Begin Your Galapagos Adventure with a Grand Tour 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 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.
- See Spanish ArchitectureSurvey Quito's celebrated Old Town and its most famous examples of Spanish colonial and baroque architecture, including the golden splendors of La Compañía church
- Observe the City From AboveFrom 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 panorama of the city and Andes Highlands
- Stay at a Boutique HotelEnjoy a relaxing overnight before your Galapagos trip at one of Quito's finest luxury boutique hotels, located in the heart of the historic colonial quarter