Quito at Night

A beautiful way to get to know Quito is by exploring the city at night. Departing at 7pm, you’ll explore the historic center for two to three hours, visiting the church and square of San Blas, the Sucre Theatre, the El Carmen Bajo Convent and more. The city by night, with its colonial buildings and churches, makes for an unforgettable experience.


This tour includes

· A bilingual (English/Spanish) guide
· All entrance fees
· Private transportation
 

This tour does not includes

· Tips
· Any other service not mentioned herein
 

Made-to-Measure Travel

This itinerary is designed to give you an idea of the available options for a visit to Quito and the northern Andes. But keep in mind:

  • We can tailor this trip to suit your needs, tastes, time frame and budget
  • Every aspect of the itinerary can be modified, from the accommodation to the activities

Highlights

Quito
The Spanish-colonial historic center of Quito, capital city of Ecuador, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978 which has helped it invest in a complete make-over over the past decade. At 2850 meters above sea level it is the second highest capital city in the world. It is also one of the best-preserved historic city centers in the Americas. The old town is packed with architectural treasures, art-filled churches, colonial monuments and picturesque plazas, combined with the throbbing pulse of everyday life.
El Carmen Bajo Convent
The Convento del Carmen Bajo is a beautiful architectural treasure in the heart of Quito. The convent is run by the Carmelita nuns, who live a life of contemplation and spirituality. The convent was originally founded in 1669 in Latacunga but was destroyed in 1698. It was then rebuilt in Quito, only to be completed in 1745. Inside the convent you’ll get the chance to enjoy the sculptures and paintings of Magdalena Dávalos.
San Blas Church
The modest San Blas Church, or la Iglesias de San Blas, is located on the beautifully restored Plaza San Blas right at the entrance to downtown Quito. It was once a church for indigenous people and has historically been overlooked and rarely visited by foreigners. The church itself was completed in the early 17th century and is considered one of the oldest structures in Quito, designed by Jorge Guzman. There are some interesting artworks including Inmaculada, Virgen con el Niño, Cuadro de almas and the alter with its sculpture of San Blas. There is also gorgeous wooden cabinetry with floral and animal detail.
Sucre Theatre
The current location of the Teatro Sucre, also known as Teatro Nacional Sucre, was originally the Plazuela de las Carnicerías, the butchers plaza, and in the 1670s there were bull fights every Saturday. In 1786 it became a bullring. in the 1860s the post independence governments decided to abandon popular fiestas such as the bull fights, and started investing in other cultural activities. In 1867 the plaza was converted into a place for theatre and in 1879 the government decided to build a theatre, renaming the plaza Plaza del Teatro. Designed by the German Francisco Schmit, the theatre was completed in 1886 and used sporadically for many years. The architecture is reminiscent of opera houses of Europe, with a neoclassical facade popular at the time and it uses arches and columns throughout. There are Greek muses decorating the building and a baroque feel to the interior. The theatre deteriorated over many years until it was closed in 1996, and reopened after renovation work in 2004. Since then it has hosted all sorts of artists including Serrat, le Luthiers and Antonio Carreras. There is also a restaurant and wine bar.

Rates

Tour type # passengers Price (per person)
Private 1 $67
Private 2 $37
Private 3 $28
Private 4-6 $27
Private 7-26 $25