“Ancient cultures from the center of the world” route

Description: Learn about the customs and traditions of the Parishes of the Center of the World, Pomasqui and San Antonio are waiting for you.

Tour:

Recommendations:

  • Wear lightweight clothing
  • Comfortable or sports shoes
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunscreen - Sun hat
  • Camera
  • Hydrating drinks

“Nature and archaeology in the middle of the world" route

Description: Discover the natural and archaeological treasures that are hidden in the Center of the World, meet Yunguilla, located a few minutes from Quito, in the parish of Calacalí.

Tour:

Recommendations:

  • Wear lightweight clothing
  • Comfortable or sports shoes
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunscreen - Sun hat
  • Camera
  • Hydrating drinks

“Viewpoints”

Basílica del Voto Nacional – Yaku – Panecillo – San Juan – Cima de la Libertad – Itchimbia

Description: Visit the main viewpoints of Quito, from where you can have a different perspective of this heritage city.

Tour:

Voto Nacional Basilica

Visit the towers of this neo-Gothic style temple that arose at the end of the 19th century / Open Monday to Sunday from 09h00 to 16h30

Yaku – Water Museum

Yaku is an interactive museum that allows you to enjoy while you learn, it has a privileged view of the Historical Center of Quito in the middle of an aesthetic environment / Open from Tuesday to Sunday from 09h00 to 17h30

Panecillo

It is a natural elevation of 3,000 meters, was named after its resemblance to a small bread, is one or the most visited sites in the city / Open Monday to Sunday from 09h00 to 17h00

San Juan

This hill was an important symbolic space during the brief Inca rule in the valley of Quito. It offers an exceptional view of the Historical Center.

Peak of Freedom

It offers a panoramic view of Quito, has a museum that commemorates the Battle of Pichincha of May 24, 1822 / Open Tuesday to Sunday: 09h00 to 16h00

Itchimbía

This hill, which was a space of contemplation of the moon and the sun, is now a large park and cultural center. The structure was part of an old market, designed in 1889 by Gustave Eiffel.

Recommendations:

  • Recommended start time 09h00
  • Comfortable clothing for rain and heat
  • Private transport for the transfer
  • Hat, sunscreen and glasses

"Quiteño’s crafts and characters"

Museo Manuela Sáenz – Cerería – Museo Fray Pedro Bedón – Calle La Ronda

Description: Quito is more than historical buildings and monuments; it is the true heritage that gives life to the city through the work of artisans who rescue their traditional trades.

Tour:

Manuela Saenz Museum

In a tour around the museum, you can learn about the life of the Quito heroine intertwined with the great heroes of the Bolivar and Sucre Independence. Open from Wednesday to Sunday from 10h00 to 17h00.

Flores Street Waxworks

Visit the artisans of the waxworks located on Flores Street who show their skill and creativity in the elaboration of candles, candlesticks, syrians, among others. Open from 09h00 to 18h00

Fray Pedro Bedón Museum and Domes of Santo Domingo

Museum that shows the art of Quito in the 18th century as well as the life of Fray Pedro Bedón. From the dome of the church, the visitor can have a privileged view of the colonial center. Open Monday to Friday from 09h00 to 13h30 and from 14h30 to 17h00 Saturday from 09h00 to 14h00

Artisans of La Ronda

Discover the work of several craftsmen of the Project Hands in La Ronda, same that conserved the knowledge of the Quito School, they elaborate unique pieces in metals or wood. You can also find workshops that offer hats and products based on fine cocoa aroma, natural honeys, and flavors converted into ice cream (Escuela Quiteña Workshops, Humacatama, Api Real, Zabalartes, Hojalatería, Chez Tiff)

Open: Monday to Sunday from 10h00 to 18h00

Recommendations:

  • Recommended start time 10h00
  • Comfortable clothing for rain and heat
  • Hat, sunscreen and glasses

”Quito from its domes and towers”

Basílica del Voto Nacional – La Catedral – Iglesia de San Francisco – Iglesia de Santo Domingo

Description: Among towers, bell towers and church domes, you will feel closer to the sky of Quito, an experience full of history and charm in the Historical Center of the city.

