QUITO CHURCH RUN – 9KFrom: €44.00
GO! Running Tours Quito offers you the chance to run in the second highest capital city in the world. Its Colonial Centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. During Incan times the city witnessed the strength and stamina of the running messengers, the Chasquis.
Take the opportunity to run with us and avoid being stuck in the traffic aboard a city tour bus. The best way to feel the pulse of the city is with your own two feet!
Our runs will take you through the narrow streets of the majestic colonial centre of the city, the artistic and the upbeat neighborhood, the parks and the surrounding trails up the hills and mountains. Whatever your fitness level and interests are, we got you covered!
Perched on a high plateau in the slopes of the Pichincha Volcano at 2,800 meters above sea level and overlooking the Andean valleys below, Quito stands as a city full of history and tradition. The birthplace of Ecuador’s dreams for independence as well as the location for the final confrontation to materialize this dream, Quito has been coveted by the different empires that ruled over this land throughout the years.
Before the Incas conquered the city, it was home to the Quitus, the ethnic group from which Quito takes its name. Later on, during the Inca domination, Quito was the capital city of the northern part of the empire. In the sixteenth century it was conquered by the Spanish conquistadors, not before being burned to the ground by the Inca general who was finally defeated. Over the ruins left by the Incas, the Spanish built a new city that blended European architecture and art with their Indigenous counterparts and the majestic Andean landscape.
Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978, its colonial centre is one of the most extensive and best preserved in Latin America. Churches such as La Compañía, Santo Domingo and San Francisco, as well as monasteries like Convento de La Merced and San Agustín are just a few of the architectural and artistic gems that fully represent the Baroque School of Quito, which was developed by the clash of cultures.
Night life in Quito is mostly easy going. The city offers great restaurants and bars with excellent local and fusion cuisine. Ecuadorian soups are a must eat dish. The variety is amazing! Many micro-breweries have sprung up in the past few years as well. Some of them use local fruits and herbs to give their beer a very interesting twist.
The weather and the people of Quito have been shaped by the mountains that surround it. Nights are cold and the days are filled with majestic views of the mountains, especially during the summer months (June through September). Running to the highest points and the edges of the city will give you a chance to see the mighty Andes that have shaped Ecuador’s capital.