Quito & Middle of the World, 4 1/2 hours, except Sunday, private
The Equatorial Monument, 25 Kms. (16 miles) North of Quito, marks the exact Middle of the World, latitude 0º, where you can stand with a foot on each hemisphere. Visit the Ethnographic Museum inside the monument, which shows the great diversity of Ecuador’s native groups.
The capital of Ecuador, Quito, brings the past to life in its museums, monasteries, the carved stone facades and golden altars of its many churches. Enjoy the scenic. Colonial and artistic Quito, then stand with a foot on each hemisphere at the Center of the World. A visit to downtown Quito to relish in this urban jewel and its treasures of art and architecture. Quito's colonial quarter, the largest and best preserved of South America, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The stroll starts at the Independence Plaza, flanked by the Cathedral, the Presidential Palace, the Municipal Building and the Archbishop's Palace. Visit the temple of La Compañía de Jesús and its awesome gilded interior. Continue on to the Monastery of San Francisco, one the of great religious buildings of the New World; its impressive façade and atrium that lead to its Baroque interior influenced by Moorish style, with the winged Virgin of Quito at its main altar.
Then continue to the Equatorial Monument, 25 Kms. (16 miles) North of Quito, which marks the exact Middle of the World, latitude 0º, where you can stand with a foot on each hemisphere. Visit the Ethnographic Museum inside the monument, which shows the different Native American groups living in Ecuador. Beside the monument there is a colonial-style town, complete with main square, church, post office, bullring, cafeterias, restaurants and many gift shops with postcards and souvenirs. You will get a certificate for having crossed the Equator.
- Entrance fee to the Middle of the World
- Dress in layers (T-shirt, blouse, sweater, coat)
- Take a sweater even if the day is warm and sunny
- Rain protection advised in the afternoon
- This tour includes walking at an altitude of 2800 meters (9200 feet) and climbing stairs
- Sun protection (SPF 40)
- Good walking shoes
Our recommendations for the best possible experience
- For a more Dress in layers (T-shirt, blouse, sweater, coat).
- Take a sweater even if the day is warm and sunny.
- Rain protection advised in the afternoon.
- This tour includes walking at an altitude of 2800 meters (9200 feet) and climbing stairs.
- Sun protection (SPF 40).
- Good walking shoes.
- Don´t forget your camera.
- * Tour visits to churches on Sundays are not allowed.
- Women should not wear shorts nor miniskirts as visits to churches are included.
- Shopping opportunities for souvenirs and local handicrafts available.
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Quito Cultural Tours
Quito, ethereal city of translucent vitality
The capital of Ecuador has a setting that few cities can match. During the 13th century it was the prosperous center of the Kingdom of the Quitus. It later became the northern capital of the Inca Empire. In the 16th and 17th centuries, Colonial architects built formidable temples, monasteries and mansions, creating an urban jewel designated by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage Site. Quito's artistic creativity awaits the visitor in cosmopolitan galleries and boutiques filled with contemporary paintings, sculptures and exquisite traditional crafts.
The stay in Quito must include a visit to the Colonial sector, the old and charming city with 400 years of Spanish heritage. Also, visit the Middle of the World, the very center of the earth, at latitude 0°, and enjoy a performance of the JACCHIGUA Folklore Ballet featuring a troupe of brilliantly costumed dancers reenacting traditional rituals and celebrations.