Half Day

“As you begin this comprehensive tour of the enchanting metropolis of Quito, you will marvel at the collection of artistic and architectural treasures.”

A blend of modern and colonial, Quito is home to the best-preserved, least-altered historic center in Latin America. However, Quito’s traditions and culture are not confined to the past. They continue to live on through its people and their crafts, food, and legends. Discover the most important and charming locations of this urban jewel surrounded by mountains, valleys and volcanoes; which was declared a World Heritage Site in 1978.

Begin your tour while becoming captivated by the history and legends of the Plaza Grande, or Independence Square. In its center, surrounded by the Archbishop’s palace, the Presidential Palace and the Cathedral, is the Monument of Independence, an impressive sculpture that represents the power of the Ecuadorian people and their desire for freedom. You will continue to the Church of La Compañia de Jesus, considered to be one of the most beautiful churches in all of South America. Within the church are ornately decorated elements everywhere you look with gold-leafed and plated designs, a true masterpiece that has to be witnessed in person.

Afterwards, you will continue your tour towards the impressive square of the Plaza de San Francisco, which offers incredible views of the majestic white monastery, church and the mountains that surround Quito, acting as the perfect backdrop against the city. You will learn many interesting facts about its history, dating back to pre-Incan times, which seems to be lost among the cobblestones. At the end of the tour, you will find yourself at the Panecillo Hill, named this by the locals for its resemblance to the common pieces of bread or “pan” that you see in the local bakeries. The top of the Panecillo is crowned by the Virgin of Quito, cast in aluminum. From here, the magnificent panoramic views of the city will stay forever etched in your memory.

Quito City Tour

Prices 2023

Prices per Person

Number of Guests Price
1 Guest
USD 150.00
2 Guests
USD 82.00
3-5 Guests
USD 63.00
6-9 Guests
USD 42.00
10-16 Guests
USD 34.00


  • Private services with local English-speaking guide
  • Services and entrance fees as detailed in the itinerary
  • Entrances to listed sites
  • Permanent assistance by our operations department


  • Meals and services not mentioned in the program
  • Personal expenses

  • Tips

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What our customers say


Amazing experience. Pablo was the best travel agent; I highly recommend him and his team!

March 2023
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Jeff Zackon

Hi Sofia

Over and above the review I would like to make the following comments:

  1. We had a fantastic time.
  2. Your organization of the trip and attention to detail was exceptional.
  3. The staff of Columbus Travel that we encountered were all courteous and prepared to assist beyond the call of duty. I must single out Pablo with his wealth of knowledge and personable approach.
  4. Both excursions from Quito were top rate, especially the delicious lunch served at the Hacienda we visited on the Otavalo trip.
  5. Swissotel was excellent. The staff were also willing to assist at all times.

Thank you for organizing. I will certainly be recommending your services to my friends planning a trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands.

Jeff Zackon
April 2023
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Rita Nigam

Hello Pablo,

Hanzel, our tour guide in the Galapagos was amazing we were very lucky to have him for 10 days and felt like saying goodbye to the family at the end. The staff on the boat were the same.

The Amazon was a great adventure, and 3 nights was a perfect amount of time.

This was truly an experience of a lifetime to see nature at its best and in action. Our family truly enjoyed ourselves.

Rita Nigam
May 2023
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Katharina Brandau

Fantastic trip to Mindo! Thanks to Patricia (guide) and Patricio (driver) for the great experience. We learned a lot about Ecuador in general, flora and fauna. On our request, the zip line was added on the day spontaneously, which was awesome.

Katharina Brandau
May, 2023
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