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TOURIST  ATTRACTIONS & PLACES; TOURS, TO VISIT & SEE IN OLD TOWN COLONIAL QUITO, ECUADOR

Visit old town Quito, Ecuador

In Lonely Planet's 10 best cities of the world to visit in 2016, Ecuador's capital Quito ranked number 2! Without question, America's most scenic capital is Quito, has many unique things to do: its gorgeous colonial churches, monuments & museums, and cable carts to the top of Mount Pichincha. One of the world's first cities to become a UNESCO World Heritage site, the district of old town Quito, Ecuador, has been flying under the travelers' radar for a long time. When we lived in Quito in the 1970s, we could never imagine that one day Quito would be so beautifully restored and that we would stroll through what is now Latin America's most beautiful capital. At a distance of about 10km south of the equator, Quito is located in the Andes of Ecuador, at elevations between of 2700 and 2900 masl. With a population of 2.7 million people, Quito is the second largest city, after Ecuador's business city, Guayaquil,with 2.8 million inhabitants.

 

Things to see in Old Town Quito, Ecuador

While Lima was the administrative center of the Spanish colonial empire in South America, Quito was the religious center with many cathedrals, churches and monasteries, most of which have survived the countless earthquakes and the general wear of the centuries. Take a look at them at our special page with all 27 old churches of Ecuador. Now beautifully restored, Quito's monuments has architecturally marvelously designed plazas that are interconnected by romantic narrow streets, where people of all ages stroll unconcerned through this peaceful paradise of majestic monuments, local shops, tastefully restored and redesigned mansions that now serve as restaurants and colonial hotels.

 

Whenever you go to Ecuador, please do yourself a favor and take at least 2 days to fall in love with this beautifully restored city. If you like, you can take a half day's guided tour but after that, go out on your own, walk the streets, sample the restaurants, explore beautifully illuminated Quito at night and mingle with the friendly Ecuadorians who regard Quito as their cultural heritage, the place that unites their rich history with the pleasures of twenty-first century.

 

In 2008, Quito, Capital of Ecuador was highlighted in the travel section of the New York times, listing Quito as one of the 53 most interesting cities in the world for Americans to visit. Samantha Brown called Quito "Passport to Latin America" being the perfect place from where to initiate travel to discover Latin America. Since then, Quito has been highlighted in television programs of CBN and NBC, while many other magazines and newspapers have dedicated center fold sections to this previously undervalued most beautiful colonial capital of all the Americas.

 

For enjoying the greatest highlights of South America, many tourist combine the nature of Ecuador with the archaeological highlights of Peru, to which we offer a 6 days extension module.

 

OLD TOWN QUITO TOURIST MAP

Detailed Tourist map of Old Town Quito Ecuador. If you click on them you get a greatly enlarged printable map.

 

OLD TOWN QUITO: Detailed Tourist Map Old Town Quito

Detailed Tourist TOURIST ATTRACTIONS TO SEE OLD TOWN QUITO & GLAMPING. Click on it to get the detailed map.

 

With many pedestrians-only streets, the colonial center should be enjoyed, sprawling from plaza to plaza and cathedral to monastery. Distances are short and restaurants abound. This little Old Town map can help you plot out a route through the many narrow beautifully restored colonial streets of Quito's "Casco viejo" as the Quitenos call old town Quito.

 

Top 22 tourist attractions in Quito, Ecuador:

On this page we list all 75+ museums of Ecuador, including 40+ museums of Quito, and some of the best places to visit in Colonial Quito all with features, addresses and opening hours.

TOURIST  ATTRACTIONS & PLACES; TOURS, TO VISIT & SEE IN OLD TOWN COLONIAL QUITO, ECUADOR: Golden Sun Mask Banco Central / Casa de Cultura, National Museum, Quito, Ecuador

TOURIST  ATTRACTIONS & PLACES; TOURS, TO VISIT & SEE IN OLD TOWN COLONIAL QUITO, ECUADOR: View of Quito from the Pichincha Cable Cart

One gets a great view so see the best places of Quito from the cable cart, which one should take early in the morning with the best chances of getting a sunny sky.

 

 

 

Plaza Central is the spectacular place to visit in Old Town Quito

 

 

 

 

 

The Plaza Grande or de la Republica, or Main Square with the Government Palace, the National Cathedral (right), Hotel Plaza Grande (3 below) and the Archbishop's Palace as the most spectacular places to see in Old Town Quito.

