For a panoramic introduction to the city, this tour starts in the modern section of Quito and then continue towards the city's historic district. You will see the Independence Square, flanked by the Presidential Palace, the Cathedral, the Archbishop´s Palace and City Hall and stroll past El Sagrario Church to marvel at the exquisite stone facade of La Compañía Church. Visit San Francisco church, built over the ruins of the Inca Palace in the 16th Century and ride up the road to the top of Panecillo or the Itchimbia hills for a breathtaking view of Quito. Private tours will also include a visit to either the Metropolitan Cultural Center, the home of former philanthropist Maria Augusta Urrutia, or the Wax Museum.
We then conclude with a visit to the Quito's Teleferico cable car system, which begins at 9,680 ft and reaches 13,284 ft. Teleferico is located on Cruz Loma, one of the hills on the slopes of the active Pichincha volcano that lies west of the city. From the city, 18 cabins with a capacity of 6 passengers each climb 3,600 ft in 8 minutes. The cable cars reach the moorlands, allowing the passengers to observe the changing vegetation and the Andean highlands. Overlook the whole city of Quito and if the day is clear you can observe the surrounding volcanoes.
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