Quito Exclusive Tour
“The best of Quito in 5 days!!!”
Tour duration: 4 nights
Prices from: US$1204 per person
Tour code: 166GTGR
Quito is the capital city of Ecuador, and at an elevation of 2,850 metres (9,350 ft) above sea level, it is the highest official capital city in the world. It is located in the Guayllabamba river basin, on the eastern slopes of Pichincha, an active volcano in the Andes mountains. The historic center of Quito has one of the largest, least-altered and best-preserved historic centres in the Americas. A monument and museum marking the general location of the equator is known locally as la mitad del mundo (the middle of the world), to avoid confusion, as the word Ecuador is Spanish for equator.
Data Base: Wikipedia
- AIRPORT PICK UP
On arrival at Quito Airport, you will be assisted and transferred to your Hotel. Overnight in Quito.
- QUITO CITY TOUR
After breakfast, your tour begins visiting the Quito`s downtown area, one of the biggest in South America. Our first point is the oldest street of the city, La Ronda that used to be the home of musicians, poets and politics back in time. Here you will discover the traditions of the city by stepping into the gastronomic capsule, and you will have an explanation of the different local spices that are used for the typical Ecuadorian gastronomy. Continuing your journey, you will visit the house of handicrafts made of metal and wood. Most of the furniture is made by hand. Afterwards you are going to la Ronda and Independence Square. It is surrounded by important historical buildings. Also, you will visit the Cathedral (XVI Century), the Presidential Palace, El Sagrario Church (XVII Century), and La Compañia de Jesus (XVII Century), one of the most beautiful baroque churches in South America. Then, you will see the Church of San Francisco and Monastery, built a few months after the arrival of the Spaniards (XVI Century). Finally, our guide will drive to the viewpoint at the Panecillo hill, where is located the virgin of Quito. It is the unique winged virgin of the world. You will have a wonderful view over the city and the surrounding mountains and volcano. Afterwards, you’ll be taken to 30 km north of Quito, towards the Middle of the World where the equatorial line divides the northern and southern hemispheres. You will visit the main monument built in honor of the French scientific expedition that arrived in Ecuador in the XVIII century to determine the correct location of the equator line. Here you will have the opportunity to visit the Ethnographic Museum, located inside the Equator Monument, which displays the main cultures of Ecuador or visit the Inti Ñan Museum, a scientific and cultural museum, located in the exact crossing of the Equator Line. Return to your hotel. Overnight in Quito. FREE NIGHT
- OTAVALO INDIGENOUS MARKET TOUR
After breakfast, our guide will drive north towards Imbabura, “the lakes” – Province. You will enjoy an exciting trip by tasting exotic fruits in the Guayabamba valley, cross the Equator Line at Cayambe where on a clear day, it is possible to admire its majestic snow-capped mountain (5,790 m.), the world´s highest point where the Equator Line crosses, and try its famous salt biscuits with leaf cheese. Continuing the tour, at the foot of Imbabura mountain you will see the picturesque view of Ecuador’s largest lake-San Pablo. Afterwards, you will visit the famous Otavalo Indian Market. It is the famous Indian market where vendors proudly offer a stunning variety of weavings – such as the famous ponchos – among other textiles like rugs, mittens and scarves. Local people compare the market with a rainbow due to the colours of the textiles exhibited. You can also find handcrafts, jewellery and other artisan work. After, you will know the peaceful village of Peguche, which is located just outside of Otavalo. There once was a time when the village was bustling with traffic and visitors, as a railway line used to run through the village. Now, the lines have been unused since the 1980s. There, you’ll find friendly locals, who make a living out of agriculture, as well as weaving. Return to your Hotel. Overnight in Otavalo. Free night.
- COTOPAXI NATIONAL PARK TOUR
After breakfast, our guide will drive you towards one of the world’s highest active volcanoes, Cotopaxi (5,897 mts). You will reach the entrance of Cotopaxi National Park. The Park is a protected area in Ecuador situated in approximately 50 km south of Quito. Our guide will drive through a pine forest to Limpiopungo lagoon, a glacial Andean lake located at 3,800 m, along the slopes of the magnificent Cotopaxi volcano. The volcano is located within its boundaries, together with two others: the dormant Rumiñawi volcano to its north-west and the historical Sincholagua volcano (last major eruption: 1877) to the south east. Cotopaxi is among the highest active volcanoes in the world; its last significant eruption took place in 1904. Then, If weather conditions allow, we will drive further to the parking lot located at 4,500 meters in order to hike up to the shelter at 4,800 meters. In the afternoon you will visit an Indigenous Market in this region, known for handcraft and traditional food. Afterwards you will be transferred to Quito. Return to your hotel. Overnight in Quito. Free Night.
- GOING BACK HOME
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Airport.
End of our services
• Return transfer to and from Airport.
• Accommodation in selected hotels
• Meals mentioned in the program
• Excursions mentioned in the program
• Private guidance during the mentioned excursions (English/ Spanish)
• Drinks and food not mentioned in the program
• Phone calls, laundry service, personal insurance
• Airport government taxes