tourist traps, who revolt at insipid food, and those who couldn’t bare leaving a city not really sure about what they just saw. Quito is brimming with secrets, but a tapioca rendition worried about grappling with its complex history is going to leave out all the juicy good parts. While you will see many of the usual stops in the Historic Center, I’ll break down their significance in Quito’s 500 year struggle over its identity. As a backdrop to the story, we'll visit: - El Panecillo - San Francisco Church - La Compania ($4.00 Included) - La Plaza Grande - My Favorite Ecuadorian Chocolate Brand - Basilica de Voto Nacional What we won't do: bore you with dates and names or pull any punches. What you can expect: an intimate in depth look at why visiting Quito was a great choice. We’ll finish with a great lunch with a beautiful view where you can ask me where to find the best beer, nightlife, vegan food and anything else that comes to mind.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$42.00
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$42.00

The Original Quito City Tour in Trolley with Hotel Pick-up -

The Original Quito City Tour in Trolley with Hotel Pick-up - "Small Group"

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Experience the best of Quito on this replica traditional tram tour. Trundle through the Ecuadorian capital’s colonial and modern neighborhoods; and hear tales of the city’s history and culture you might miss if alone. See the Plaza Grande and Basilica of the National Vow; admire panoramic views, and savor local ice cream (own cost). Monday tours bring the chance to watch the Changing of the Guard at the Presidential Palace.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$40.00
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$40.00

Historic City of Quito and The Middle of the World -

Historic City of Quito and The Middle of the World - "Small Group"

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Explore Quito’s UNESCO-listed historic center and visit the famous Equator Line on this full-day tour from Quito. Admire landmarks such as the Basilica del Voto Nacional and Independence Plaza on a walking tour of Quito; take in the views from the Mirador del Panecillo viewpoint; then walk along the Equator Line at the Mitad del Mundo. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$40.00
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Day tour in QUITO | All Main Attractions

Day tour in QUITO | All Main Attractions

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This is the most complete QUITO day tour you have ever imagined! We are covering a lot and will never feel rushed! It might end up being a private tour but if we have other potential participants, this might include one or more participants. -TELEFERICO (cable car) to reach the 4000 meters / 12000 feet (geat view of Quito) -SWING IN THE CLOUDS. we will hike for about 15 minutes until we get there - MITAD DEL MUNDO ( equator line) We are visiting the real equator line where there is a very interesting museum -BASILICA DE QUITO which is the biggest neogotic church in south America, We are planning to visit all inside - LUNCH TIME. (optional) -OLD & HISTORICAL CITY: - EL SAGRARIO CHURCH (inside) - PLAZA DE LA INDEPENDENCIA - IGLESIA DE LA COMPANIA (from outside) - SAN FRANCISCO CHURCH (inside) - SAN FRANCISCO SQUARE -CHOCOLATE TASTING. Depending how we are going with our timing. We can include a delicious experience as an appetizer previous to lunch.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$85.00
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$85.00
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Private Quito City Tour and Food Tasting

Private Quito City Tour and Food Tasting

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Take this relaxing and flexible half-day-experience in Quito, to taste some of the best local foods and fruits of this charming country, escorted by certified and knowledgeable tour guides, and count with the privacy and safety you need during your stay in this wonderful city! Discover the history and traditions of this magnificent jewel using your five senses, and enjoy with your family a different perspective of Ecuador..!
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$99.00
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$99.00
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Explore Old Town Quito: Sightseeing, Food, Culture Small Group Walking Tour
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Explore Old Town Quito: Sightseeing, Food, Culture Small Group Walking Tour

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Discover the rich culture and history of Old Town Quito on this 3-hour guided walking tour. Hear the stories and legends behind the Ecuadorian capital’s most iconic landmarks that you visit, including Independence Plaza, Government Palace, the Independence Monument, and the Archbishop’s palace. On this tour, you don’t just sightsee — try your hand at making traditional ice cream, too., using uniquely South American ingredients Visit the market where every kiosk tells a story, and uncover local culture and customs as you explore the heart of Old Town. Plus top off this fantastic day with a stop at an old-school ice cream shop, and sample delightful flavors.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$35.00
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$35.00
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Gastronomic and Cultural Walking Tour of Quito with Tastings

Gastronomic and Cultural Walking Tour of Quito with Tastings

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Are you looking for a tour that mixes history, culture and gastronomy? This tour is the perfect opportunity to get to know the city of Quito and its hidden wonders, along with its landscapes you will have beautiful photographs to remember all your life.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$45.00
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$45.00

Discover all Quito; Old town + Mitad del Mundo + Teleferico

Discover all Quito; Old town + Mitad del Mundo + Teleferico

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Join us to discover the best of Quito city, the capital city of Ecuador. You'll start walking in the historical center, this is the first Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO, and the largest old-town in Latin America. The mandatory visits are Basilica de Voto Nacional church, Plaza Grande, Carondelet Palace, Primary Cathedral and La Compañia de Jesús (the gold church). The tour continues to teleferico de Quito the best viewpoint of the city, one of the active volcanoes near Quito. In the afternoon you'll visit the equator line complex. It is halfway between the North Pole and the South Pole, at 0 degrees latitude. You will walk on the equator that divides the planet into a Northern Hemisphere and a Southern Hemisphere.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$69.00
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$69.00
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Full Day Private Tour of the City of Quito with a Guide

