You will discover the magic of Ecuador on this tour., that is because you will discover Quito.
You will get to know the most important neighborhoods that are rich in culture and life. We will interact with culture and discover beautiful landscapes in the beautiful sceneries and people that Quito has to offer.
This is a 3 day itinerary in Quito with all stays at Illa Experience Hotel.
The following complimentary services are included:
Breakfast at INES restaurant (a la carte) or in-room experience | Airport transfer* | Welcome and daily experiences* | Free Wi-Fi | Experiences with Artisans | Meals at local restaurants | Spa to relax after an exploring day
Day 1: Arrival in Quito
After the arriving at the airport, our helpful guide will meet you, plus he will serve as a translator, and assist with the private transfer to our ILLA Experience Hotel where you will be welcomed with our welcome drink plus a traditional experience involving our local artisans and artists.
Day 2 : Quito Six Senses City & Equator Line Tour
Your day starts exploring the bustling streets and squares of the largest historical center in the Americas in a unique adventure for the senses. Together we will uncover traditions, history and local life of this enchanting city.
Our route takes us through the street of the seven crosses. We enjoy views of the facades of old colonial homes and churches on our way to the main Square or Indpendece Square in which is located the Goverment Palace.
As we continue through these historic streets we get a chance to meet a local family that makes their living by creating traditional sweets called Colaciones! We walk deeper into the heart of Quito, passing by historic buildings made of volcanic stones. The stunning views of the sculpted Compania Church will leave you longing for a visit of its interiors.
To learn more about this and other churches we make our way to the workshops of the master craftsmen from “The Escuela Quiteña”. These artists keep the secrets of the colonial art in Quito’s churches and museums, they are the people who have been in charge of restoring the altars and painting in these historic gems. They will share their secrets with us and allow us to try our artistic skills to create our very own crafts.
Our next stop will be at La Ronda, a historical and bohemian neighborhood of the city. It is a traditional street, associated with the art, crafts gastronomy and fun of Quito. It is also the oldest street in Quito. Over there we will also enter at a traditional coffee shop to try some interesting ice cream flavours or a traditional sweet (depending on the weather).
Finally you will visit “Panecillo” hillside with its breathtaking views of the old and modern city surrounded by the rolling Andes Mountains. And on the top is located one of the most iconic monument of Quito: the Panecillo Virgin. It is built of nearly seven thousand pieces of aliminum and what makes this representation so unique are the wings: it is the only Virgin Mary that has wings in the world.
As an addition to the Quito Six Senses City Tour, you will go to the “Equatorial line” complex. Its monument is located at the latitude 0º 0´0″ and provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to straddle both hemispheres or hop between the two in the blink of an eye.
The monument forms the focal point of a park and leisure area with gift shops and restaurants. The site occupies an important place in the solar-based Andean cosmovision since ancient Andean people were aware of its significance many thousands of years ago. The Ethnographic Museum at the complex provides a fine overview of Ecuador’s varied cultures and geography.
At the end of the day you will return to Illa Experience Hotel.
Day 3 :The Middle Of The World, Latitud 0 0′ 0”
Early in the morning, the tour will depart by car towards the “Teleferico” which is the highest viewpoint in the city.
Around midday, you will go to the “Mitad del Mundo”, a monument to remember the equator line that passes through our country.
You may choose to either visit the Ethnographic or the Inti Ñan Museums, both located near the monument. Along the way, we will stop for a traditional Ecuadorian lunch (optional and not included). After the tour, you will finally return to your hotel.