Routes Americas 2018

The route development forum for the Americas

Quito, Ecuador
13 - 15 February 2018

Complimentary Tours

Discover the delights of Quito's Historic Center on one of the following all-day tours. There are a limited number of spaces available, so book your place now to avoid disappointment.

Route 1: La Basilica Church

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Still awaiting completion, Basilica del Voto Nacional is the largest structure in Quito. Among its charms, including stain-glass windows and the rooftop's beautiful panoramic views, notice the gargoyles that emulate some of Ecuador's most emblematic specimens, including the iguana, caiman, Galapagos tortoise and Blue-footed Booby.

Heading straight to the Basilica after being picked-up from your hotel, you'll visit las Colaciones de la Cruz Verde sweet shop, the San Francisco Market, La Ronda's craft shops and Santo Domingo church. You'll also experience a spiritual cleanse, eat lunch at La Casona de la Ronda and enjoy a chocolate experience at El Quinde Vistors Center. 

  • Date and time options: Monday February 12th
  • Meeting point: Pick-up from hotel
  • Duration: From 8.30am until 6.30pm
  • Capacity: 20 spots available per session

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Route 2: La Ronda

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Hidden below Calles Guayaquil and Venezuela lies one of Quito's oldest streets. Between Puente de los Gallinazos (Vulture Bridge) and Tunel de la Paz (Peace Tunnel), La Ronda Street marked the end of the city in Colonial times. Here, Bohemian lifestyles lurked, poets were inspired and musicians found their muse. Some of Quito's most beloved songwriters serenaded its balconies, and some of the city's most heated intellectual arguments took place in its taverns. Today, an ambitious restoration project has turned it into a place to shop, drink, walk and meet local artisans. 

You'll visit this famous neighbourhood and enjoy traditional craft workshops and tasting sessions, followed by a visit to Carmen Alto Museum and the Cathedral's domes, lunch at Plaza Grande Hotel and a chocolate experience at the Cacao Museum.

  • Date & Time options: Monday, February 12th
  • Meeting Point: Pick-up from hotel
  • Duration: From 8.30am until 5.45pm
  • Capacity: 20 spots available per session

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Route 3: Itchimbia Park

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Relish the spectacular view of the dome-studded old town Quito, at the stunning Itchimbia Park. See the venue for our Networking Evening, Palacio de Cristal (Crystal Palace), designed by Gustave Eiffel (designer of the Eiffel Tower), which crowns the top of Itchimbía. Originally located in the Historic Center, the town council restored the structure of the market and moved it, piece by piece, to the Itchimbía Park. 

After your visit to Itchimbía viewpoint, you'll visit the San Marcos neighbourhood with Mediarte Cultural Managers and the Santa Catalina de Siena Monastery, have lunch at Octava de Corpus restaurant and enjoy a cooking class at Illa Hotel and paila ice cream experience at San Agustín convent.

  • Date & Time options: Monday, February 12th
  • Meeting Point: Pick-up from hotel
  • Duration: From 8.30am until 6.30pm
  • Capacity: 20 spots available per session

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Route 4: San Francisco Market

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After enjoying a ride on the cable car and discovering the wonders of the water museum, you will head out to Quito’s San Francisco market, where you’ll discover the city in its true element. The limpiadora (essentially a herb healer) will perform her spiritual cleansing process, “limpia”. This unique experience involves using herbs and flowers to cure angst, nervous tension, fear, insomnia and depression.

You'll also visit the Yaku water museum and the Estampería Quiteña. You'll enjoy lunch at El Cedrón restaurant, a tour through La Ronda's craft shops, ice cream tasting in Dulce Placer ice cream shop and an artistic performance at San Francisco convent.

  • Date & Time options: Monday, February 12th
  • Meeting Point: Pick-up from hotel
  • Duration: From 8.30am until 6.15pm
  • Capacity: 20 spots available per session

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Route 5: La Compania Church

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Experience Quito’s Historical Center from a completely different perspective, discovering its hidden secrets on board the open-top bus that runs along the street of the Seven Crosses. This street is full of religious temples and seven magnificent volcanic rock crosses from Cerro Pichincha. Visit the unique church Compañía de Jesús, an architectural treasure covered in gold leaf.

This tour includes a ride on the Quito Tour bus from Naciones Unidas Boulevard to the Contemporary Art Center, Quesadillas de San Juan experience, visit to Agustinas Monastery, panoramic tour through the Seven Crosses Street, lunch at Patio Andaluz hotel, visit to la Compañía de Jesús church, transfer to Recoleta de San Diego and guided tour with Quito Eterno.

  • Date & Time options: Monday, February 12th
  • Meeting Point: Pick-up from hotel
  • Duration: From 8.30am until 6.00pm
  • Capacity: 20 spots available per session

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Please note: Due to limited spaces, each delegate may participate in one tour only. Please only request your preferred tour option.