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Mitad del Mundo & Horseback Ride at Pululahua Volcano

1. Mitad del Mundo & Horseback Ride at Pululahua Volcano

This day tour combines a visit to the educational museum built on the equator, Mitad del Mundo, with a beautiful horseback ride through the Pululahua Crater.  In the morning, drive to the ranch where the horses are waiting. From the ranch, robust and amiable mountain horses will take us through the stunning landscape of this ancient volcanic crater – the biggest one on the whole American continent and one of only two inhabited craters in the world – with its constantly changing sceneries and huge biodiversity. While circling the central lava cone, witness volcanic history and nature, interesting geological formations, mineral avalanches blooming with wild orchids and traditional Andean agriculture.  The horseback riding time will be about 3 hours. Lunch with panoramic view over valleys and cloud forest covered mountains (lunch if option is selected). Afterwards, continue by car to the Mitad del Mundo. On an interactive guided tour they will tell you about the history of the tribes in that area and with some help of a few scientific tests you will find out that this place is exactly the middle of the world. Return to Quito at the end of the tour.

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From Quito: Cotopaxi Hiking and Biking Tour

2. 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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Mitad del Mundo and Hiking in Pululahua Volcano

3. Mitad del Mundo and Hiking in Pululahua Volcano

Begin your tour with an early morning pickup from your hotel in Quito. You’ll then start driving for 50 minutes northwest of Quito to reach the amazing Middle of the World Monument, Ciudad Mitad del Mundo. Here, you will have a chance to visit the equatorial line and straddle the two hemispheres of north and south. Take a picture at this iconic site and then take part in several experiments at the Intiñan Solar Museum and be amazed at what you see. Experiments include watching water go down a drain in a different direction only inches away from either side of the equator, balancing an egg on a nail, using an ancient sundial, and more. After lunch, head to the Pululahua Geobotanical Reserve to enjoy a 3-hour hike. As you walk on the trail, enjoy the amazing landscape of this inhabited crater and spot its unique flora. After a fun-filled day, you will head back to your hotel in Quito.

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From Quito: 3-Day Mitad del Mundo, Teleferico & Mindo

4. From Quito: 3-Day Mitad del Mundo, Teleferico & Mindo

Day 1: Enjoy a reception at Quito Airport and then check-in at your hotel. You will start the tour early and head to the historical center of the first city to named as a UNESCO Prime Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Follow the Avenue Gran Colombia through to the Church of the Basilica of the National Vow to Independence Square through to the colonial streets on this cathedral walking tour. You will also see the Government Palace and Archbishop, the Church of the Society of Jesus and the Church of San Francisco built in the 16th Century. Later, arrive at the Mirador del Panecillo, where you'll find a sculpture of the Virgin Mary and can admire a beautiful landscape of colonial and modern Quito. Continue north on one of the expressways that will lead you directly to the Intiñan Museum, where you will experience and feel like you are in the middle of the world. Then head toward Mitad del Mundo, a representation of the cities with colonial era architecture and also see the monument that divides the northern hemisphere southern hemisphere, where you can take pictures with one foot in each hemisphere. It was built in the 18th Century, when the French scientific expedition defined the exact position of the Equator line that divides the world. Accommodation in Quito. Day 2: Breakfast at the hotel from 07:00 - 08:00. Leaving from Quito, appreciate the impressive change of vegetation and climate as you travel to Mindo Cloud Forest. Walk through the private protected forest with crystal clear rivers and observe more than 400 exotic species of birds, butterflies and orchids. Time for lunch (included) and return to Quito. Day 3: Breakfast at the hotel. Start the tour at 10:00 from the hotel lobby and go towards the cable car city located on Western Avenue for a unique viewing point of the city and if the weather permits, you will to be able to observe the Avenue of the Volcanoes (Andes). Check out of your hotel and then transfer to the airport.

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