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¡Qué Viva La Tola!
Stroll the ancient streets of La Tola, a not-oft-explored neighborhood in Quito’s centuries-old Historic Center alongside your trilingual, local guide, Jacquie.
Highlights of this day trip include:
- Walk the city streets like a local
- Visit places that are part of Quito’s Cultural Heritage of Humanity
- Meet local entrepreneurs, artisans, and restaurateurs
- Try different kinds of chicha, a fermented, corn-based beverage
- Enjoy traditional Andean cuisine served with a gorgeous view
Immerse in Barrio La Tola with a Dedicated Guide
Mission and Purpose
This tour connects tourists with entrepreneurs, artisans, and restaurateurs working to restore and maintain local traditions in their neighborhood.
Jacquie hopes to support the following UN Sustainability goals:
- No poverty
- Decent work and economic growth
- Reduced inequalities
- Sustainable cities and communities
- Responsible consumption and production
Quito, Ecuador is located at an altitude of 9,350′. Therefore, it is important to prepare for your visit by being well-hydrated and in good physical condition. For more information, please see our article on high altitude travel.
The La Tola neighborhood is hilly and the walk will include some inclines. Wear comfortable shoes and be prepared to walk about 1.5 miles in total.
While the climate in Quito has been unpredictable in recent years, the driest months on average are June-August, the wettest months are March-April, and the other months are in between.
Quiteños plan for four seasons in every day – therefore, we recommend dressing in layers. Some people prefer carrying an umbrella to wearing a raincoat. Locals will often just put a plastic bag over their hat and continue on their way unless there is a huge downpour. Then, they will congregate in the nearest, protected location. This is to say that the tour will not be cancelled for inclement weather.
Our overall pace will be relaxed with plenty of time to take photographs and visit with locals. Our mantra for the day will be “live in the moment.”
When to go
This trip is available year-round.
This tour does not include overnight accommodations.
Health and Safety
We do our best to make your trip as enjoyable as possible. That means taking your health and safety into account. If you have a particular concern, please let us know!
While it is possible for new variants of Covid-19 to occur, our partners and their staff will mask while in close proximity to others, particularly indoors. We ask that you and your party also mask, especially with others.
For the latest updates on Covid-19 in Ecuador, please visit the US State Department website.
• An trilingual, nationally licensed Tour Guide (French, English, Spanish)
• Private ground transportation from pick-up to drop-off.
• Tasting menu of different Andean specialty dishes to include chicha, a fermented beverage made from corn.
• All entrance fees to the locations listed in the itinerary.
What’s Not Included?
• Optional tip for exemplary service to your host and tour guide.
• Optional tips for exemplary service to staff at restaurants
- Beverages apart from the chicha-tasting.