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Mindo Cloud Forest Small Group Tour from Quito

1. Mindo Cloud Forest Small Group Tour from Quito

Benefit from pickup at your hotel in Quito, and then get stunning views of the Andes Mountains as you drive north-west to the unique Hummingbird Garden. See 10 to 20 different species of hummingbirds, depending on the season or time of the day, and try local tropical fruits. Take a 1-hour walk into the cloud forest to admire the diverse flora and fauna up close. Look for endemic species of plants and animals found nowhere else on earth as you encounter a series of beautiful streams and waterfalls.  Reach the protected Mindo Cloud Forest Reserve to experience the astonishing beauty of one of the highest biodiverse sites in the world. Avail of all the activities at your own expense, such as a zip line across the forest canopy, or rappelling down rocks.

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Quito: 2 or 3-Day Tour to Baños with Cotopaxi & Quilotoa

2. Quito: 2 or 3-Day Tour to Baños with Cotopaxi & Quilotoa

Explore Baños, the adventure capital of Ecuador. Get to know stunning places such as Cotopaxi Volcano as well as the Quilotoa Lagoon - an unbelievable turquoise lake in the caldera of an active volcano. Once in Baños, enjoy a number of wonderful activities set against a beautiful backdrop of waterfalls and tropical greenery. This short tour makes for a great escape from Quito. Day 1 Get picked up from your hostel or hotel in Quito to begin the trip to Baños. Arrive at the Chuquiragua Lodge, and savor a delicious breakfast. Observe the stunning Cotopaxi Volcano, one of the country's most famous sights. Visit the Toachi River Canyon lookout point and the Shalala lookout point with some free time to enjoy the amazing landscape of Quilotoa Crater Lake. Depart for Baños and visit the famous "Swing at the End of the World" at La Casa del Árbol. Take in an amazing view of the gorgeous mountain landscapes. Enjoy a free evening to explore some of the local attractions. Feel free to visit the nearby thermal baths which gave Baños its name and go for a relaxing dip in these healing pools. Stay overnight in Baños.  Day 2 Spend the morning exploring Baños at your leisure. Then, get picked up at Juan Montalvo Park to begin the day's activities. Ride a cable car over the Pastaza River and experience 360-degree views of waterfalls, mountains, and beautiful jungle landscapes. Visit the stunning Devil's Cauldron (Pailón del Diablo) Waterfall. Return to Baños for free time. If you have chosen the 1-night option, prepare to return to Quito arriving by around 8:30 PM for drop off at your hotel/hostel. For the 2-night option, visit the San Martín Adventure Park for zip-lining, canopy walks, rock climbing, trekking and more. Full entry for all activities at the park is included for this option. Then enjoy a final free evening and overnight stay in Baños. Day 3 Have breakfast before heading out for the day. Spend the morning exploring Baños or taking part in one of the many exciting activities on offer. Options include city tours, quad bike rentals, canyoning, rafting and many more that you may purchase locally. Prepare to return to Quito arriving by around 8:30 PM for drop off at your hotel/hostel.

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From Quito: Cotopaxi National Park Full-Day Tour

3. From Quito: Cotopaxi National Park Full-Day Tour

Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in Quito in the morning, and then depart the city center and travel by air-conditioned vehicle towards Cotopaxi National Park. Enjoy stunning views of the snow-capped peaks of the Andes Mountains in the distance and the amazing flat lands surrounding the Cotopaxi Volcano. Upon arrival, visit the Interpretation Center to learn more about Ecuador's 2nd highest mountain peak and the Limpiopungo Lagoon. Hike through the surroundings of the Limpiopungo valley for approximately 3 hours, and climb from an altitude of about 3,890 meters above sea level to an elevation of about 4,500 meters. Take in the stunning vistas on clear days, and then enjoy lunch at a local restaurant, if option selected. Return to Quito and get dropped off at your hotel on arrival.

