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Quito: Chocolate Lovers Tour

1. Quito: Chocolate Lovers Tour

Discover why Ecuador produces some of the best chocolate in the world and meet the chocolatiers that are revolutionizing the world of the cacao on this tour from Quito. Immerse yourself in the process and make your own hands-on chocolate. Learn about cacao's diverse personality by sampling some beverages, salty courses, spices, flowers, alcoholic drinks in a harmonious yet inventive way. Finish the tasting by enjoying some of the best Ecuadorian coffee and local wines.

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Quito: Street Food Essentials

2. Quito: Street Food Essentials

Begin your experience in Quito's main flea market, a hidden gem even for locals. Eat some of the best traditional dishes while understanding a classic working environment full of antiques and small treasures. Continue around the Basilica of the National Vow towards the eateries surrounding one of the oldest and most significant public schools, where most of the student's movements take place. Make your third stop in one of the busiest political areas, where the amount and quality of the eateries are beyond the imagination. Walk around beautiful street art toward the main park in downtown Quito, and get a glimpse of everyday life, national sports, and some of the most representative street eateries in town. As your first bites digest, stroll to the most mind-blowing stop to savor the most delicious culinary scene in the country: seafood from Manabí (famous for its inventive, resourceful, and truly unique food). Then, continue your pleasant walk and find your way to one of the favorite markets in town, a gastronomic paradise showcasing the natural abundance of Ecuador. Finish the journey with quality hand-made chocolate, the icing on the cake of Quito's top flavors. You can choose to take a regular shared or private walking tour, with or without pickup and drop-off.

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Quito: City Highlights and Food Tour

3. Quito: City Highlights and Food Tour

Explore Quito, the oldest capital in South America, from all of its angles. Get to know the main historical plazas, buildings, churches and parks. Admire downtown's colonial architecture with its mix of 19th century and modern style buildings. Get away from the main sites and explore lesser-known gems, like the main flea market in town, where you'll understand another side of every day local life. Explore a top food market, while eating traditional Ecuadorian cuisine favoured by the locals. Finish the journey sampling some of the best chocolate and coffee from the hands of a top chocolatier.

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Mindo-Ziplining, Equator Museum and Chocolate Factory

4. Mindo-Ziplining, Equator Museum and Chocolate Factory

Mindo is a mountain area watershed or landmark located at the western side of the Ecuadorian Andes, where two of the most bio-diverse ecoregions in the world meet, the Chocoan lowlands and the Tropical Andes. This private tour is recommended for all types of adventurous travelers. Below you’ll find the standard itinerary. As this is a private tour you can modify it to your own preferences. You can choose between a chocolate tour in Mindo, tubing in the river (cold water!), a butterfly tour, a tour at the Inti Nan museum and much more! Hotel pickup and drop-off is included. All hours are approximate, except for the starting time. 7:00 AM Pickup at the hotel in Quito and start driving to Mindo 9:30 AM Coffee and delicious brownie at chocolate factory Quetzal (chocolate tour optional) 11:00 AM Canopy tour (10 lines) 1:00 PM Lunch at a local restaurant 4:00 PM Visit to the Intiñan museum, located 200 meters from the Middle of the World (equator) 6:00 PM Back in Quito

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From Quito : 2-Day Mindo Excursion with Lodging

5. From Quito : 2-Day Mindo Excursion with Lodging

Discover the evergreen wilderness and spectacular natural diversity of the Andes’ western slope. Day 1: Depart Quito in the early morning and visit El Pahuma Orchid Reserve for a 1-hour hike to the waterfalls. Stop off at the Alambi Reserve to take photos inside the hummingbird garden. Enjoy lunch in Mindo, and take advantage of free time in the afternoon to explore the city on your own. Spend the night at a hotel in Mindo. Day 2: Wake up to a relaxing breakfast at the hotel before you start your day. Choose from a variety of activities to participate in at your own expense, including river tubing, ziplining, rappelling, or visiting the butterfly farm. Return to Quito at the end of the day.

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Papallacta: Private Tour from Quito

6. Papallacta: Private Tour from Quito

Enjoy a relaxed day in the Andes. You will start your journey driving to the north of Quito, through beautiful mountains (over 4.000 meters). After one hour, you will arrive at the village of Papallacta, where you will stop for a hot chocolate and a snack. Then, you will make a hike (1.5 hours) around the Papallacta river, where you may spot Andean bears and birds. Afterwards, you can relax in the hot volcanic pools of Papallacta. The open air thermal pools have various benefits. Due to its minerals, these waters will help you to gently exfoliate your skin and relax your body. Enjoy additional services such as facials, massages and aroma therapy (with extra cost). After this, you will have lunch at a local restaurant and will return back to Quito, to visit the local handicraft market. Itinerary 8:00 AM: Pickup at hotel in Quito and start driving to Papallacta9:30 AM: Hot chocolate in Papallacta11:00 AM: Hike around the Papallacta river12:30 PM: Enjoy the open air thermal baths of Papallacta3:00 PM: Lunch at a local restaurant5:00 PM: Visit local handicrafts market “Mercado Artesanal” in Quito (optional)6:00 PM: Back at hotel in Quito Note: All hours are approximate, except for the starting time.

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What people are saying about Pichincha

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This was such a fun and up-close way to get to see many of the different neighborhoods in Quito, including some more traditional tourist spots as well as some spots that only locals would know. Ernesto and Nico were my guides and they were so friendly and provided a lot of background information and history. Not to mention, the food was amazing! I would recommend starting this tour on an empty stomach, as you will definitely get more than enough food. I would also suggest bringing a backpack to carry raincoat/water bottle, and wear shoes that you don’t mind getting wet. On our few hours of walking we experienced both bright sunshine and pouring rain. Ernesto did call us a car at one point so we wouldn’t have to walk in the downpour. I will definitely recommend this to my friends who are visiting Quito!

Great introduction to the area

Our guide was Guillermo and I thoroughly enjoyed our trip to Papallacta with him. This was our first excursion in Ecuador and he explained many things about the people, the government, the economy, the lifestyles, the language....all in very conversational tones. His English was very good and he even let me practice some Spanish with him. My Spanish is far worse than his English! We did not see any wildlife like I was hoping but overall it was a great introduction to the area. I felt safe and well attended.

Nicholas was such an excellent guide, knowledgeable, personable, and a lot of fun. The food choices were excellent and varied. I'd absolutely do it again!

an absolute amazing experience and would definitely recommend to everyone I know who would come through Quito! best guide and couldn’t be happier!

Nico was an incredible guide who knows so much about Quito's history and the local food scene. This tour is a must!