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Basilica (2 hrs)
It is very nice to climb the towers of the church as you get great views on the old city centre and it’s surroundings. Some stairs are very steep and you shouldn’t be afraid of heights. The entrance fee to the church is $1 and climbing the towers cost $2.
Plaza Independencia (1 hr)
Its main feature is the monument to the independence heroes of August 10, 1809, date remembered as the First Cry of Independence of the Royal Audience of Quito from the Spanish monarchy.
Around the square you can see the Carondelet Palace, the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Archbishop's Palace, the Municipal Palace and the Plaza Grande Hotel.
At the Presidential palace you can watch the guards and every Monday at 11 am there’s the ceremony of the change of the guards. If the president is around he will show up at the balcony as well.
La Compañía Church (1 hr)
La Compañía is one of the most significant works of Spanish Baroque architecture in South America and it’s on the world heritage list. You can visit the church during daytime, but there is no entrance for tourists during a mass. It is located at Benalcázar 562 y Sucre.
Teleferico (2-3 hrs)
It can be nice in the morning and also great at sunset. See the sun go down and enlighten the city. Before you go up with the Teleferico, check the view from the city first. If you can’t see the peak of the mountain it's not worth to go.
Foreign tourists have to go through the express lane. A ticket there costs $8,5 for a return. The cable car is open daily from 8 am to 8 pm. Take a cab from the city centre and make an appointment with the driver to pick you up again.
Plaza san Francisco (1 hr)
Construction of the building began a few weeks after the founding of the city in 1534 and ended in 1604. It is the largest religious complex in the Americas. It is approximately 40000 square metres, but only the church is open to the public. The Statue of the virgin Maria in this church inspired the designer of the huge Maria statue on the mountain in the city.
La Virgin Maria (1 hr)
Just take a cab from Colonial Quito. Ask the driver to wait for you while you visit the area (10-15 minutes). The total price for the ride, waiting time and ride back should be less than $10. You can also enter the statue for $1 but there’s not much to see. Ask the driver also to stop halfway up the hill as you get the best view on the city from there.
Biking the Cotopaxi Volcano (1 day)
It is an absolute beautiful tour and you only need a little bit of biking experience. Although it sounds a bit dangerous, if you use common sense, everybody can do it. They will pick you up in Quito and drive you to the highest point of the volcano (at least from where you can still bike).
The tour is organised by The Biking Dutchman. Go to their website for this tour. They also offer other (longer) tours as well. Prices depend on how many people attend the tour.
Termas Papallacta (1 day)
Papallacta is approximately two hours drive away from Quito. It is a beautiful drive through the mountains and Parque Nacional Cayembe Coca. You can arrange a taxi in Quito to go there. This will cost you between $90 and $125 for a return (including waiting) and this price depends on your bargain skills. The thermal baths are open daily from 6 am to 9 pm. The entrance fee is $7,50 per person. If your driver needs directions, get them here.
If you want to have some activity before enjoying the hot baths, next to the thermal park you can do a walk. There is an easy walk along the river, which will take about one hour. You have to pay a $2 fee for this. More walks are possible but they will take several hours and you have to take a guide for $10.
Parque la Carolina (1-3 hrs)
You can just hangout here do a lot of sports like biking, running, skateboarding, ecua-volley, which is an Ecuadorian variation of volleyball, or rent a water bike. The park is open 24 hours a day and the entrance is free of course.
Taking a taxi in Quito
For your safety, always take a yellow taxi with orange number plate, as these are the official metered taxis.
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