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From Quito: Antisana Volcano Small Group Tour

4. From Quito: Antisana Volcano Small Group Tour

Drive to visit the Antisana Volcano (19500 ft), the most impressive Andean mount near Quito and sanctuary of wild Andean condor and other birds. Drive along the foothills of the volcano in order to reach a small village. From there drive up to reach the entrance of Hacienda Antisana. On this part of the road you can visualize the magnificent basaltic gorge of the Antisana Volcano. Driving into the hacienda and visiting the wetlands, see some species of paramo (tundra plants at 12000 ft.) Here you stop to watch interesting Andean birds like the Caranculated Caracara and Black Headed Ibis.  You also have the chance to see Andean rabbits (Silvilagus Brasiliensis) and white tail deer (Oidecoileus Virginianus). You can hike there and see the glacier of Antisana. Then drive up to the Micacocha Lake where you have the chance to watch Andean gulls and speckled teals, typical birds of the Andean water systems.  Enjoy a little hike through the marvelous Andean areas to observe and recognize the Andean important flora species like the cushion plant, ranunculo plants, gentians, and others. If you are lucky, and if the weather conditions are good, you will see Andean Condor. In the afternoon, drive back to Quito.

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Mindo-Ziplining, Equator Museum and Chocolate Factory

5. 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 Cuenca: 4-Day Ecuador Exploration Tour

6. From Cuenca: 4-Day Ecuador Exploration Tour

Day 1: After getting picked up from your hotel in Cuenca, travel to Alausi, where you will have a litlle city tour and also you will admire beautiful Andean landscapes and watch an Andean music performance along the way. Afterward, break for lunch before beginning the journey to Riobamba. Stop along the way to visit Ecuador's oldest church and the beautiful Colta Lagoon, then you will visit the highest peak of Ecuador " Chimborazo 6300 meters". Spend the night at a hotel in Riobamba. Day 2: After breakfast, head to the charming city of Baños to admire a spectacular waterfall. Afterward, hop on a cable car and ride towards a viewpoint where you can enjoy a ride on the "swing at the end of the world". Return to Baños after your swing ride and get a good night's sleep before tomorrow's activities. Day 3: Today, visit Pujili and do a spot of shopping at the town's indigenous market, where you'll find everything from fresh fruit and vegetables to clothing. Later, visit Tigua, where a small indigenous community lives. Immerse yourself in the daily life and culture of this community before heading to Quilotoa Lake, which is often referred to as the most beautiful place in Ecuador. Here, enjoy a stroll around the edges of the lake or even take an optional donkey ride. Spend the night at a hotel in Quilotoa. Day 4: Rise early to travel to the Cotopaxi National Park, where you can go for a walk around the Limpiopungo Lake. If the weather is clear, admire panoramic views of one of the world's most active volcanoes. Afterward, travel to Quito where you will say goodbye to your guide and spend the evening exploring the city at your leisure. 

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From Quito: Cotopaxi Hiking and Biking Tour

7. From Quito: Cotopaxi Hiking and Biking Tour

This is the best way to discover the stunning landscapes of the Cotopaxi National Park. You will be collected from Quito and taken to the national park, to discover the world's highest active volcano. Once there, there will be plenty of options, including around a one-hour cycling descent, and hiking. You will see lots of fascinating wildlife on the tour, including wild horses, foxes and sometimes even Andean condors. Don't miss this opportunity to discover one of the gems of the Andes on a convenient day tour, including both hiking and mountain biking - it's a fun and easy way to see a famous national park.

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Quito: City Tour, Teleferico & Pichincha Volcano Hike