Tour:

Towers Basilica of the National Vow

Visit the towers of this neo-Gothic style temple that emerged in the late nineteenth century. Open from Monday to Sunday from 09h00 to 16h30

Metropolitan Cathedral Dome in Quito

It is one of the oldest in South America built in 1550, enjoy a spectacular view of the Plaza de la Independencia from its dome. Open Monday to Saturday from 09h00 to 17h00.

San Francisco Church Towers.

Temple built on the remains of an old indigenous temple, visit the museum, the brewery, the church choir, and enjoy the impressive view of the Panecillo from its bell tower. Open from Monday to Saturday from 09h00 to 18h00

Dome of Santo Domingo Church

Visit one of the important baroque jewels, the Chapel of the Virgin of the Rosary. Enjoy a splendid view of Santo Domingo Square from its dome. Open from 09h00 to 13h30 and from 14h30 to 17h00 Saturday from 09h00 to 14h00

Recommendations:

  • Recommended start time 10h00
  • Comfortable clothing for rain and heat
  • Hat, sunscreen and glasses

"Street of the seven crosses”

Iglesia de Santa Bárbara – Iglesia de la Concepción -La Catedral-El Sagrario – La Compañía de Jesús – El Carmen Alto – San Lázaro

Description: A walk along the main street will take you into the heart of the Historical Center, a street that is a living testimony of the Quito religiosity that has lasted from colonial times to the present day.

Tour:

Santa Barbara Church

Start your tour at the corner of García Moreno Street and Manabí, where you will find the first stone cross in the Church of Santa Bárbara.

Church and Monastery of the Immaculate Conception

It’s a female monastery where you can still buy sweets and remedies made by the cloistered nuns. The Virgen del Buen Suceso is one of their important works. Second cross

Independence Square

Admire the Independence Monument erected in 1906. Around this square the old city grew.

Metropolitan Cathedral of Quito

It is one of the oldest temples in South America, here is the mausoleum of Antonio José de Sucre, and different colonial works. Third cross / Open Monday to Saturday from 09h00 to 17h00.

Tabernacle Church

Fourth cross. The church is in Italian Renaissance style and was built at the end of the 17th century. It has a golden altarpiece by Bernardo de Legarda

Compañía de Jesús Church

Its facade is sculpted in volcanic stone and its interior is covered with gold leaf. It took 160 years to build. Fifth cross / Monday to Thursday: 09:30 to 18:30 Friday: 09:30 to 17:30 Saturday: 09:30 to 16:00 Sunday: 12:30 to 16:00

Church and Monastery of Carmen Alto

It was the home of Saint Mariana de Jesus. Its courtyards and part of the convent serve as a museum that tells the story of convent life. Sixth cross / Wednesday to Sunday: 09:30 to 16:30

Facade and Cross of the Hospice of St. Lazarus

This building was once a Jesuit retreat house and later a psychiatric hospital, and is currently being remodeled. Seventh cross

Recommendations:

  • Recommended start time 9h00
  • Comfortable clothing for rain and heat
  • Hat, sunscreen and glasses

"Squares and monuments"

Plaza del Teatro – Plaza Huerto San Agustín – Plaza de la Independencia – Plazoleta Gonzáles Suárez – Plaza Santa Domingo – Plaza Santa Clara- Plaza San Francisco

Description: The best preserved Historic Center in South America, invites the world to know its picturesque spaces that adorn the Cultural Heritage of Humanity, visit its main squares and monuments and learn more about its history.

Tour:

Theatre Square – Evaristo

It is the National Theatre Square Sucre and also houses the Variedades Theatre. In this place is remembered Evaristo Corral yChancleta, famous theatrical of the city.

Huerto San Agustín Square – Agustinos

This square commemorates the history of the Augustinian Fathers. In this place was the garden of the church of St. Augustine, discover the history of the Lizard.

Independence Square – Independence Monument

Admire the Independence Monument erected in 1906. Around this square the old city grew.

Gonzáles Suárez Square – Plaza Chica

It is the scene of cultural and craft events. Here you can find beautiful and fragrant flowers that are grown in the country.

