♦ HOLY PLACES, LESS VISITED: Once you have delighted in seeing the city’s grandest churches, La Compania de Jesus and San Francisco, head for the Metropolitan Cathedral; visit a particular joy from the 18th century, the Church and Monastery of Carmen Bajo, a complex housing folklore and artwork of popular culture, and Santo Domingo Church and Convent, exquisitely painted murals on interior walls, enriched by beautiful sculpture and paintings of the Quiteno school of art. The San Diego Church, Convent and Museum faces the famous San Diego cemetery—the oldest and most beautiful, then enjoy the Basilica del Voto Nacional, the tallest church in Quito, with armadillo gargoyles and spectacular views from its spires.
♦ HOP-ON HOP- OFF BUS is the newest way to tour Quito, offering single-ticket city touring at one’s own pace, getting off and on as often as you like. Starting point is Naciones Unidas Blvd. near Carolina Park and many malls. From here enjoy hassle-free double-decker transportation with 11 stops at the most important attractions and landmarks; choose to get off and back on with the same ticket throughout the day. Ticket cost of $15 includes services of a professional operator and driver, as well as audio-guide (English and Spanish) with headsets.