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1-Day Quito City Tour And Equator

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Day 1 : Driving and walking tour of Quito plus visit the Equator

Visiting: Quito

Your tour guide will pick you up at your hotel and give you a brief introduction to the history and life of Quito.

Quito displays the largest colonial town of the Americas and is the first Unesco World Heritage Site. Enjoy the eclectic architecture ranging from the modern quarters to varied colonial facades on churches and private residences decorated and balconies built along the last five centuries. The tour includes parks like El Ejido and Alameda, the monument of Simon Bolivar, the gothic Basilica of the Heart of Jesus, Independence Square developed during the past five centuries and flanked by the Presidential and the Archbishop's palaces dated back to XVII and XIX centuries and, the Metropolitan Cathedral with excellent samples of the Spanish renaissance. Walk along the so called street of the seven crosses and pass by the Jesuit convent, once head quarters of the first university in the country, El Sagrario church with a unique orthodox cross lay out dated back to the seventeenth century and the jewel of the crown, the Jesuit temple of La Compania de Jesus, perhaps the most important monument of the baroque art in Quito. From there continue to the plaza of San Francisco, with temple and convent known to be the largest on the once Spanish colonies on the Americas which displays a rich sample of artistic and cultural heritage.

From there, we head approximately 11 miles (18 Km) north of downtown Quito to visit "Mitad del Mundo" (Middle of the World) and the Equator Monument situated at 0º0'0" latitude where the eighteenth century French Geodesic Expedition erected one of the three pyramids as landmarks for their planet calculations to deduct the shape of the planet in a complex which replicates colonial architecture, a typical central plaza, a church and bull-fighting ring. We also visit the Intiñan Solar Museum, where you'll find scientific and experimental aspects of being right at the Equator.

Return to your hotel by early afternoon. This tour will take about 5 hours including lunch stop (not included).

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