 

TOURIST  ATTRACTIONS & PLACES; TOURS, TO VISIT & SEE IN OLD TOWN COLONIAL QUITO, ECUADOR: National Cathedral

25 Top things to do Old Town Quito: Hotel Plaza Grande

TOURIST  ATTRACTIONS & PLACES; TOURS, TO VISIT & SEE IN OLD TOWN COLONIAL QUITO, ECUADOR: Hotel Plaza Grande on Plaza de la Republica

Hotel Plaza Grande on Plaza de la Republica, Quito, Ecuador is one of the greatest is one of the most beautiful places to visit in South America.

25 Top things to do Old Town Quito: Hotel Plaza Grande

25 Top things to do Old Town Quito: Arco de la Reina

The 4 arched Arco de la Reina, with the entrance of the Quito city museum entrance just a few meters further is a major tourist attraction of Quito

25 Top things to do Old Town Quito: Santo Domingo Church

TOURIST  ATTRACTIONS & PLACES; TOURS, TO VISIT & SEE IN OLD TOWN COLONIAL QUITO, ECUADOR: Plaza Santo Domingo, Quito, on a public holiday

 

Plaza Santo Domingo is one of the most popular and the largest squares to see in colonial Quito. In the northeastern corner stands the beautiful San Francisco Cathedral. On national holidays, the plaza is packed with Quitenos enjoying their colonial capital. In day time old town Quito is a very lively city, but that stops very much after 8 at night, because Quito totally lacks any form of nightlife.

 

25 Top things to do Old Town Quito: Archbishop's Palace with restaurants

TOURIST  ATTRACTIONS & PLACES; TOURS, TO VISIT & SEE IN OLD TOWN COLONIAL QUITO, ECUADOR: Restaurant "Mea Culpa", Archbishop's Palace, Quito, Ecuador

TOURIST  ATTRACTIONS & PLACES; TOURS, TO VISIT & SEE IN OLD TOWN COLONIAL QUITO, ECUADOR: Archbishop's Palace on Plaza Grand

Fabulous Palacio Arzobispal - Archbishop's Palace - with several great restaurants; the one with view on the Plaza de la Independencia is among the best things to do in the historic center of Quito, Ecuador and a great place for a special evening out. Reserving a table is recommended. 

 

What I really like about Old town Quito is that it is a city dominated by its own people. Parents with their children play and picnic on the lawns and in the parks. Tourists are present but not in overwhelming numbers. The city center is well guarded by countless police officers visible with their yellow jackets, making Quito's historic center remarkably safe.

 

25 Top things to do Old Town Quito: Compania Church.

TOURIST  ATTRACTIONS & PLACES; TOURS, TO VISIT & SEE IN OLD TOWN COLONIAL QUITO, ECUADOR: Compania Church, Interior

25 Top things to do Old Town Quito: Pulpit of the Compa?a de Jesus Church

TOURIST  ATTRACTIONS & PLACES; TOURS, TO VISIT & SEE IN OLD TOWN COLONIAL QUITO, ECUADOR: The organ of the Compa?a de Jesus Church

The Compania Church is the most beautiful and oldest colonial monument of Old Town Quito and debatedly in all Latin America; its interior certainly is. It is managed by the Fundacion de la Iglesia de la Compania.

 

The interior of the Church is covered with gold leaf and gilded statutes and  paintings are among the best preserved early colonial art; some of the richest in all of Latin America.

 

25 Top things to do Old Town Quito: Street view Colonial Quito

TOURIST  ATTRACTIONS & PLACES; TOURS, TO VISIT & SEE IN OLD TOWN COLONIAL QUITO, ECUADOR: Old Town Quito, Ecuador

No Latin American capital has anything that comes close to the charming colonial streets of the historic center of Quito.

 

25 Top things to do Old Town Quito: Calle Ronda, Quito, First UNESCO World Heritage Site

TOURIST  ATTRACTIONS & PLACES; TOURS, TO VISIT & SEE IN OLD TOWN COLONIAL QUITO, ECUADOR: Calle Ronda, Quito, UNESCO World Heritage, Ecuador

Calle Ronda is Quito's finest colonial street.

 

Presidential Palace in Quito

25 Top things to do Old Town Quito: Palacio de la Republica

Quito, Capital of Ecuador: Guard, Presidential Palace

TOURIST  ATTRACTIONS & PLACES; TOURS, TO VISIT & SEE IN OLD TOWN COLONIAL QUITO, ECUADOR: Carondelet Palace, Plaza de la Republica

TOURIST  ATTRACTIONS & PLACES; TOURS, TO VISIT & SEE IN OLD TOWN COLONIAL QUITO, ECUADOR: Guard, Presidential Palace, Quito, Capital Ecuador

TOURIST  ATTRACTIONS & PLACES; TOURS, TO VISIT & SEE IN OLD TOWN COLONIAL QUITO, ECUADOR: Gallery Presidential Palace

 

In 1799, the Baron Francisco Luis Hector de Carondelet was appointed chairman of the Audience, the government building of the Spanish Crown. In 1801, the Spanish hired Antonio Garcia, to perform the work of rehabilitation and improvements, both of the Audience Palace and the National Cathedral. He also led the work on the arches of the sewers and the renovation of the Prison building, now the Wax Museum.

