Explore Old Town Quito: Sightseeing, Food, Culture Small Group Walking Tour

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Duration: 4 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    10:00 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Teatro Sucre, C. Guayaquil &, Quito 170401, Ecuador
  • Return Details :
    Independence Square, and Chile St Venezuela, García Moreno N5-16, Quito 170401, Ecuador
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Learn the legends of Quito on this tour through the citys historic centre. Visit the market where every kiosk tells a story, and uncover local culture and customs as you explore the heart of Old Town. See where the Spanish city was born and revolutions sparked. Take a break with a hands-on sweet treat making your own ice cream using ingredients youll only find in South America.


  • All entrance fees included
  • Comprehensive tour of the city
  • Family friendly
  • Led by a local guide

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Explore the historic district of Quito and enjoy authentic Ecuadorian foods on this full-day tour! Begin your adventure on the cobblestone streets of Old Town Quito with your expert guide. Browse the central market, where you'll see a variety of goods including roses, exotic fruits, and local vegetables.

Then, follow your guide to the heart of Old Town -- Independence Plaza. Walk around the plaza while admiring the impressive Independence Monument, the Archbishop's Palace and the Government Palace. Learn about the significance of these buildings from your guide as you walk through the plaza.

From there, head to the Monastery of San Francisco. This large, ancient building takes up two city blocks and is a must-see attraction. Tour the chapel and convent while hearing stories and legends of the impressive building from your guide.


Local English-speaking guide

Entrance fee to the San Francisco towers

Ice cream



Hotel pickup and drop-off

Additional Info

Minimum age is 6 years old

For your Intrepid Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people

Not wheelchair accessible

Service animals allowed

Near public transportation

While we strongly recommend that all travellers are vaccinated against COVID-19 to reduce the risk of transmission and avoid putting undue strain on healthcare services, vaccinations are not a requirement to join an Intrepid Urban Adventures tour.

Most travelers can participate

Guides required to regularly wash hands

All tours follow the latest local health authority advice. Urban Adventures has received the World Travel and Tourism Councils Safe Travels stamp, which recognises companies that have adopted health and hygiene global standardised protocols.

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Traveler Reviews

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  • 14-Aug-2023

    We had a fantastic experience on the private version of this Urban Adventures tour (aka Legends and Culture tour). Our guide, Marcelo, was excellent- extremely knowledgeable, accommodating and personable. His love and appreciation of his hometown of Quito were evident throughout the tour. The highlight of the tour was the visit to the market, where we were introduced to various aspects of the rich Ecuadorian culture and were able to sample a cornucopia of local fruit. We also found the engaging walk through Old Town, visiting various historical sites, to be very informative. Marcelo also provided invaluable local advice about safety, dining and other excursions in and around Quito. Highly recommended.

  • 31-Jul-2023

    Mr. Marcelo, the best tour guide. He can make this experience really memorial and you can ask whatever you want he can kindly respond your doubts. Marcelo es el mejor guía. Puede hacer esta experiencia realmente memorable y puedes preguntas lo que quieres, el lo sabrá responder amablemente y despejar tus dudas.

  • 02-Jul-2023

    Our guide, Daniela, was fantastic! She had many interesting insights to share, but didn't overwhelm us with too much information. She was patient and responded to all of our questions with enthusiasm. The tour itself was a great way to taste different food in the Old Town of Quito which included many unusual fruits, sorbet, candy, chocolate and a warm, tasty local coconut milk drink. Daniela was a great guide on a tour that provided a nice overview of the old town part of Quito. It was very enjoyable.

  • 03-May-2023

    Overall the tour was very good and learned so much about Quito history. We had a miscommunication about the meeting place. Missed first hour of the tour. After we finally met up. Our tour guide was very nice and made tour interesting. We really enjoyed fruit tasting. Guide was very helpful on where to buy chocolate and coffee. He also recommended an excellent restaurant close to end of the tour. I would highly recommend this tour for history of old Quito.

  • 04-Feb-2023

    Local market was great and awesome insight to the churches and ongoing election. Our guide was very knowledgeable about the area.

  • 13-Jan-2023

    Our guide Carlos was excellent. We wanted to spend more time on some stops and he was very flexible. Our itinerary was great The views from the top of the cable cars was amazing and being able to take in the beauty that is Quito was wonderful. We got a great overview of history and volcanos and earthquakes. We highly recommend this to families or couples.

  • 15-Nov-2022

    I totally enjoyed the almost 4 hours city tour. I leaned a lot about history, architecture, religion, food culture and more. Marcelo is a very professional and friendly guy. His knowledge is impressive. I highly recommend this tour.

  • 09-Apr-2022

    We were going to be a few minutes late due to traffic and I messaged the tour guide. When we arrived 7 minutes late there was no one there. We went back to the hotel. 1 1/2 hours later I received a call from the tour director apologizing. He said he didn’t know we were coming. He offered to do the tour in the afternoon but we had other plans. I requested a refund which he did not provide. So I paid $140 for nothing!!!!!!

  • 03-Apr-2022

    Our guide Etiel was very knowledgeable about Quito and Ecuador. He was very attentive to our comfort and interests, and we enjoyed a great introduction to the historic center's sites and gastronomy. Highly recommended!

  • 23-Jun-2021

    I had been a Urban Adventures traveller for many years, I always believed in their products and how they worked with local companies and experts. Unfortunately seems that all this has changed. They took over and left all this companies blank in the ground. Even reviews have been stolen from them. I am realizing that this tour is using the name of the former owner and his reviews. Be aware. This tour is just a regular city tour, not amazed.

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