Colonial Quito tours offer you a chance to see some of the best tourist attractions that Ecuador has to offer. The city has many sights to entice the visitor, including monuments and landmarks.
The city is situated between a couple of mountain ranges. It is set at an altitude of 10,000 feet or 2,800 meters. You can get to the city by plane through Aeropuerto Internacional Mariscal Sucre.
After you land, you can ride a bus. Leave the airport and go to main street. Board the bus with the Juan L. Mera or J.L. Mera sign. There is also a car rental service so you can roam around.
What to See
Some of the most popular attractions are the Presidential Palace, El Sagrario Church and the Independence Plaza. Equally popular is the La Compania de Jesus Church, one of the finest in all of South America.
When going on colonial Quito tours you will also pass by the Santo Domingo Church and the city museum. At the Panecillo Hill you will enjoy a stunning view of the city.
Not far off is a military museum where you can get insights on the 1822 battle for independence. There is also a Teleferico Ride. This is a cable car set at over 4000 meters. The view here is stunning.
Other attractions in the city are the Museo Mindalae (a museum), the Intinan Solar Museum and the Calle de la Ronda.
The city was established in 1534. Today it is divided into three sections: the northern and southern districts sandwich the Old City in the middle. Majority of the tourist related establishments are at the north.
Through the years, the government has rehabilitated the Old City. Today there are 16 monasteries and convents, 40 churches and 17 squares in the city. While the center is filled with colonial architecture, the northern area is more contemporary.
Private tours of the city cost about 50 USD per individual. There are also less expensive tours, but the accommodations will be fewer.
Another interesting place is the Middle of the World Monument. Set at 0 seconds, 0 minutes and 0 degree, it is literally on the center of the planet. Here you are on both hemispheres. Nearby is the Colonial City representation filled with stores and handicrafts.
The Pululahua Volcano Crater is almost always included in colonial Quito tours. This is one of the few volcanic craters that are inhabited. You can also hike on the trail.