 

After the independence of Ecuador ended with the Battle of Pichincha in 1822, the palace became the headquarters of the South Department of Gran Colombia, welcoming the liberator Simon Bolivar whenever he visited Quito. He loved the palace and work of the Baron of Carondelet. So, Bolivar named the palace the Carondelet Palace.

 

The portal gallery can be entered individually and it is possible to see the ceremonial guards from close by and watch the change of the guards. For excursions to the interior of the palace one needs to make reservations, usually a day in advance.

 

25 Top things to do Old Town Quito Capital of Ecuador: Banco Central / Casa de Cultura National MuseumTOURIST  ATTRACTIONS & PLACES; TOURS, TO VISIT & SEE IN OLD TOWN COLONIAL QUITO, ECUADOR: National Museum professional displays

National Museum: Professionally designed and displayed pre-Colombian history of Ecuador. Excellent bi-lingual texts!

 

Built in 1873, the Observatory of Quito is the oldest on the continent. Renovated in 2009, it is both a museum of historical instruments and open to the public for star gazing on cloudless nights.

TOURIST  ATTRACTIONS & PLACES; TOURS, TO VISIT & SEE IN OLD TOWN COLONIAL QUITO, ECUADOR: Astronomical Observatory, Quito

25 Top things to do Old Town Quito Capital of Ecuador: Children in Ejido Park

Quito has several great parks, Like the Ejido Park which are intensively used by the Quitenos. It is great to go on a picnic in the weekend and watch families enjoy themselves and see the children play. A great place to take a sandwich for lunch, while watching families enjoying themselves.

National Theatre.

TOURIST  ATTRACTIONS & PLACES; TOURS, TO VISIT & SEE IN OLD TOWN COLONIAL QUITO, ECUADOR: National Theater

25 Top things to do Old Town Quito Capital of Ecuador: Former Banco Centra

Historic Banco Central building, now monetary museum.

 

Grand views to see colonial Quito, Ecuador from above

Few capitals in the world border a national park. An absolute must is to take: the cable cart, or the "Teleferico" as it is called and take a hike through the paramo of the Pichincha, one of the 70+ National Parks and reserves of Ecuador. Go at 8 in the morning, but by 11 it gets cloudy and without sun it is chilly to out right cold. Take a sweater and a light rain coat.

 

25 Top things to do Old Town Quito Capital of Ecuador: Pichincha Cable Cart

TOURIST  ATTRACTIONS & PLACES; TOURS, TO VISIT & SEE IN OLD TOWN COLONIAL QUITO, ECUADOR: Mountain biking from the Pichincha National Park

If you are young and don't value your bones and teeth, you ride up the cable cart and ride down your mountain bike.

 

25 Top things to do Old Town Quito Capital of Ecuador: Teleferico

TOURIST  ATTRACTIONS & PLACES; TOURS, TO VISIT & SEE IN OLD TOWN COLONIAL QUITO, ECUADOR: Mountain Station, Pichincha Cable Cart

But the majority of the passengers are families who go up to enjoy the fabulous view.

 

The Pichincha station where the cable cart ends. Food and drinks are available.

25 Top things to do Old Town Quito Capital of Ecuador: Horseback riding on Pichincha

TOURIST  ATTRACTIONS & PLACES; TOURS, TO VISIT & SEE IN OLD TOWN COLONIAL QUITO, ECUADOR: Lamas at Pichincha National Park

At the top one can ride horseback, great for children.

Here is where you can get paramo pictures with lamas without having to town.

 

Quito is a great place for souvenir shopping. While you will find many small shops in Old Town Quito, the best markets are in El Ejido Park and the Mariscal art market. For details read: Art and Craft in Ecuador.

 

25 Top things to do Old Town Quito Capital of Ecuador: Virgin of Quito at the Panacillo, Ecuador

TOURIST  ATTRACTIONS & PLACES; TOURS, TO VISIT & SEE IN OLD TOWN COLONIAL QUITO, ECUADOR: Churo in Alamedo Park

The Churo observation tower built on a supposed military observation point of the ancient Quitu people prior to colonization.

The Virgin of Quito on the Panacillo. The Panacillo also offers a great view over the entire city. Take a taxi up and walk down to enjoy the 22 Unique Things to do in Old Town Quito.

