Everything in Quito is within walking distance, so take time to wander through its magnificent streets, especially in the Old Town, peeping into darkened shops selling delightful hats and sumptuous chocolates (Ecuador produces fine and superior quality chocolate, due to its tropical climate), before pausing for a light bite on a street corner to savour a delicious corn on the cob with cheese that residents of Quito have enjoyed for generations. Maybe a tour of San Francisco is what you desire? Organised by Casa Gangotena and hosted by a Franciscan monk, explore the beautiful Church and Convent of San Francisco, climbing winding staircases and into towers normally only accessed by bell ringers and the choir for a unique insight into this most iconic religious building.
Culture & History
The history of Quito is rich and truly fascinating, dating back to the Incas. Quito was the Inca's northern capital until, in 1534, the Spanish conquistadors entered the city and set out to change the hearts and minds of the local population. Centuries of Colonial rule led to the development of Quito's stunning architecture, including the historic mansion, Casa Gangotena. In 1978, Quito received the first ever UNESCO World Heritage Site city status for having the best and largest preserved historic centre in the Americas. Discover why during a trip to Quito's 'Old Town', packed full of Colonial monuments and architectural treasures.
Casa Gangotena has partnered with Pakari, one of Ecuador's most highly-regarded exporters of fine Ecuadorian chocolate, to launch its own line of chocolate bars. Happily, chocolate-tasting sessions can be arranged!