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This historic district was the first city named a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is noted for its narrow streets, Spanish colonial architecture and historic attractions.
Quito, Ecuador
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 16 March 2010

Plaza de Independencia (the main square) is the perfect place to start a tour of historical Quito. Radiating from this core are assorted whitewashed buildings bordering narrow cobblestone streets and lovely parks. The shop signs in the surrounding streets are all small and written in...More

16  Thank eyeownatravel
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 24 February 2012

An elderly couple at our hostel had an unfortunate incident in the historical centre near Gran Plaza. They had human excrement thrown on them from above. Apparently not a small amount either. Immediately someone offered to "help" them saying there were toilets nearby. They were...More

8  Thank JosephineSalvador
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Of course while here you must do a city tour, we found it fun and informative, we visited local markets and restaurants to small coffee shops. Enjoyed the culture.

Thank eerzaweepieanbovril
Reviewed 2 days ago

Walking around the area one can get a sense of the history in the buildings. The designs are amazing and are standing the test of time. A must see place when in town.

Thank sandyzinkowski
Reviewed 4 days ago

Given the mess created by the combination of small streets and too many vehicles, it may take awhile to finally get to the old town of Quito. But its definitely worth it. The architecture is a great example of colonial New World thinking. High ceilings,...More

Thank Troy M
Reviewed 4 days ago

Old Quito is filled with amazing colonial buildings, great museums and churches, and colourful, lively street life!

Thank Graeme C
Reviewed 5 days ago

In the old town, you will see the central square, which is stately, and there is a lot of beautiful colonial-era architecture throughout the area. Be prepared for a lot of walking, much uphill. It's worth your time to just wander around and look at...More

Thank Sheryl S
Reviewed 5 days ago

Walking through the Old Town was a feast for the eyes for architectural enthusiasts. One can't help but admire how these old buildings were preserved. Even the hotel Cantuna we stayed at in the heart of Historical town was an old Nunnery, intact with a...More

Thank mary anne t
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the best area of the city. so many nooks and crannies to explore, and many meals to enjoy! The people watching can't be beat!

Thank nbh
Reviewed 1 week ago

Who would have happened ? We visitedbbjg old Quito, and it was everything that our guide anticpatied "

Thank 112traveler47
Reviewed 1 week ago

The old city has many beautiful churches and other historic buildings. I saw police officers everywhere and felt safe when walking and exploring. On Sunday they closed one of the squares to auto traffic and families came by riding their bicycles. Taxis are easily available....More

Thank mariadS3609FM
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We totally enjoyed wandering around Quito’s historic centre listening to street music, people watching, and discovering great places to eat (see my review of Plaza Cafe Grande). There are plenty of churches to step into to fine quiet or just rest.

Thank Intrepid_Pursuit
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Iosoilde D
26 January 2018|
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Response from michaelayala | Reviewed this property |
There is a church in every block in old town. Most of them have wonderful art inside. They usually open for service and they usually have a sign at the door for the open hours for tourists.
10 September 2016|
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Response from MakeEcuador | Reviewed this property |
The tour bus has a route specified by the city of Quito. You can take the city tour in the morning or at night. The points of sale is in Boulevar Naciones Unidas | Address: Av. Naciones Unidas y Shyris, La Carolina’s park... More
Raxit S
1 June 2016|
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Response from Mavonny | Reviewed this property |
Very sorry Raxit; have been busy since returning from S.America and didn't see your question. Hope you had a great time! Alan