8. Quito: City Tour, Teleferico & Pichincha Volcano Hike

Departing from your Quito hotel, you'll embark on a journey that will let you discover some of Quito's top attractions. First, visit Panecillo Hill which allows for panoramic views of the city. Don't forget to bring your camera. The tour will then continue on to the Basilica Church, and to the San Juan Mirador from where you'll have a beautiful sight of Quito's colonial center.  Stroll through the colonial streets and get a glimpse at the old city's top attractions including Independence Plaza, the cathedral and the Government Palace. You'll also visit La Ronda Street, the Company Church, Santo Domingo Church, Sagrario Church and San Francisco Church. After visiting the historical site, head to Teleferico, Quito's famous cable car. This is one of the best ways to enjoy the city with views of beautiful valleys, snow-capped mountains and of the city itself. From a point at more than 4,100 meters (13,500 feet), you'll enjoy magnificent views, as well as embarking on a leisurely hike on top of the mountains. If you are already acclimatized, you can go for a walk to Rucu Pichincha volcano. This hike will take you through the typical Paramo (highland) vegetation of the Andes up to the rocky summit of Rucu Pichincha, which is a volcano basically made up of series of andesitic lava and is crowned by a sequence of subglacial gaps that form the youngest peaks of this building. The Rucu Pichincha 4698 meters, a volcano without activity, is located in the vicinity of the Ecuadorian capital. It is advisable to climb it to acclimatize, if you intend to climb other mountains. The Rucu Pichincha is undoubtedly the mountain near Quito of greater importance. Its name is due to the fact that it was the first crater of the Pichincha massif and therefore the oldest peak. "Rucu" which in Quichua means "old," is an extinct volcano whose activity culminated in the Pleistocene. From this time, it was intensely eroded by the ancient glaciers that have polished its slopes and have only left pointed rocky peaks. From the 4698 meters (15450 feet) high summit, you will have great sights on a clear day, with Quito down in the valley below you and the surrounding snow-capped volcanoes Cayambe, Antisana and Cotopaxi in the horizon. In the afternoon, you will return to Quito. 

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From Quito: Guided Volcano Tour in Antisana National Reserve

9. From Quito: Guided Volcano Tour in Antisana National Reserve

Kick things off in the morning when you’re picked up from your hotel in Quito. Then sit back and relax as you’re transported to Antisana Volcano, the most impressive Andean mountain in the Quito region and the sanctuary for a range of native Andean birds.  With your expert guide by your side, traverse the entrance of Hacienda Antisana located along the foothills of the volcano, and admire the magnificent basaltic gorge of the Antisana Volcano and its glacier. Along the way to the volcano, stop to visit the surrounding wetlands to spot some native páramo plants. Look out for a range of Andean birds in their natural habitat, like the Black Headed Ibis, and sight white-tailed deer roaming in the wild. Next, continue on to Micacocha Lake and look out for Andean gulls and speckled teals, birds native to the Andean water system. Finally, enjoy a short hike through the pristine Andean countryside and observe more local flora and fauna before being transported back to your hotel in Quito.

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From Quito: 4-Day Nature & Culture Tour

10. From Quito: 4-Day Nature & Culture Tour

Start your four-day Quito adventure with a visit to the Cotopaxi National Park where you can walk around Limpiopungo Lake and enjoy the scenery of one of the highest and most active volcanoes in Ecuador. The next day, explore the charming city of Baños to enjoy the famous Avenida de las Cascadas. Visit the Pailon del Diablo waterfall where you can try what’s known as the “swing at the end of the world.” Start the next day with a ride on an Ecuadorian train and enjoy the beautiful Andean landscape along the way. Travel south to Ingapirca, the most important archaeological complex in Ecuador, where you will learn about the Cañari and Incan cultures. Overnight in Cuenca, known as one of the most beautiful cities in Ecuador, which you can continue to explore the next day with a visit to the historic center, and Cajas National Park or Gualaceo and Chordeleg.

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What people are saying about Pichincha

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 30 reviews

Wonderful experience.. went on a private tour. We were picked up promptly at 8. Saw hummingbird farm on the way. Then went on a hike into the forest. That was a long way but enjoyed it. Then the best part was the 2 seater ropeway which went through the thick forest. Felt like we were flying over the forest. This was absolutely amazing ride , thrilling all the way. A must do for every traveler. Our guide was great. Communication was very good.

Our Baños guide Angel was phenomenal. He was hilarious, extremely knowledgeable, flexible, and full of excellent recommendations. The experience itself was one of a kind. Every activity was more exhilarating than the last. If you only have a few days to take in this gorgeous place, this is the tour for you!

This was such an amazing tour! David was amazing and took care of every need. He was an excellent driver and tour guide and I adore his family. He made the trip very memorable. Book this tour! It was amazing!

Mauldo (sp ?) was excellent. He picked mu up right on time and gave a lot of interesting information along the tour

Very nice place to visit. It's very cold, you can see nice view. I definitely recommend it.