Quito Old Town Tour With Gondola Ride And Visit To The Equator

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 1 Day
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  • Departure Time :
    9:00 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    We will pick you up at your hotel/hostel
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Immerse yourself in mesmerizing Quito during this private full-day tour of Old Town. Follow an experienced local guide through Centro Historico, the captials historic center and the first-ever UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stand on the equator, ride the highest gondola in South America, and visit the governments palace, the Basilica Church, and San Francisco Church. Roundtrip transportation to and from your hotel is provided.


  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Family friendly
  • Get inside tips from a local
  • Comprehensive tour of the city
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors

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Start the adventure with pick up from your hotel by a professional guide in a private vehicle. After a short ride, embark on a walking tour through the famous Centro Historico. Made up of well-preserved buildings and cathedrals, the area was the first place to be designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Spend time walking around and visit the governments palace, the Basilica Church, and San Francisco Church.

Next, travel by car to the Teleferico, the highest gondola in South America. Because Quito has an impressive area of 201 square miles (324 sq km), this is the best way to view the capital city. A ride up the mountain only takes about 10-15 minutes and the entrance fee is included.

Lastly, travel a short distance and see what gave the country its name. Because Ecuador directly translates to the Republic of the Equator, a trip to the Middle of the world is a must. Snap photos in front of the large monument, visit the Ethnography Museum, and stand on the equatorial line. The guide will drive you back to your hotel at the end of the tour.


Transport by minivan or compact (medium) car (depending on pax number)

Local driver/guide

Hotel pickup and drop-off

Entry/Admission - San Francisco Church (Iglesia de San Francisco)

Entry/Admission - Mitad Del Mundo

Entry/Admission - Basilica del Voto Nacional

Entry/Admission - Teleferico Quito


Food and drinks


Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 7 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability

A minimum of 2 people per booking is required

Children must be accompanied by an adult

May be operated by a multi-lingual guide

Minimum age is 18 years

Traveler Reviews

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  • 10-Mar-2020

    My husband and I were very pleased with our private tour. Our knowledgeable guide, Malena, knew many facts and answered all our questions. We wanted to see more of the city of Quito and fewer historic sights. She helped to make this possible. Great driving by driver, Alexis. We enjoyed a delicious Ecuadorian lunch on the way to Mitad del Mundo. The group tour there was a bit long but we learned some interesting facts. A great day!

  • 20-Feb-2020

    This is a great way to see Quito in one day.
    We were on our way to Galapagos with a day lay over in Quito. In one full day we went to the equator, Mitad Del Mundo, gondola to El Teleférico highest point, a local lunch and tour of old town.

  • 17-Feb-2020

    First I would like to start with our guide Carlos. He was awesome! He explained what the day would entail driving to our first location along with the suggestion that the day would be what we wanted to see. Our first stop was Mitad del Mundo which was full of fun facts about how things work on the equator. Even though we participated in a larger tour at this location, Carlos remained with us and also answered any questions we had. Next stop was the Gondola ride. Line was longer than normal and Carlos suggested the fast pass which was an additional cost but not a significant amount more. The ride up was spectacular and the day was sunny and offered amazing views of the city. Then it was off to the old city where we had lunch before beginning our walking tour. The restaurant was reasonable and the menu varied from traditional Ecuadorian cuisine to more main stream. Afterwards we visited some of the churches and other historical buildings in the old city. Carlos provided historical information as we wandered thru the city. This tour is a great way to see the highlights in one day. Again our guide Carlos was awesome and made the tour a success!

  • 15-Jul-2019

    Carlos from Lead Adventures was an outstanding guide, starting off with a very punctual beginning 5 minutes early. Even though the Basilica was almost 20 minutes late to open, Carlos walked us around the area and provided both facts and entertaining anecdotes. We should have asked for more time in Centro Historico and less at the equator, as there is so much rich architecture and history in Quito and so little time to see it. Overall, we enjoyed the tour and would have done it again if we only had 1-2 days to see the highlights of Quito.

  • 03-Jul-2019

    Christina was a kind and knowledgeable guide. Her passion for the culture, history and folklore were evident. What a fantastic introduction to Ecuador.

  • 22-Feb-2018

    This was a terrific tour and our guide Juan was excellent. He was very friendly, and knowledgeable. We went to a fantastic seafood restaurant for lunch and since it just my husband and myself on the tour we bought Juan lunch, which he never acknowledged. The only negative in an otherwise great day.

  • 06-Nov-2017

    Our guide Juan was terrific, the tour was very well organised, interesting, and very comprehensive.

  • 16-Jun-2017

    Great guide (Ana), great driver. Lots of information and lots of fun. Unfortunately the Gondola was shut down for maintenance but they found us great alternatives. Beautiful day all over Quito.

  • 29-Aug-2016

    Luis of Lead Adventures was the best! He was very detailed in explaining about his city and country. He kept us safe. He helped me get the wonderful photos I collect. We enjoyed our full day with Luis.

  • 10-Jul-2016

    Do it your self specially if you are staying in downtown Quito.

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