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San Francisco Tour

Take a tour in the only double-decker bus in Quito. On the tour, you will discover hidden details and secrets of our city, and our guides will tell you legends and stories of the capital city.

Saturdays

Duration
3 hours

Easy activity

Pickup 17h30

English and Spanish

What you'll do

We invite you to visit the Franciscan complex, a jewel of continental architecture for its harmonious combination of styles throughout its more than 150-year construction.

On this tour, you can enter the unique places of this convent at night and enjoy one of the best views from its towers.

Itinerary

17h30

Beginning

Departures form Naciones Unidas Boulevard (Av. Shyris & Av. Naciones Unidas)
How to get

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17h30

We will start the tour on board  the only double-decker bus in Quito.

SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM

Visit the exhibition at the San Francisco Museum, where you can see more than 250 heritage works of Quito art. You can walk through its corridors at night and cross the courtyard of the Museum Cloister.

Museo San Francisco Quito

VILLACÍS CHAPEL

Visit the Villacís Chapel, it is a jewel of 17th-century Quito baroque architecture, which shines not only for its artistic structure but also for the evident purpose of its author, Commissioner Francisco de Villacís, of wanting to perpetuate itself in time with the construction of this Chapel and mortuary vault for him and his heirs. During the visit you can enter the ossuary or catacomb of the Villacis family.

Capilla de Villacís

CHORUS OF THE CHURCH OF SAN FRANCISCO

We will go up to the Church Choir, one of the most mystical and relaxed places in the Franciscan Convent of Quito. Inside, the tubular organ where the anthem to Quito was composed stands out, and it’s lavish Mudejar-style coffered ceiling in which you can observe the universe on the ceiling.

Coro de San Francisco en Quito

SAN FRANCISCO TOWERS

Enjoy the best view from the towers of San Francisco, the current towers were inaugurated in 1893. On their pinnacles there are two images that belong to two important saints for the Franciscan community of Quito. In the north tower is Saint Francis of Assisi, patron of the Order; in the south tower, San Pablo, patron of the Franciscans of this Convent of Quito.

From here you have a 360-degree view of the city of Quito, we invite you to take the best photographs.

Torres de San Francisco

LA CAPILLA RESTAURANT

Our last stop is at the La Capilla restaurant, where we will taste a delicious canelazo and if you wish you can taste the local cuisine. On the tour you have a waiting time but if you want to have dinner you can stay at the Chapel to enjoy the night and then they will help you take a safe taxi for your return.


At the Capilla Restaurant enjoy the best view of San Francisco and we recommend trying the empanada cart, the delicious Seco de Chivo, the mote con chicharrón, contact this number for reservations: 093 9120 606

The bus returns to United Nations Boulevard and we will make a stop at the CCI.

We are waiting for you on our secret tour of Quito.

La Capilla Restaurant

Returning to the Naciones Unidas Boulevard.

We are waiting for you on our secret tour of Quito.

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Indications
The San Francisco Tour includes
  • Double decker bus tour
  • San Francisco Museum entrance
  • San Francisco towers entrance
  • Canelazo, hot drink at La Capilla Restaurant
Not included
  • Food
  • Tips
Location
Recent travelers reviews
cathguii_
cathguii_
2024-01-16
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Buena opcion El recorrido fue bueno, el guia muy amigable. Lo mas importante es que podiamos quedarnos en cualquier punto para visitarlo mas a fondo y despues tomabamos el siguiente bus para seguir con el recorrido. No es tan buena idea ir los domingo porque algunos lugares estan cerrados aunque no tiene nada que ver con el recorrido del bus lo pueden tomar en cuenta.
Eric W
Eric W
2024-01-15
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Quilatoa Tour with Irene This is an absolutely amazing tour, partially because of the great Quilatoa lagoon and hike, but also because of our outstanding tour guide, Irene, who is extremely knowledgeable and fills the time with very satisfying facts about food, indigenous practices, indigenous language, etc. The visit to the indigenous household was mind alteringly beautiful and life affirming. What an exceptional day! The hike is very steep to Quilatoa, on the way back, but there’s a horse option if you are not up for it.
Yoany Andres A
Yoany Andres A
2024-01-15
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Tour a Cotopaxi Excelente acompañamiento y Guia para El Cotopaxi, acompañados por Irene la cual nos hizo muy agradable el tour, la alimentación estuvo deliciosa. En definitiva una excelente opción para conocer los lugares emblemáticos de Quito
Torch H
Torch H
2024-01-14
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One of the best tours I’ve been on. This was such a great experience and a great way to start our Ecuador trip. We had Adrian and Ivan as our guide and driver. They were so great. Adrian really took care of us and made sure we got great pictures before crowds and took us to many gems. We saw a waterfall and got to experience the indigenous people of Ecuador and their way of life. I’m so glad I took this tour. They really care about their guest and you see their passion about sharing their culture with visitors. I highly recommend this tour and if you can, get Adrian and Ivan.
Jesús D
Jesús D
2024-01-13
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Amazing opportunity! Amazing opportunity to merge with nature, disconnect yourself form the daily routine and start a new year full of cardio 🤣😉. Special thanks to our guide Jessy and our driver Jhon 🫰🏻 wouldn't have been the same without you guys!
Xudong G
Xudong G
2024-01-12
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Reached the highest point ever in my life Our guide is really nice and explained a lot of the nature and culture here. The trip to Cotopaxi is challenging but definitely worth it.
Trent R
Trent R
2024-01-12
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Amazing time Amazing sites seen and amazing tour guide Joseph! I would love to come back in the future to do more tours with them! I would definitely recommend this trip!
mala k
mala k
2024-01-10
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Fun way to get acquainted with the city. It’s a fun way to acquaint with the city and has a live guide as opposed to a recording. The bus stops at all the important sightseeing stops with the option of picking the ones you want.
mala k
mala k
2024-01-10
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Fun filled day trip with multiple activities. Fantastic tour with a knowledgeable guide - it was a fun experience including visiting an indigenous family, an art gallery and a fun but tough hike down the crater. Weather was perfect and allowed an amazing view of the lake.
María Isabel P
María Isabel P
2024-01-10
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Guía excepcional Nuestra guía fue Irene, fue increíble la experiencia con ella, sabe mucho de la cultura, del pasado y amplía la Informacion cuando se le preguntaba. Lo recomendamos mucho, gracias Irene.
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