Self-guided Sightseeing Tour #1 in Quito, Ecuador


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Tour Facts

Number of sights 25 sights
Distance 6.1 km
Ascend 284 m
Descend 200 m

Experience Quito in Ecuador in a whole new way with our self-guided sightseeing tour. This site not only offers you practical information and insider tips, but also a rich variety of activities and sights you shouldn't miss. Whether you love art and culture, want to explore historical sites or simply want to experience the vibrant atmosphere of a lively city - you'll find everything you need for your personal adventure here.

Activities in QuitoIndividual Sights in Quito

Sight 1: Iglesia de Santo Domingo

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371 meters / 4 minutes

Sight 2: City Museum

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The City Museum is a museum in the colonial center of Quito, Ecuador. It is located on Garcia Moreno Street, between Morales and Rocafuerte.

Wikipedia: City Museum (Quito) (EN)

251 meters / 3 minutes

Sight 3: Casa del Alabado Pre-Columbian Art Museum

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Casa del Alabado Pre-Columbian Art Museum

Casa del Alabado is an active cultural space that offers, through its temporary exhibitions and agenda, an articulation between artifacts and contemporary perspectives, through a permanent conversation with artists, academics, cultural managers, creators, and researchers. Through the enhancement, research and conservation of nearly five thousand pieces that are part of the archaeological heritage of the country, and educational and cultural programs, our work connects the past with the social and cultural life of the present.

Wikipedia: Casa del Alabado Museum of Pre-Columbian Art (EN), Website

85 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 4: La Gangotena

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The Gangotena Palace, currently occupied by the Hotel Casa Gangotena, is a palatial building in the city of Quito (Ecuador), located on the corner of Rocafuerte and Cuenca streets, in front of the centennial Plaza de San Francisco in the historic center of the city. Due to its exquisite exterior decoration, it is one of the buildings that stand out the most in the complex of the square that precedes it, in addition to being known for its historical baggage that begins in the seventeenth century, although without many references; it continues during the nineteenth century and until 1997, when the building belonged to the Gangotena family, whose members include industrialists, politicians, landowners, academics and poets; and ends with the inauguration of an important luxury hotel within its walls, in 2011.

Wikipedia: Palacio Gangotena (ES)

191 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 5: Iglesia de San Francisco

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The Basilica and Convent of San Francisco, commonly known as el San Francisco, is a Catholic basilica that stands in the middle of the historic center of Quito, in front of the square of the same name. It is the oldest and most significant religious site in Ecuador. The structure is the largest architectural complex within the historic centers of all of South America, and for this reason it was known as "El Escorial of the New World". San Francisco is considered a jewel of continental architecture for its mixture of different styles combined throughout more than 150 years of construction. San Francisco is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site "City of Quito".

Wikipedia: Basilica and Convent of San Francisco, Quito (EN)

181 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 6: Church of the Society of Jesus

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The Church and Convent of San Ignacio de Loyola de la Compañía de Jesús de Quito, also known in the Ecuadorian people simply as La Compañía, is a Catholic clerical complex located on the corner formed by calles García Moreno and Sucre, in the Historic Center of the city of Quito, capital of Ecuador. The façade of its main temple is entirely carved in volcanic stone. Over time, this church has also been called: "Temple of Solomon of South America". Father Bernardo Recio, a traveling Jesuit, called it "Golden Ember".

Wikipedia: Church of La Compañía, Quito (EN)

142 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 7: Centro Cultural Metropolitano

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Centro Cultural Metropolitano is a cultural institution based in Quito, Ecuador. It was established in 1997 in a building which dates to 1622.

Wikipedia: Centro Cultural Metropolitano (EN)

21 meters / 0 minutes

Sight 8: La Iglesia de El Sagrario

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La Iglesia de El Sagrario is a Renaissance Catholic Church in the city of Quito, capital of Ecuador. It is located in the Historic Center of the city, on calle García Moreno, formerly known as calle de las Siete Cruces, a few meters from the corner with calle Eugenio Espejo. It is part of the Metropolitan Cathedral complex, although it seems more like an independent church than an adjoining chapel, both because of its size and because of its importance in Quito's art.

Wikipedia: Iglesia de El Sagrario, Quito (EN)

68 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 9: Museo Alberto Mena Caamaño

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Alberto Mena Caamaño Museum is a museum in Quito, Ecuador. A cultural institution of Quito, the capital of Ecuador, it is located in the historic center of the city, next to the Palacio de Carondelet. The Rough Guide to Ecuador considers it to be the "old town's most rewarding museum".

Wikipedia: Alberto Mena Caamaño Museum (EN)

57 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 10: Catedral Metropolitana Quito

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The Quito Metropolitan Cathedral, is a Catholic cathedral in Quito, Ecuador. Located on the southwestern side of the Plaza de la Independencia, it served as a seat of the Diocese of Quito from 1545 until 1848 when it was elevated to Archdiocese. In 1995, it was elevated to the Cathedral of Ecuador, making it the seniormost Catholic church in the country.

Wikipedia: Quito Metropolitan Cathedral (EN)

54 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 11: Plaza de la Independencia

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Independence Square is the principal and central public square of Quito, Ecuador. This is the central square of the city and one of the symbols of the executive power of the nation. Its main feature is the monument to the independence heroes of August 10, 1809, the date remembered as the first cry of independence of the Royal Audience of Quito from the Spanish monarchy. The square is flanked by the Carondelet Palace, the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Archbishop's Palace, the Municipal Palace and the Plaza Grande Hotel.