Santa Domingo Square – Antonio José de Sucre

Its history dates back to 1581. Its church keeps works of the Quito School

Santa Clara Square

From here you can admire the convent of the Clausura de las Clarisas. The old market of Santa Clara used to be here.

San Francisco Square – Fray Jodoco Rickie

Its square, church and convent occupy more than three hectares. Learn more about Friar Jodoco Rickie and the legend of Cantuña,.

Recommendations:

  • Recommended start time 9h00
  • Comfortable clothing for rain and heat
  • Hat, sunscreen and glasses

"Music, tradition and craftsmen"

Calle García Moreno – Calle Morales (La Ronda)

Description: Quito, a city full of traditions and charm, envelops locals and strangers with its magic that invites you to enter the essence of a bohemian city, in spaces where it would seem that time never passed.

Tour:

Del Pasillo Museum

It was born as a proposal that highlights and recognizes cultural diversity, the principle of equal dignity and respect for all cultures and musical manifestations and encompasses a general vision of the music of Ecuador, with emphasis on the musical genre corridor.

La Ronda Street

It was the southern limit of the old city, now it is a pedestrian street with a varied offer of craft workshops (Manos en La Ronda) and gastronomy.

House of the Arts

In this old house there are exhibitions of plastic expressions, cinema and artistic options for children, as well as some of the old trades of the city,

Chez Tiff

This workshop studies and revalues cocoa to turn it into chocolate. It offers visitors an educational tasting to learn about the history of Ecuador.

Quiteña School

Preserving techniques from colonial times, the workshops of goldsmithing, wood inlaying and artistic forging show the visitor their different works in metals and wood.

Api Real

The bees inspire this workshop every day to produce varieties of honeys and to make balms, creams, lotions with wax and honey.

Dulce Placer Ice Cream Shop

It rescues more than 180 flavours of our land: morocho, colada morada, canelazo or rosero from Quito are some of the recipes that turn into ice cream here.

Humacatama

Humacatama, which in Quichua means covered head, is a workshop that has been making hats by hand since 1920, with elegance and distinction

Silva Tinsmithery

Tin comes to life in toys and utilitarian products from other times. Kitchens, pots and pans are some of the objects found in this workshop

Period costumes

We go back in time! How the Quiteños dressed and fell in love in the Republican era, in a studio set in the year 1900, take a photographic memory of the Quito of yesteryear in La Ronda street.

Recommendations:

  • Recommended start time 09h00
  • Comfortable clothing for rain and heat
  • Hat, sunscreen and glasses
  • t is recommended that you make a voluntary contribution to the workshops of the Escuela Quiteña

“San Marcos – Art, heritage and culture”

Museo Manuela Sáenz – Museo de acuarela Muñoz Mariño – Museo archivo de Arquitectura del Ecuador – Talleres artesanales San Marcos – Iglesia y Parque San Marcos

Description: Visit one of the traditional neighborhoods of Old Quito, a place where part of the city’s living heritage is still preserved, a neighborhood that is the cradle of the most important expressions of Quito’s culture. We invite you to visit San Marcos.

Tour:

Manuela Saenz Museum

In a tour around the museum, you can learn about the life of the Quito heroine intertwined with the great heroes of the Bolivar and Sucre Independence.
Open from Wednesday to Sunday from 10h00 to 17h00.

Muñoz Mariño Watercolour Museum

Showing an exhibition of watercolors and drawings by Master Muñoz Mariño and other outstanding artists, the museum has become a nationally and internationally recognized center.
Open Wednesday to Friday from 11:00 to 19:00; Saturday from 10:00 to 19:00 and Sunday from 10:00 to 17:00

Architectural Museum of Ecuador

Its mission is to document, preserve and disseminate the Architecture and Urbanism of our country, through its archive and educational and cultural programs.
Open from Tuesday to Friday from 9:00 to 18:00 Saturdays from 10:00 to 17:00

San Marcos craft workshops

Along Junín Street, you will discover different workshops that have preserved the mountain trades such as tailors, carpenters, and jewelers, among others.
Open from Wednesday to Sunday from 10h00 to 18h00

San Marcos Church and Park

Junín Street meets the small square where the atrium of the San Marcos Church descends, in its center there is a beautiful stone fountain,

Recommendations:

  • Recommended start time 09h00
  • Comfortable clothing for rain and heat
  • Hat, sunscreen and glasses
  • t is recommended that you make a voluntary contribution to the workshops of the Escuela Quiteña

"Quito center with children"

Recommended tours for children

Description: Quito, a city for young and old. Know more about its culture through games, stories and legends in spaces that offer you a unique experience.

