Quito Half Day City Tour

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.



When I was in Quito in May on the way to the Galapagos we booked a day trip to Cotopaxi - ask the receptionist at the hotel about a driver/guide.  Others went to the cloud forest on a day trip or the hot springs.  (Of course we had to pay for all these.)   In that way you won't be duplicating anything 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!!

Hi WorryTooMuch,

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)

The half day tour is still as described by Tim as at September 2011. I would also suggest a day out to the Mindo cloud forest. There is a nice drive up there. We went direct to one lodge on the edge of a very steep valley for drink and snack. There were a number of humming birds around. We then went to a butterfly place in the town of Mindo, which was nice. We then headed back out of the valley to a very nice lodge for a good trout lunch. However, the humming birds here were one of best wildlife experiences anywhere I have had. There are feeders everywhere, always busy with birds. A 100mm lens is about all that is needed here, you can get within a couple of feet of the birds. Highlight was the booted racket-tail humming bird. Google him! Check out his slippers. The town of Mindo also does a number of activities as well such as tubing (not tried though).

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