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“Colonial Splendor and History at their best” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Quito Historical Old Town Tour

Quito Historical Old Town Tour
Ranked #14 of 114 Tours in Quito
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Owner description: First, we’ll go to the "Inti-Nan" In-Situ Museum (at about 2400 meters above sea level, about 7800 feet), where you can see replicas of the Ecuadorian Highlands and Amazon and, of course, to learn about the Quitu-Cara culture, their comprehension, long before the Geodesic Mission, on the stars, and, therefore, the empowerment of the term "Center of the World"; this visit takes about 45 minutes (entrance not included).
Quito, Ecuador
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“Colonial Splendor and History at their best”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2012

The Historic Centre of Quito, the spectacular capital of Ecuador, is one of those places where you can stand in awe for hours admiring the fantastic architecture, a glorious mix of Spanish colonial, ancient indigenous and contemporary art; fantastic churches and cathedrals awash in gold-leaf altars and ceilings; narrow and colorful uphill streets, cute balconies with flowers and historic plazas and squares with monuments to honor a city rich in millenary history and culture.... Quito beholds the honor of having been the very first city whose Historic Center was declared by UNESCO a World Cultural Heritage Site, back in 1978.... Bustling during the day, fantastic and intriguinly mysterious at night with the dozens of church towers and domes ornamentally illuminated; Quito's Historic Center, also known as the "Old Town" is a must on any South American itinerary... Peeking inside stone courtyards or visiting the many and truly superb museums is a unique experience, only matched by the people's friendliness and the delicous and varied gastronomy.... hummmm... better than yuuuummmmyyyy.....!!! Great boutique hotels at restored three hundred year old mansions, lots of restaurants and cafès, filled with history and charm, are just a few characteristics to describe the outstanding Historical Center and Old Town of Quito, Ecuador.....

Visited July 2012
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“Colonial South America”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2012

The Historical neighborhood of Quito is a must-see whilst visiting the capitol of Ecuador. Leisurely stroll along the hilly brick road, stop in the large plazas to people-watch and enjoy the Spanish Colonial-era architecture while taking-in the Ecuadorian Quiteño culture.

La Calle de Siete Cruces would be a good starting point. This road takes you through the heart of Quito and past the Municipio which is the very non-elaborate "White House" of Ecuador. Along this road you will pass seven crosses of seven Churches and Cathedrals. Most you can enter to take a peak of the interior architecture and art. A small donation is preferred. If you are a fan of colonial Spanish architecture you won't be disappointed. The road is to be traveled by foot and enjoyed at your own pace. In this neighborhood you will find many museums of Ecuadorian and Quiteño art, culture and history. All museums are affordable and not over-crowded.

The star of the Historical District is the Basilica de Voto Nacional (Basilica de Quito). This massive colonial-era Basilica is breath-taking (both figuratively and literally after climbing to the top) and provides excellent views of the city as well as "El Panecillo" the angel statue overlooking-Quito. There is an entrance fee to this Basilica.

Because the Historical District is in the heart of Quito you can divert yourself to many restaurants and shops. You can take the Eco-via (metro), a bus, or a cab from anywhere in the city of Quito to this neighborhood.

Visited October 2011
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Auckland, New Zealand
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“Uncovering the past”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2012

As soon as I arrived to the downtown, I felt impressed by the amazing architecture that surrounds Quito. The balconies in the Spanish-style houses brought me to the past and allowed me to think about the colonial time. The churches I visited were fascinating, especially La Compañía as the altar was covered with gold leaf. The art of the Quitenian School with Caspicara and Legarda surprised everyone in the group. The legend and stories that this old city hides are innumerous. After the cultural visit, I enjoyed the coffee in Plaza de la Independencia. It was a good way to finish an incredible time with my girlfriend.

Visited May 2012
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“if you enjoy ancient cities with a lot of history”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 4, 2012

if you enjoy ancient cities with a lot of history, and if your a fan of south america, Quito is a must see. ecuatorian people are lovely, friendly and always try that you feel at home. i was travelling around Quito while working as a volunteer in different places in Ecuador and i always loved to go to the old town. apart from the Mariscal Sucre and La Ronda, places where you can spend a very nice evening and party, the old town itself has a lot of history and a unique charm with many cathedrals, churches, very nice views over the city, beautiful architecture and lovely cosy little streets. now and then you can pass by live concerts, markets, or just live theaters in the plazas.
and if you are carefull with your belongings you will never fell in danger os being robbed ;)

Visited May 2012
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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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“Quito, Historical Town, excellent place to go”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 26, 2012

Ecuador has everything you want in one small country. From jungle, beach, city, and even snow cold mountains. My trip to Quito Ecuador is a must see. I went to Galapagos ( don't forget under water camera), montanita (beach), Quito (capital), and to Tena (Jungle). Its very cheap to get around, the bus is only 25 cents and cabs (taxis) cost around $1-$2.

Visited June 2011
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