  • 1. Yaku Water Museum
  • 2.- Convent of San Francisco - Torres
  • 3.- City Museum
  • 4.- Chocolate/Chez Tiff Experience
  • 5.- Cooking Class for children

Tour:

Yaku Water Museum

It is an interactive museum whose main theme is water. It has different exhibition rooms where visitors can interact with the elements around them, an ideal space to visit with children since they can interact and learn about water and its care. It is recommended to arrive by car.

Convent of San Francisco – Torres

The monumental convent of San Francisco stands on the side of the no less spectacular square of the same name. In this place you can learn about the legend of Cantuña as well as climb the towers of this church and admire the landscape. It is recommended that children are always accompanied by an adult.

City Museum

Discover Quito through challenges and games in the museum. In addition to its interesting history, the City Museum offers a variety of activities for children such as Gymkhanas, puzzles, traditional games and trivia that make the visit with children fun, interesting and unique.

Chocolate/Chez Tiff Experience

It is a chocolate shop that allows children to interact with the raw material to make their products such as cocoa beans, cocoa butter and the first steps of chocolate making, additionally they can try different combinations and intensities of chocolate while learning about the importance of chocolate and cocoa in the country.

Cooking Class – Hats for children/ Ecuador Art

It is an Ecuadorian handicraft store, offering Toquilla Straw Hats for children, handicrafts, chocolate, T-shirts and more. In this place you will have the opportunity to receive a masterful cooking class for children where they can make chocolate truffles. It is recommended for children from 8 years old.

Recommendations:

  • Recommended start time 09h00
  • Comfortable clothing for rain and heat
  • Private transport for the transfer
  • Hat, sunscreen and glasses
  • Adult companion

"Quito center with children"

Recommended tours for children

Description: Traditional games and places that are part of the heritage of a living city that endures through history. The little ones will enjoy it.

  • 1.- Let's play in La Ronda - Bee Tours
  • 2.- City Museum
  • 3.- Alberto Mena Caamaño Museum
  • 4.- The Cathedral / Domes
  • 5.- San Agustín Ice Cream Shop / Paila Ice Cream

Tour:

Let’s play in La Ronda – Bee Tours Api Real

This beautiful street in downtown Quito is the perfect setting for children to enjoy traditional games such as futbolín, sapo, valeros, rayuelas and trompos. Later they can be part of an entertaining explanation about the world of bees

City Museum

Discover Quito through challenges and games in the museum. In addition to its interesting history the City Museum offers a variety of activities for children such as Gymkhanas, puzzles, traditional games and trivia that make the visit with children fun, interesting and unique.

Alberto Mena Caamaño Museum

It has playful rooms for children that make the tour inside the museum entertaining. It is the visitors themselves who become part of history. Wax characters bring visitors closer to the thousands of stories of this colonial building.

Quito Metropolitan Cathedral / Domes

Discover what is inside this church, enjoy its history and legends such as the Rooster of the Cathedral, you can also see the Plaza Grande from its beautiful domes. The accompaniment of an adult is recommended.

San Agustin Ice Cream Shop

This traditional ice cream shop in downtown Quito has been making the best recipes for years and especially the delicious paila ice cream, visitors can make their own paila ice cream from typical Ecuadorian fruits.

