Discover the best of Quito's main attractions in just one day. Lose yourself in the historic centre, enjoy magnificent city views from El Panecillo hill, and stand on the exact location of the Equator at the Mitad del Mundo monument.
Quito City & Equator Monument Tour Itinerary
After being picked up from your hotel, you'll be taken to the north of the city. Here, you'll begin your guided tour of Quito, exploring the Ecuadorian capital's historic centre, the best-preserved colonial city in Latin America, on board a trolleybus.
Here, you'll discover the cultural and architectural jewels that lead to Quito being one of the first recognised World Heritage Sites. Admire the impressive gothic façade of the Basilica of the National Vow; the important buildings proudly overlooking the Plaza de la Independencia, or Plaza Grande, including Quito Cathedral, one of the oldest churches in South America; and marvel at La Compañía Church, famous for its exquisite gold leaf interior.
A visit to Quito wouldn't be complete without a trip up to El Panecillo hill, a natural viewpoint which offers spectacular panoramic views over the city. From this vantage point, you'll see the incredible contrasts between colonial Quito and the city's modern developments.
You'll then continue your route into the La Ronda district, a romantic neighbourhood home to a number of handicraft workshops. Take a well-deserved break next, with around an hour and a half of free time to have lunch (not included) in Quito's "pink zone". With renewed energy, meet back up to continue your journey north.
The final stop on your tour will be at Mitad del Mundo, where you'll see the monument to the Equator, marking the division between the northern and southern hemispheres of the Earth. Here, you can stand with a foot on each half of the invisible line that splits the world in two - a unique experience!
Your full day tour will end with drop off back at hotels.
On Sundays, the order of the tour will be in reverse, however the same places will be visited.
Hotel pick up
This tour includes a pick up and drop off service for the main hotels in Quito: Sheraton, Dann Carlton, NH Collection, Swissotel, Holiday Inn, Mercure Alameda, Reina Isabel, Nu House, J.W. Marriott, Wyndham Garden, Hilton and Hotel Kaia. If your accommodation is not listed here, the meeting point will be at the Galería Ecuador.
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The tour includes an English speaking guide, but the tour can sometimes be carried out in two languages.
Hotel pick up and drop off.
English speaking guide.
Access to Panecillo viewpoint.
Access to the Ciudad Mitad del Mundo (Equator Monument).
Entrance to churches in Quito.
When to book?
Book as soon as possible to guarantee availability, especially during public holidays and festivities.
You can book up until the same day (6:15 AM local time) if there are still places available.
Once your booking has been confirmed, you will receive an email containing your booking voucher. Please print it out or download on your smartphone/tablet to show on the day of the activity.
Frequently asked questions
Q - How to book?
A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.