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Quilotoa Lagoon: Full-Day Tour from Quito

1. Quilotoa Lagoon: Full-Day Tour from Quito

Drive south from Quito to the Quilotoa area and visit its famous lagoon. Along the way, you'll admire the beautiful Andean landscape and stop at the Shalala viewpoint. Next, you'll visit the community viewpoint and descend to the lagoon. Once there, you'll have free time to hike and explore the area. You'll return on a path that connects the lagoon to the community viewpoint. It's an intense walk, so if you're not in good shape, simply climb on a mule that will pack you back to the viewpoint. After a lunch break, you'll also stop at a Tigua craft workshop, famous for its colorful products, and visit the Toachi's Canon.

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Quito: Night Street Food and Local Drinks Tour

2. Quito: Night Street Food and Local Drinks Tour

Discover the diversity of Quito's street food scene and delight your palate at the favorite eateries in town. Begin your food adventure with sunset watching at a plaza and enjoy the panoramic views of the main valleys at your feet. Then it's time to dive into the food scene of Quito. First, sample a classic Andean drink and get ready for various foods samplings in two favorite neighborhoods. Eat like a local on this tour and be surprised by the diversity of plantain, potatoes, and yuca soaked in a tasty spicy salsa called ají. Experience the bustle of the crowded stalls where local cab drivers grab a quick bite before heading to their night shifts. Savor homemade traditional dishes and enjoy the time at one of the favorite markets in town, a gastronomic paradise showcasing the natural abundance of Ecuador. Finish off the evening with a visit to a classic speakeasy bar. Enjoy advanced mixologies and traditional local drinks.

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Historic City of Quito and The Middle of the World

3. Historic City of Quito and The Middle of the World

Begin by a visit to one of South America's best preserved historic city centers. Go to the Basilica del Voto Nacional Church, where you can climb up its high domes. Move towards the Panecillo viewpoint, an iconic place in the city, renowned for its beauty and giant statue of the Winged Virgin - here you can admire a beautiful landscape of both colonial and modern Quito (entrance to churches not included). Continue on to the traditional La Ronda neighborhood. In this romantic setting you can find workshops where you can learn from a group of authentic artisans how their work is done. See historic trades that keep alive the cultural traditions of this charming city. Stop at Zona Rosa for approximately an hour and a half to have some free time for lunch (not included). You will then go to the Middle of the World City, where you can see the monument that divides the northern and southern hemispheres of the planet. Entrance to the Middle of the World complex is included ,where you can enjoy experiences that defy the laws of physics and occur only in this part of the world. NOTE: On Sunday, this tour operates in an inverted way, first you visit the Middle of the World and then you have the city tour.

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Otavalo: Small Group Market Tour from Quito with Lunch

4. Otavalo: Small Group Market Tour from Quito with Lunch

Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in Quito, and then journey by private vehicle towards the lively indigenous bazaar of Otavalo Market. Make brief stops at the village of Guayabamba and get an amazing view of San Pablo Lake and the surrounding landscape. Try some of the local biscochos (cookies) typical of the region along the way. Visit a weaving workshop in Peguche to learn about the handmade artisanal products and clothes typical of the region. Get back on the road to arrive at Otavalo Market and join the locals who come to sell their wares at the most spectacular market in Latin America. Buy unique souvenirs or just watch the hustle and bustle of the market vendors. Stop for lunch in the village of Cotacachi before making your way to the beautiful crater lake of Cuicocha at the foot of Cotacachi Volcano. Return to Quito at the end of a day full of activities and get dropped off at your hotel.

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Quito: Urban Legends of Quito by Night

5. Quito: Urban Legends of Quito by Night

Start your Quito night tour in the northern part of the city and travel through the most important commercial areas where most of the hotels are located. Explore aboard a replica of the trams used in the city in the last century. Head to the historic center to gaze at the illuminated churches and main tourist attractions. Discover some of the city's unique landscapes (tickets not included). Then, continue to Mirador del Panecillo (entrance included) for a beautiful view of colonial and modern day Quito. During the tour, you will get to know the people who live in this city better, and begin to recognize their way of speaking and thinking. During your visit to the city, your guide will tell you all about the historic urban legends that are a part of the traditional and cultural heritage of the people of Quito.

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Quito: Old Town and Middle of the World Tour.

6. Quito: Old Town and Middle of the World Tour.

From your hotel, the tour starts with a visit to the old town visiting Plaza Grande, and La Compañia de Jesús, San Francisco and La Basilica Churches. You then continue onto Panecillo Hill, a magnificent viewpoint overlooking the city. Leaving the old town, head to the cable car Teleférico, traveling to 4,200 meters above sea level to view all of Quito. Following a 45-minute drive, you will find yourself in the middle of the world, visiting the equator line monument and Intiñan museum. Another 45-minute will have you back at your hotel. The tour itinerary is very flexible and lunch could be provided in either the middle of the world or in the old town.

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Quito: Chocolate Lovers Tour

7. 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

8. 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

9. 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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From Cuenca: 4-Day Ecuador Exploration Tour

10. 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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What people are saying about Pichincha

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 18 reviews

El tour estaba bien organizado y empezó punctual at the pick-up point. El guia Daniel Ayala se demonstró desde el principle muy amable y empatico with todo el grupo; tenia mucho conocimiento y nos explicó muchisimas cosas sobre el centro historico. Not only dandonos informaciones de la historia de la ciudad, until también counting leyendas divertidas. Nos hizo probar también unas especialidades locales y siempre estaba attentive to the exigencias de cada a person. Recommend this tour por supuesto: ojalá van a tener Daniel as a guide!

Our guide Gustavo Tupiza was great and very knowledgeable. We were very pleased to have arranged with him for a full day tour in Quito and La Mitad del Mundo. He told us a lot about history, as well as about what is happening in the city now and about Ecuador in general. We learned a lot and had a lot of fun! I would definitely recommend this Quito city - La Mitad del Mundo tour with Gustavo. He is the best! Thanks for a wonderful day, Gustavo !!!

Excellent tour. Very well organized. The time is exact to be able to appreciate the wonders of the historic center of Quito and spend quality time in the middle of the world. The guide was extremely friendly and very knowledgeable about his area. At all times he made me feel comfortable and shared his experiences as a resident of the city of Quito, culinary advice and places to visit. A one hundred percent recommended experience.

Very nice tour. Exciting and interesting. Tour started late as the bus arrived late. After a while this young guide joined us. She is a very good guide. Made the whole trip interesting and exciting by her narration of stories behind each and every building. Walking with the group at night in those historical places was amazing.

Nicolas was so nice, helpful and fun Highly recommend it