Extra Day in Quito
Begin or End Your Galapagos Adventure with an Overview of Ecuador's Historic Capital
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 or after your Galapagos adventure with this extra-day extension. 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 Tianguez, a classic restaurant serving traditional Ecuadorian food in San Francisco Plaza, is also included. The Extra Day in Quito program includes one night's accommodation at Patio Andaluz, a luxury boutique hotel in the heart of the colonial quarter.
- Survey Quito's celebrated Old Town and its most famous examples of Spanish colonial and baroque architecture, including the golden splendors of La Compañía church
- From the heights of Itchimbia Park or El Panecillo, a 10,000-foot-high hill topped with a statue of the Virgin Maria de Quito, enjoy a panoramic view of the city and Andes Highlands
- Enjoy a relaxing overnight before or after your Galapagos trip at one of Quito's finest boutique hotels, located in the center of the historic district
Extra Day in Quito Pre-Trip
Guests opting to see the city of Quito before their Galapagos adventure will arrive into Quito one night early. Upon arrival at Quito's new airport outside the city, you will be transferred to the Old Town for a night at Patio Andaluz. After breakfast the next morning, enjoy a guided tour of Quito featuring the city's highlights. After lunch, you are transferred north to Otavalo and the Andes Highlands for the start of your Galapagos adventure.
Extra Day in Quito Post-Trip
After returning from the Galapagos, we land as a group at the Quito airport in the mid-afternoon. Those who have chosen our Extra Day in Quito program will be transferred into the heart of city to spend the night at Patio Andaluz. The next day, following breakfast at our hotel, enjoy a guided tour of Quito's historic highlights, with lunch included at Tianguez. At the end of the tour, you'll be transferred back to the airport to connect with departing flights home or to other post-trip extensions.