 

The Mitad del Mundo in the museum park just Outside Quito, hosts the ethnographic museum inside and sports a great view over the valley.

TOURIST  ATTRACTIONS & PLACES; TOURS, TO VISIT & SEE IN OLD TOWN COLONIAL QUITO, ECUADOR: Mitad del Mundo monument.

TOURIST  ATTRACTIONS & PLACES; TOURS, TO VISIT & SEE IN OLD TOWN COLONIAL QUITO, ECUADOR: The new Quito Mariscal Sucre Airport Departure Hall

TOURIST  ATTRACTIONS & PLACES; TOURS, TO VISIT & SEE IN OLD TOWN COLONIAL QUITO, ECUADOR: International Quito Mariscal Sucre Airport shopping areal

TOURIST  ATTRACTIONS & PLACES; TOURS, TO VISIT & SEE IN OLD TOWN COLONIAL QUITO, ECUADOR: The new Quito Mariscal Sucre Airport VIP room

The brand new Quito Mariscal Sucre Airport now offers access to the newest and largest airplanes and the most modern arrival and departure services.

 

 

City tours are almost daily available. Our Andes Trek, Ecuador program includes the best National Parks of Ecuador in the Andes as well as the famous cultural highlights, like Quito, Cuenca and Ingapirca.  Please contact us for information, rates and bookings.

 

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 NEW! CUYABENO DAY TRIP

For those that are limited in time, we are now organizing the Cuyabeno Day Trip that takes you at 9 AM from the park entrance to the surroundings of Lake Cuyabeno, to the Siona village and back by 5 PM.

 

 

 

Price: from $ 99

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NEW YASUNI / NAPO RIVER TOUR

Lodges along Yasuni ­ National Park are excessively expensive and excursions are just organized close to each lodge. We developed a fabulous and affordable tour to all the highlights along the Napo, while staying in 2 different decent Quichua lodges.

 

 

Price: from $ 450

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 NEW LAGARTOCOCHE EXPEDITION

The most remote part of the Amazon is the Lagartocoche lake system at the border with Peru. Hosted in a Secoya Indian Village.

 

Price: from $ 450

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CUYABENO LOOP

The Cuyabeno Loop explores the breathtaking scenery of the lower Cuyabeno and Zabalo Rivers and the Cuyabeno Lake. Watch the amazing birds and wildlife. Pass 2 nights with the amazing Cofan Indians in the Cofan Lodge and enjoy 2 nights of comfort in the famous Cuyabeno Lodge.

Price: from $ 799

5 days

 

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COFAN LODGE PROGRAMS

Located in Southern Cuyabeno, the Cofan Lodge is the only lodge in that part of the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve with quality programs and great facilities. It is owned by the Cofan Indians and provides a totally different experience from any other lodge in Cuyabeno.

 

 

Price: from $ 450

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CUYABENO LAKE PROGRAMS

The Cuyabeno Lake Programs explores all the wild places surrounding the Cuyabeno Lake. Bonsai-shaped Macrolobia trees with the whispering of the mysterious prehistoric Hoatzin birds and the noisy Blue and Yellow Macaws. Our Cuyabeno Lodge is on the best location, because we were the first lodge and chose the best location right on a seasonal island in Lake Cuyabeno.

Price: from $ 390

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Chimborazo con Lamas

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Our Northern Andes Tour lets you get a taste of some of the best Andean National Parks, visiting the highest groves in the world: the Polylepis trees, the highest mountain in the world calculated from the center of the Earth, the Chimborazo with Vecunhas and Lamas, the highest active volcano in the world, the Cotopaxi.

 

Price: from $750

5 days

Cascada San Rafael

NATIONAL PARKS TOUR

Our National Parks Tours take you on a fantastic journey along the best possible sample of Andean and coastal parks. They have been designed to complement Galapagos and/or Amazon cruises. They can start from different places, particularly Quito, Guayaquil and Cuenca. While the full program lasts 9 days, it is possible to make a limited selection of parks, like the 6 days' "Andes and Coast" module.

Price: from $ 1999

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GALAPAGOS LAST MINUTE

We have a fabulous selection of Galapagos programs, including cruises, island hopping, scuba diving or relaxing on one of the many different hotels varying from modest inns to deluxe resorts.

 

 

Price: from $ 550

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A fabulous program for visiting the most famous cultural highlights Lima, Cusco, Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley. At the same time it serves as the Lima hub for the Peru National Parks Tour. This module is an extension to our National Parks Tour Ecuador and/or Galapagos National Park and/or Amazon Cruises.

Price: from $ 1199

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