This tour is for experts at avoiding tourist traps, revolt at overprice insipid food, and those who couldn’t bare leaving a city not really sure about what they just saw. Quito is brimming with secrets, but a tapioca rendition worried about grappling with its complex history is going to leave out all the juicy good parts. While you will see many of the usual stops in the Historic Center, I’ll break down their significance in Quito’s 500 year struggle over its identity. Starting at the Panecillo, we will look at the loaded meaning behind its name. Walking north from the Plaza of San Francisco, we’ll talk about drama more complex than even the tale that it was built by the devil. Stopping at the Compania ($4.00), I’ll explain why, even though it's one of the most visited sites in Ecuador, few people know the complicated story of how it got there. In the Plaza Grande we will go over the difficult process of creating a nation state and highlight the key woman who made it possible. There will be a moment for international award winning chocolate. At the National Basilica ($2.00), we will both take awesome selfies and talk about how it is a powerful metaphor of a failed theocratic state. We’ll finish with a great lunch with a beautiful view where you can ask me where to find the best beer, nightlife, vegan food and anything else that comes to mind.
Hi, I’m Jim. Here in Ecuador, people call me Jaime. As some people have nightmares about tests or paying off student loans, my deepest fear is to bore an audience. Rest assured, with me I will bring you every tantilating piece of gossip, harrowing tale of triumph over impossible odds, and the drama of the past that set the stage for the conflicts of the present. Using my Master’s in International Development and the stories I collected over my three years living in Ecuador, I create immersive experiences for tourists and student groups. My Quitena wife, who hosts groups herself, is an incredible source of insight, inspiration, and healthy competition. Quito has captured my imagination since moving here. I can't wait to share with you all the secrets and tales I've learned.
I know some great places from hidden views overlooking the plaza to great beer and pizza. I'll cover lunch ($5) and drinks…
If you are someone who consumes alcohol, you have to try a canelazo while your in Quito. For those who don't, their will be…
Most of the tour will be on foot, but to avoid any uncomfortable encounters leaving El Panecillo, we will take a taxi. Its…
After we meet up, we will start up on the Panecillo where Quito’s iconic apocalyptic Virgin sits. From there we will take a taxi down to the Plaza de San Francisco. Going over the history and architecture, we will walk north along the Street of Seven Crosses. We will stop inside the Jesuit Compania de Jesus, stroll over to the Plaza Grande, grab a bite of chocolate and head up to the National Basilica. We will finish with lunch over a plaza
I'm excited to explore Quito with you! Bring some pocket change in case we come across something you want to eat or wear. The weather in the mountain changes from moment to moment and the sun will burn you faster than on the beach. Bring layers, an umbrella and sunscreen. Can't wait!
Rebel Tour of Quito for the Curious