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Quito: Night Street Food and Local Drinks Tour

1. 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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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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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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Quito: Street Food Essentials

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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: 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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What people are saying about Pichincha

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 9 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!

I had a mishap with getting an Uber and was not able to meet the group that morning. They really bent over backwards to make special arrangements to meet me when I was finally able to get there hours later. My host, Daniel, was very friendly and informative. He told us a lot of local legends that I would never had heard on my own. I have seen several bad reviews but I’m a solo female traveler and a first time international traveler and I am so glad I did this tour!! I have nothing but good things to say.

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.

Loved this. Nicholas was a great guide. Nothing felt scripted. The places we visited were either ones I couldn’t have found myself, or so local that I would not have known how to navigate them alone. Besides explaining the food, he also had deep insight into Quito and Ecuadorian culture. Felt like a night with a friend’s eel-read, laidback, and personable friend. Highly recommend.

Nicolas was so nice, helpful and fun Highly recommend it