Day 1: Transfer Airport / Hotel
Day 2: Breakfast. 1914 Original trolley city tour of Quito Northern and south Hemisphere Experience in the Middle of the World.
We will visit the historic center, the largest and best preserved in South America, in one of our original trolleys, which are a replica of the trams that circulated in Quito in the last century.
Visit to the Basilica del Voto Nacional Church, where we will make a brief stop during which the passengers will be able to climb up to its high domes, to later move towards the Panecillo viewpoint, an iconic place in the city, renowned for its beauty, and where is a giant statue of the ""Winged Virgin"", where you can admire a beautiful landscape of colonial and modern Quito. Later we will continue to the Plaza de San Francisco, one of the representative places of the city and full of history, from where we will walk to the Plaza Grande, historical and political center of the city, surrounded by innumerable attractions including: the Cathedral, the Palace of Government, the Archbishop's Palace and the La Compañía church.
We continue our tour meeting the traditional La Ronda neighborhood, in whose romantic setting we can find workshops where our visitors will learn with a group of authentic artisans, how their works are elaborated,
and trades of yesteryear that keep alive the cultural traditions of this charming city. (Entrance to churches are not included).
We will stop at the “Zona Rosa” of the city, approximately an hour and a half to have free time for lunch (not included), and later we continue with our excursion “Northern and south Hemisphere Experience in the Middle of the World”.
We go to the ""Middle of the World City"", where you can see the monument that divides the northern hemisphere from the southern hemisphere of the planet. It was built during the XVII century when a French Expedition defined the precise location of the equatorial line that divides the world and it is a must-see place for those who visit Quito. Includes entrance to the Middle of the World complex ,where you can live experiences that defy the laws of physics and occur only in this part of the world. After visiting this privileged place and registering it in your passport, you will always see Ecuador and the Middle of the World in a different way.
Day 3: Breakfast. Free Day.
At night Urban Legends of Quito at night
We begin in the northern part of the city with a tour along the most important commercial areas, where you can find most of Quito's hotels and nightlife. Then we head to the historic center to admire the spectacle of thechurches and historic buildings illuminated and its main tourist attractions. (Tickets not included).
The tour continues to the Mirador del Panecillo, recognized for its beauty, where you can delight with a beautiful view of colonial and modern Quito.
During the tour, you can get to know the people who live in this city better, you will be able to recognize them by their way of speaking, thinking, and to visit our city, as our guide will tell you about urban legends that are part of the history of Quito and that are a tradition and the cultural heritage of the people of Quito (Wednesday to Saturday)
At the end of the tour, passengers may choose optionally for one of the recommended night entertainment places, or to diner in one of our recommended restaurants (return to the hotel, by the passenger).
Day 4: Breakfast. Excursión full day (Otavalo or Cotopaxi National Park Quilotoa ), day of operation based.
Sumerge into Ancestral Otavalo Culture (Tuesday & Saturday): Departure from our designated hotels in Quito through the Pan-American North Highway until arriving to Cayambe, where the passengers will have the opportunity to taste the delicious “Bizcochos de Cayambe”, a type of cracker or bread baked in a clay oven (greatly paired with local cheese or caramel sauce). After admiring Lake San Pablo, we will arrive at the Otavalo Market, the largest in America, where the indigenous people of the area, known as ""Otavalos"", one of Ecuador's most recognized ethnic groups, make and sell their textiles and handicrafts.
Passengers may choose between to stay in this area and enjoy more time from the market and our bus will pick them up at the end of the tour (they will not have the visit to Cotacachi and Cuicocha), or continue with the journey to the town of Cotacachi, recognized for leather clothing and crafts. On the way to Cotacachi, we will visit an andean instrument workshop ""Ñanda Mañachi"" located in the area of Peguche, to spend some special moments with the local people and understand the Andean culture.
In Cotacachi you have enough time to visit the village, the shops of leather goods and free time for lunch, (not included).
Later we will visit the Ecological Reserve where the Cuicocha lagoon is located, inside the crater of the Cotacachi Volcano, which originated after a volcanic explosion thousands of years ago. And if the weather permits it will be possible to make a walk by the lagoon, that is to say sailing in the crater of the volcano in small boats (with additional cost).
- Bus will wait for 10 minutes in Otavalo to pick up passangers that stayed there, and after that will return to Quito and their respective hotels or starting point.
Feel the Andes Volcanoes Adventure (Cotopaxi & Quilotoa Volcanoes) (Thursday): Departure early in the morning from from our designated hotels, through the Panamerican Highway admiring the diverse ecosystems of the route, as a clear sign of the majesty of the Andes. We continue to the Cotopaxi National Park, arriving at the foot of the impressive active volcano.
Visit the Museum Park, the Limpiopungo Lagoon and through an interesting hike will reach the forest of chuquirahuas to 4200 meters. (if the weather permits).
We reach the Quilotoa Volcano, which has in its crater a stunning turquoise lagoon, making it one of the most beautiful and photographed landscapes of Ecuador.
We take a short hike to appreciate the magnificent view of the volcano (if weather conditions allow).
Free time for lunch (not included). Return to Quito in the afternoon
- Not included: entrance to the Cotopaxi National Park.
Day 5: Breakfast. Transfer to the airport.