Wikipedia: Plaza de la Independencia (EN)

32 meters / 0 minutes

Sight 12: Monumento a la Independencia

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The Independence Monument, also known as the Monument to the Heroes of August 10, 1809, is a commemorative column located in the city of Quito D.M. that is located in the center of the Plaza Grande, being its most important element and the one that gives its name to the Plaza. It rises to the memory of the Quito patriots who began the struggles for independence in Ecuador. It was inaugurated in 1906 to commemorate the so-called First Cry of Spanish-American independence by the then president, General Eloy Alfaro Delgado. It is one of the most important icons of the Historic Center of the city and the country; in addition to an important site of political concentration because it is located in front of the Carondelet Palace, seat of the Ecuadorian government.

Wikipedia: Monumento a la Independencia (Quito) (ES)

55 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 13: Palacio de Carondelet

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Carondelet Palace is the seat of government of the Republic of Ecuador, located in Quito. Access is by the public space known as Independence Square or Plaza Grande, around which are also the Archbishop's Palace, Municipal Palace, Hotel Plaza Grande, and Metropolitan Cathedral.

Wikipedia: Palacio de Carondelet (EN)

67 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 14: Palace of Pizarro

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Hotel Plaza Grande is a five-star luxury hotel in the historic centre of Quito, Ecuador. The hotel is located next to the Carondelet Palace and the Archbishop's Palace and faces the Old Town's eponymous central plaza, Plaza de la Independencia. It is located in a restored Spanish colonial mansion, which formerly belonged to one of the earliest colonial inhabitants of Quito, Juan Diaz de Hidalgo.

Wikipedia: Palace of Pizarro, Quito (EN)

109 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 15: Palacio Arzobispal

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The Archbishop's Palace is a palatial building erected in the Historic Center of the city of Quito DM. Located on the eastern corner of Chile and Venezuela streets, it is one of the four buildings that flank the Plaza de la Independencia on its north side. It is the seat of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Quito and the official residence of the Archbishop of Quito and primate of Ecuador.

Wikipedia: Palacio arzobispal de Quito (ES)

123 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 16: Edificio Pérez Pallares

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The Pérez Pallares building is an eclectic style construction located on Venezuela and Chile streets in the Historic Center of Quito (Ecuador), diagonal to the Plaza de la Independencia on its northeastern corner, which makes it part of the most important urban complex of the city.

Wikipedia: Edificio Pérez Pallares (ES), Url

176 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 17: City of Quito

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City of Quito Dr. Carlos Costales Terán / / CC BY-SA 4.0

The historic center of Quito is located in the south center of the city of Quito, in Ecuador, on an area of 375.2 hectares, and is considered the best preserved historical complex and one of the most important in Latin America. It has around 130 monumental buildings and five thousand properties registered in the municipal inventory of heritage assets. It is also one of the 85 parishes that make up the metropolitan area of the capital of Ecuador.

Wikipedia: Centro Histórico (parroquia) (ES), Heritage Website

131 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 18: Sucre House

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Sucre House User: (WT-shared) Shoestring at wts wikivoyage / CC BY-SA 4.0

Sucre House is a museum in the historic center of Quito, Ecuador. It was established in 1977 by the Ministry of Defence. It is dedicated to the memory of its most famous occupants: the Venezuelan independence hero, Marshal Antonio José de Sucre, and his wife, Mariana Carcelén.

Wikipedia: Museum House of Sucre (EN)

343 meters / 4 minutes

Sight 19: Teatro Bolivar

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Teatro Bolívar is a theatre in Quito, Ecuador. It was established on 15 April 1933, with a capacity of 2400 spectators. It hosted many notable events, including the Miss Ecuador 1996 contest. In 1997, it underwent significant restoration, only to be plagued by fire two years later.

Wikipedia: Teatro Bolívar (EN)

641 meters / 8 minutes

Sight 20: Teatro Sucre

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Plaza del Teatro Sucre is the twenty-third stop of the Trolleybus Corridor, in the center of the city of Quito. Its main platform is located on Guayaquil Street, intersection with Manabí, in the Historic Center parish; although the platform for the south-north direction is on the other side of the square that presides over the theater.

Wikipedia: Teatro Sucre (Trolebús de Quito) (ES)

241 meters / 3 minutes

Sight 21: Museo Camilo Egas

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Camilo Egas was an Ecuadorian master painter and teacher, who was also active in the United States and Europe. Egas was married in Paris 1927 to dancer and artist Margarita Gibbons. Camilo Egas museum in Quito illustrates a self portrait of the artist of 1946 that is on the cover of a pamphlet published by them then used for a book Jan 2003 edition by del Banco central del Ecuador.

Wikipedia: Camilo Egas (EN)

563 meters / 7 minutes

Sight 22: Basílica del Voto Nacional o del Sagrado Corazón de Jesús

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429 meters / 5 minutes

Sight 23: Busto a Alexander Sabes Petion

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Busto a Alexander Sabes Petion

Alexandre Sabès Pétion was the first president of the Republic of Haiti from 1807 until his death in 1818. One of Haiti's founding fathers, Pétion belonged to the revolutionary quartet that also includes Toussaint Louverture, Jean-Jacques Dessalines, and his later rival Henri Christophe. Regarded as an excellent artilleryman in his early adulthood, Pétion would distinguish himself as an esteemed military commander with experience leading both French and Haitian troops. The 1802 coalition formed by him and Dessalines against French forces led by Charles Leclerc would prove to be a watershed moment in the decade-long conflict, eventually culminating in the decisive Haitian victory at the Battle of Vertières in 1803.

Wikipedia: Alexandre Pétion (EN)

775 meters / 9 minutes

Sight 24: La Alameda

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La Alameda

La Alameda Park is a park in Quito.

Wikipedia: La Alameda Park, Quito (EN)

987 meters / 12 minutes

Sight 25: Palacio de Cristal Centro cultural Itchimbia

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