Quito: Centre of it all!
- 6 Days
- 6 Days
- Prices From:
- US$ 1,376
With its unending springtime and ‘stone’s throw’ position from the Equator, Quito lays a very real claim to being the centre of the world.
This 6-day introduction to World Heritage listed Quito includes all the city’s key sites and a few beyond, making it an excellent starting point for any Ecuador, or longer South American adventure.
Quito was the first city in the world to earn UNESCO World Heritage listing and a tour through its streets and squares illustrates why. Once a sister capital of the Incan Empire, along with Cusco Peru, Quito is a centre of pre Incan, Incan and colonial architectural marvels such as the Church and Convent of Santo Domingo and the Chapels of El Rosario and Pompeya. A journey to to latitude 0’0’0” to see the tricks of the Equator defy gravity and logic is a must on any visit to Quito.
You’ll also get to explore the fourth highest mountain in Ecuador as well as traverse through the Andes before returning to Quito, with a good chance of seeing an Andean Condor, one of the world’s largest flight-capable birds, en-route.
With a free day built in to explore, dine or shop at your leisure, the Quito – Centre of it all tour, offers the best of all that Ecuador’s capital has to offer.
- 6 Days
- 6 Days
- Prices From:
- US$ 1,376
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Arrival in Quito
Upon arrival, our representative offers a welcoming reception and will transfer you to the hotel. A documentation kit, detailed program explanation plus luggage and hotel registration assistance is offered.
Hotel Patio Andaluz
Hotel Patio Andaluz
Hotel Patio Andaluz, located in the heart of the historic "Quito Antiguo", declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1978, is surrounded by churches, museums and national monuments. Come and experience the colonial times through the corridors that have witnessed Ecuadorian history since ...
Hotel Patio Andaluz, located in the heart of the historic "Quito Antiguo", declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1978, is surrounded by churches, museums and national monuments. Come and experience the colonial times through the corridors that have witnessed Ecuadorian history since the end of the XVI century. The exclusive restaurant El Rincon de Cantuna specializes in national and Spanish cuisine and classic international dishes.
- Business Centre
- Conference Facilities
- Gift Shop
- Internet Access
- Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
- Medical Services
- Multi-lingual Staff
- Reception (24 hrs)
- Room Service
- Secretarial Service
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Quito Colonial and the Intinan Museum
A wonderful tour through the streets and main squares of Quito's Historic Centre, the first city in the world to be declared by UNESCO as a "World Cultural Heritage" site. Narrow and sometimes steep streets surrounded by classic architecture, colonial style houses, gracious flowered balconies, charming squares and more than 50 monumental churches, convents, monasteries, cloisters and historic monuments make Old Town Quito the "Centre of it All" and an amazing experience.
A visit to the Church and Convent of Santo Domingo is part of this spectacular visit; the convent has the best exhibition of architectural and religious art in the colonial city. Treasures such as the Chapels of El Rosario and Pompeya whose walls and columns are decorated in gold with an original blend of vegetable and anthropomorphic figures are a vivid example of the world famous Quito School of Art. The Convent of Santo Domingo displays colossal doors and ceilings covered with oil paintings and gold leaf; I will take you back in time to the height of Colonial power and influence.
It is then a short drive to the north of the city of Quito where you reach Latitude 0'0'0'" - centre of the world - and where you find the Intinan museum. Place one foot in the northern hemisphere and the other one on the southern hemisphere, watch the water gurgle down the drain in one direction then - no more than 2 inches away - see it drain in the opposite and the test of tests - balance and egg on a nail head!
Guayasamin art Gallery / Capilla Del Hombre / Quito
You'll visit the museum of Guayasamin that exhibits excellent samples of pre-Columbian, colonial and contemporary art from the private collections of the famous Ecuadorian artist Oswaldo Guayasamin.
Following this is a visit to "La Capilla del Hombre" (Chapel of Man), the inside of which is covered with a mural by the artist. It narrates the history of "El hombre Americano", but was incomplete at the time of the Guayasamin's death, and remains unfinished.
The Chapel holds some of Guayasamin's work as well as that of other well-known Latin-American artists, from Pre-Columbian to the contemporary. The altar of the Chapel holds an eternal flame in defense of peace and human rights.
An early start takes you due north on a beautiful scenic drive to the province of Imbabura, a magic land of lakes and mountains of outstanding beauty. The day beings by learning about the customs of the indigenous population of the area as you delve into the relationships between them and nature.
The Northern Highlands are the home of the Otavalo Community, the Otavalos are known around the world for their weaving patterns and textiles which pre-date the Spanish conquest. The market is world known for its colorful textiles, woven on back-strap and shuttle looms, its piles of ponchos and hand-made textiles, hats, Indian jewelry and creative handicrafts. This is a unique occasion to wander through a maze of color and enjoy some fun bargaining - and you must bargain! Grab some quality handicrafts at superb prices for yourself or as gifts for friends and family back home.
Antisana Area and Central Andes
After breakfast you will be transferred by car to the Antisana region. The Antisana Volcano is the fourth highest mountain in the Ecuadorian Andes. Massive glaciers feed water to lakes and rivers of the reserve, which sustain the abundant wildlife of the region. Fifty percent of the Andean Condors that live in Ecuador have chosen Antisana as their home, as well as many other species of highland birds. You will spend the day in a hacienda located in this area. The hacienda is surrounded by a rocky wall, which is one of the preferred nesting sites and habitat of Andean Condor, so there are plenty of opportunities to see them flying around the area. Return to Quito in the early evening.
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After breakfast, you are transferred to the airport for your onwards travels. But why not complete your Ecuador experience with a trip to the Galapagos, coast or the Amazon. Ask your South American specialist for more information.
- Private transfers and transport
- 5 nights' accommodation in the 4-star hotel of Patio Andaluz
- 5 Breakfasts
- Quito City Tour, Visit to the Equator, The Intinan Museum, Guayasamin Art Gallery and Capilla Del Hombre visit
- Complimentary day trip to Otavalo, Antisana Area and Central Andes tour
- English speaking guides
- All entrance fees, porterage at the airport and hotels
- Travel insurance
- International and domestic airfares and airfare taxes
- Visa fees if applicable
- Items of a personal nature
- Meals not specifically noted in the itinerary
- Beverages unless specified
- Airport taxes
TERMS AND CONDITIONS:
Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.
25 Jun 2018