Heralded as one of Latin America's most beautifully preserved colonial cities, Quito's Old Town is filled with cobblestone lanes, elegant plazas and monuments, and ornate gilded churches and monasteries. Enjoy a taste of Ecuador's beguiling capital before your Galapagos adventure. Your tour of historic Quito, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, includes the 16th-century Church and Convent of San Francisco; the baroque splendor of La Compañia Church with its gleaming gold-leaf interior; Independence Plaza, the original center of Quito from which we view the Archbishop's Palace, Cathedral and Presidential Palace; and a panoramic view of the city and surrounding volcanic mountains from the overlook at Itchimbia or Panecillo Hill. Lunch at Café Plaza Grande, a classic restaurant serving traditional Ecuadorian food in Independence Plaza, is included. Your Quito extension also includes one night's accommodation at a luxury boutique hotel in the heart of the colonial quarter.