Discover Quito's historic centre and learn the secrets of its cultural heritage on this guided walking tour of the Ecuadorian capital. What's more, it's FREE!
Free Walking Tour of Quito
Meet your walking tour guide in Quito's main square, the Plaza de la Independencia. From here you'll begin your journey through the city's more than 15 centuries of history, from its Pre-Columbian beginnings as a settlement built as a reflection of constellations forming the head of a sacred jaguar.
Stroll around the beautiful historic centre, getting to know the most important monuments in the Ecuadorian capital, which happens to be the highest capital city in the world. You'll see Pichincha Volcano, standing out on the horizon at 15,696 feet (4.784 metres) above sea level. The active volcano's last major eruption covered the city in ash for several weeks in October 1999.
As you admire the city's colonial architecture, your free walking tour guide will reveal all about the fascinating ancient wisdom of the indigenous people who lived here, and who created the first solar calendar. Marvel at historic pagan temples, which, although converted to be Christian churches, still produce magical light effects when the sun hits them during the winter and summer solstices.
Continue wandering through the city's winding alleys, once part of a more than 37,000 mile (60,000 km) network of roads through the Andes that are still used to this day. Your guide will reveal fascinating tales about Quito, including the story of Ruminñahui, the head of the Inca army who ordered that the city be burnt to the ground so that the Spanish could not conquest it. As legends go, it was this general who also hid all the Inca gold, prompting the myths of El Dorado... it still hasn't been found to this day.
Your free walking tour of Quito will end on Boulevard 24 de Mayo.
You decide the price
Our guides work exclusively for trips received from visitors. At the end of the tour, you'll be invited to pay them the price you think the service deserves.
- This free walking tour of Quito does not enter any monuments, just visiting the outside.
- It is not possible to reserve this free tour of Quito if you're a group of more than 6 people.
- Children must be accompanied by an adult. There is a maximum of 3 children permitted per adult.
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Free walking tour in English
The tour is exclusively in English.
English speaking guide.
When to book?
Book as soon as possible to guarantee availability, especially during public holidays and festivities.
You can book up to 2 days before (Quito 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.
Yes (you must attend with a carer).
Plaza de la Independencia.
If you are not able to attend the tour, please cancel your reservation in the control panel, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.