QUITO ART AND HISTORY - Day Trip 8 Hours
ABOUT THIS TRIP
Quito, the Capital of Ecuador, becomes one of the most important inhabited centers since the year 500 A,C, to our days.
The tribe of the Quitus, establish their domains in the slopes of the Pichincha volcano and the eastern valleys, organized in 11 independent lordships without any hierarchy, but with strong commercial relationships and impressive systems to cultivate the land.
During the different centuries many important cultures have inhabited these lands as the Incas who arrived at the end of the 15th century, settling in Quito in the 1500s, place where the last king of the empire Atahualpa was born.
Just a few years later, in 1534 the Spanish conquistadores together with the Franciscan order, arrived and founded the current city under the name of “San Francisco de Quito”.
Let’s walk around the colonial Spanish town of Quito, one of the most preserved cities in the world, proclaimed “Cultural Heritage Site” by UNESCO in 1978. During the tour you will visit a archeological museum called Rumipamba a place inhabited by the Quitus, “Panecillo” Hill where the Virgin of Quito is located, a local food market, the San Francisco plaza and church, the beautiful Jesuit Church “La Compañía de Jesús” and the Independence plaza surrounded by the Government Palace, the main Cathedral and the archiepiscopal palace.
Highlights of this tour:• Archeological In-situ Museum “Rumipamba”
• Colonial town of Quito:
- San Francisco Church
- La Compañía de Jesus Church
- Independence plaza
- “El Panecillo” view point
- Towers of the Basilica Church
• Iñaquito Food Market
Important information to know:1) The climate can change from of 68° F the highs to 43° F the coldest approximately.
We recommend to bring a sweater, and a waterproof jacket in case of rain.
2) Quito is located at 9,600 ft above sea level.
3) We recommend you to bring: sun glasses, hat, sun cream, bottle of water, hiking or walking shoes.
WHAT´S NOT INCLUDED• Visits and tickets to places not specified in the program.
• Drinks and personal expenses.
• 12% tax.
• Travel insurance.