Recommendations:

  • Recommended start time 09h00
  • Comfortable clothing for rain and heat
  • Private transport for the transfer
  • Hat, sunscreen and glasses
  • Adult companion

"Quito accessible city”

Route for people with disabilities (Reduced mobility)

  • 1.- Casa del Alabado Museum
  • 2.- San Francisco Square
  • 3.- La Compañía de Jesús Church
  • 4.- Palace of Government
  • 5.- Cocoa Republic

Tour:

Casa del Alabado Museum

The archaeological collection of the Museo Casa del Alabado consists of approximately 5,000 pieces. This collection of pre-Columbian art is made up of objects that were made by Ecuador’s oldest societies 7,000 years B.C., until the arrival of the Spanish around 1530 A.D. From Thursday to Tuesday 9:00 to 17:30 ; Wednesday 13.30 to 17:00 All its facilities are accessible to people with disabilities

San Francisco Square

The monumental convent of San Francisco stands on the side of the no less spectacular square of the same name. Discover the history and the most important legend of this place. Monday to Saturday from 09h00 to 17h30. Sunday: 09:00 to 13:00. Access with ramp to the Square.

La Compañía de Jesús Church

Its facade is sculpted in volcanic stone and its interior is covered with gold leaf. Its construction took 160 years / Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday: 09:30 – 18:30 Friday: 09:30 – 17:30 Saturday: 09:30 – 16:00 Sunday: 12:30 – 16:00. You can visit the facade and the interior of the church on the first floor.

Independence Square – Palace of Government

Admire the monument of the Independence raised in 1906, Around this square the old city grew and is where important constructions like the Palace of Government are located, it is possible to access the museum and halls used by the President of the Republic, all the spaces in their interior are accessible for people with discapacidad.

Cocoa Republic

In 2014, República del Cacao launches its new range of chocolate for gastronomy professionals and continues to expand inside and outside Ecuador, always with the aim of delighting palates with fine cocoa. The objective this time is to compete with the largest chocolate houses, the chocolatiers of France, Belgium and Switzerland producing chocolate in the place of origin of the Cocoa. They have facilities for people with disabilities.

Recommendations:

  • Recommended start time 09h00
  • Comfortable clothing for rain and heat
  • Private transport for the transfer
  • Follow instructions from the guides
  • Hat, sunscreen and glasses

"Quito accessible city”

Tour for the visually impaired

  • 1.- Las Conceptas Square
  • 2.- Plaza Grande Government Palace
  • 3.- Numismatic Museum
  • 4.- Little Square
  • 5.- San Agustín Ice Cream Shop / Paila Ice Cream

Tour:

Las Conceptas Square

This small square gets its name from being next to the Monastery of the Conception (Monasterio de la Concepción). Its construction originated in 2013 as part of an urban project that sought to generate new squares in the Historical Center.
On one of its surrounding walls, there is a mural of the retired people, a work by the artist Luigi Stomaiolo, painted by Marcela Slade.

Plaza Grande Government Palace

Around this square the old city grew and important buildings such as the Government Palace are located. We will go to this place through the sense of touch and hearing.

Numismatic Museum of the Central Bank of Ecuador

With the help of a cane, visitors and guides begin the tour inside the museum, visiting places such as the Pre-Hispanic Room, the Colonial Room and the room where the coinage press is located. The importance of visiting this museum is that visitors can touch different objects inside.

Cocoa Republic

To get to this establishment, take Venezuela Street. In this place you will live the most sensitive experience through chocolate tasting. The explanation about the process of elaboration and selection of the raw material will be in charge of one of the guides and one of the people in charge of the establishment. The senses of smell, touch, hearing and taste are used.

St. Augustine’s Ice Cream Shop

In this traditional ice cream shop in downtown Quito, the blind visitor can experience different types of sensations, from smelling the products with which the famous paila ice cream is made, to making their own ice cream with a final tasting. At the end of the tour there is an artistic presentation of Ecuadorian music.

Recommendations:

  • Recommended start time 09h00
  • Comfortable clothing for rain and heat
  • Private transport for the transfer
  • Follow instructions from the guides
  • Hat, sunscreen and glasses
  • +593 2993300
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  • Passage Oe3 Río Amazonas N51-20 & Street N50B
    Old airport, Quito

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  • +593 2993300
  • mercadeo@quito-turismo.gob.ec
  • Passage Oe3 Río Amazonas N51-20 & Street N50B
    Old airport, Quito

© All rights reserved

Quito Turismo - Visit Quito