Full Day Private Tour of the City of Quito with a Guide

This tour is for you if what you want is to learn more about the city of Quito, its history, architecture, we will take a tour of the Historic Center of Quito, the Middle of the World City, and as another alternative depending on the interests and time of tourists we can include a visit to the Quito Cable Car where you will climb to 4100 meters.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$49.10
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$49.10

Private Full Day Quito City and Middle of the World Monument Tour

Private Full Day Quito City and Middle of the World Monument Tour

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Maximise your time in Quito with a private full-day tour that checks off all of the capital’s most popular attractions. Take in the highlights of the UNESCO-listed historic center; admire landmarks such as Plaza de la Independencia, San Francisco Monastery, and the Panecillo; then walk along the Equator Line at the Intiñan museum. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$100.00
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$100.00
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Private Quito City Tour with Teleférico and Horse Ride in Pichincha Volcano

Private Quito City Tour with Teleférico and Horse Ride in Pichincha Volcano

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Spend an entire day exploring the city of Quito with an expert guide. Learn about local cultures and traditions as you make your way through scenic landscapes and urban streets. Visit Teleferico and relax on a picturesque horseback ride to Pichincha Volcano, where you'll find incredible views of Quito.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$169.00
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$169.00
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Private Full-Day Quito City Tour & Mitad del Mundo

Private Full-Day Quito City Tour & Mitad del Mundo

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Enjoy a sampling of the natural, cultural and historical sights found around Quito during this comprehensive full-day tour. Take in gorgeous hilltop views of the city from Panecillo Hill and San Juan Mirador. You’ll also explore Quito’s historic city center by visiting several of its churches and colonial-era buildings. After lunch experience life on both sides of the earth’s equator at the Middle of the World monument before finishing your day with the amazing landscapes of Pululahua Geobotanical Reserve. Your comprehensive Quito trip also includes a guide, some site entrance fees and an optional private tour upgrade.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$129.00
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$129.00
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Quito City Tour Private

Quito City Tour Private

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Quito city tour with us is the best experience! Our goal is to show travelers all over the world the true Quito with its unique nature, culture, hospitality of the city's inhabitants, offering individual high-level services, taking into account and taking care of every detail of the tour to fully satisfy our most demanding customers.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$65.00
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$65.00
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Quito Old Town and Middle of the World Private Tour

Quito Old Town and Middle of the World Private Tour

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Save time and cover more ground than you could on foot during this full-day guided tour of Quito and the surrounds. Navigate the city’s steep hills by car, visit some of Quito’s top attractions, and learn more about each location than you would independently from your bilingual guide. Plus, the private format guarantees a personalized experience, ideal for time-pressed travelers.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$166.67
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Quito Old Town Private Walking Tour - Local Market - Fruits & Chocolate Tasting

Quito Old Town Private Walking Tour - Local Market - Fruits & Chocolate Tasting

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A walking tour of Quito is a great way for first-time visitors to discover all that this city has to offer, and a small-group tour is the perfect way to do it. Join a group of no more than 12 people for a fun and personalized walk through Ecuador's capital city, including a stroll through its historic district, visits to key monuments, and tastings of favorite local street foods.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$59.00
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$59.00
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Quilotoa-Baños 2-Day Tour Including All Activities

Quilotoa-Baños 2-Day Tour Including All Activities

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In just two days you will visit the most beautifull lake of Ecuador and Baños, the adventure city. You will be able to visit the turquoise lake and see the Devil´s Cualdron waterfall, the swing at the end of the world, the hot springs and ride the cable car over the Pastaza river. You will travel safely with expert guides who will let you know all the attractions like a local and will take you to try the best typical food in the area. It is an adventure tour with a lot of nature and outdoor activities
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$229.00
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$229.00
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Quito City Tour & Teleferico Cable Car Private

Quito City Tour & Teleferico Cable Car Private

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Quito city tour with us is the best experience! Our goal is to show travelers all over the world the true Quito with its unique nature, culture, hospitality of the city's inhabitants, offering individual high-level services, taking into account and taking care of every detail of the tour to fully satisfy our most demanding customers. The cable car has become one of the main attractions of Quito since it opened its doors in 2005. The cable car is an excellent option to have a panoramic view of the Pichincha Volcano and the landscape of Quito. It starts at 2,950 meters above sea level and reaches 4,050 meters above sea level: the crest of Cruz Loma, next to the Pichincha volcano. It has 18 cars, which will go up the mountain range for 10 minutes. At 4050 meters, you will be greeted by a large scenic landscape. The páramo of the Pichincha volcano, at the top of Cruz Loma, offers a spectacular view of the entire city of Quito.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$98.66
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Private Quito City Tour By Night

Private Quito City Tour By Night

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Did you have the opportunity to leave apart a day off to explore Quito's Old Town during the planning of your journey in Ecuador? If not, this is the best option to spend a layover stay in Quito, learning and having great memories of the rich history of the highest Capital City of the World! Discover this wonderful World Cultural Heritage Site in a safe way, staying away from crowds, and at the comfort of a flexible and customizable private tour. Have a memorable walk through most of the charming streets at night, and have a great taste of Quito!
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$54.00
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$54.00
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Quito at Night & Urban Legends Tour -

Quito at Night & Urban Legends Tour - "Small Group"

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Discover the sights and lights of Quito at night with this evening tour of its historical, UNESCO-listed heart. Ride by illuminated churches and landmark sites such as the Basilica of the National Vow and Plaza Grande; and hear urban legends and insights into the city's cultural heritage you could easily miss otherwise. Finish by admiring views of the sparkling city from the hilltop viewpoint of Mirador del Panecillo—the perfect finale.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$20.00
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