Does anyone know what the Quito half day city tour covers? We will have some free time there before the tour (almost 2 full days), so we would like to plan what to do but don't want to duplicate what we will do on the city tour.
I don't know what you get to see on the city tour but Quito is fairly easy to get around. The Teleferico is worth going up for views of the area & Cotopaxi. A taxi from Mariscal sucre costs about $5-6 or so each way.The museums are all really good but especially Museo del Banco Central (allow a couple of hours), Capilla del Hombe to see Guayasamin's art and at the true equator go to Museo de la Cultura Solar. Taxis to the Capilla should cost no more than $5 and to the Equator haggle arund $10-12. You can get a bus back to Mariscal from just outside the tacky Equator shops for about 25c but the boys on the bus try to tell you foreigners pay double!!
The Quito city tour on the Galapagos trips generally starts with a drive to the Guapulo viewing point, which offers fantastic views over the eastern cordillera of the Andes. From here, we then head into the historic downtown area, stopping first at the Basilica which is located on the boundary between old and modern Quito. The church itself is very interesting and beautifully decorated inside, and its elevated position means it's a great place to take photos of the historical centre. In the heart of the old town itself, we visit the Plaza de la Independencia (the main square) and the Presidential Palace and continue on to La Compañia church (an entrance fee of around US$2 applies if you'd like to go inside) and San Francisco church and monastery. There's time for a coffee in Plaza San Francisco before we drive to the summit of Panecillo Hill, which overlooks the whole city. We finish the tour by driving back to the hotel, but those who wish to spend more time exploring can be dropped back in the historic centre and make their own way back to the hotel.
Hope this helps!
Tim (Exodus product manager)
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