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Quito - Best Tours & Trips 2019

315 trips to Quito tours from 55 tour companies. 339 reviews. 4.8/5 avg rating.
Quito is Ecuador’s capital, and the highest official capital city in the world, by altitude, and the closest capital city to the Equator. Quito’s historic center was also among the first declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the late 1970.
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Travel Style Travel Style Relaxed A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers.
Full on For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included.
Mixed You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included.

Trip Type Trip Type Group Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Small Group Tour Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
River Cruise These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Small Ship Cruise Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
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Vacation / Holiday Package Similar to a self guided tour, this usually involves a home base, such as a hotel or resort, with packaged activities and day tours as a part of the stay.
Large Ship Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.

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Lodging Level Lodging Level Camping Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
Basic - 2 star You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.

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Physical Level Physical Level Very Easy Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip.
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Machu Picchu & Galapagos Island Hopping

SmarTours
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15 days
$ 380 / day
$ 5,699
From : $ 7,010
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Explore Sacred Valley has amazing landscapes of fertile land
  • Machu Picchu
  • Visit the bustling and colorful Indian market where many beautiful crafts are traded.
  • Galapagos Island Hopping
  • Explore Lima, known as the City of Kings
  • Visit Cuzco is a vibrant town, dotted with archaeological sites
  • See the Church of San Francisco at Lima
  • Plaza de Armas (Lima)
  • Drive to The equator and surrounded by ice-capped volcanoes
  • Visit Church of San Francisco (Quito)
  • Stay at Finch Bay Hotel (Galapagos), one of National Geographic’s “Unique Lodges of the World”
Visits:
Cusco, Galapagos, Lima, Machu Picchu, Quito, Sacred Valley, Santa Cruz Island, Trieste, Urubamba, Peru
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Jewels of the Andes | Exploring the Andes

4 days
$ 140 / day
$ 560
From : $ 756
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Visit to the Center of Interpretation where we’ll learn about the flora and the fauna of the park
  • Enjoy your way to Chimborazo National Park
  • Opportunity to visit the hotsprings
  • Exploration of the town of Baños and the valley of the waterfalls
Visits:
Andes Mountains, Cotopaxi, Quito, Ecuador
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Ecuador Adventure & Highlights | Mágico Ecuador

17 days
$ 158 / day
$ 2,690
From : $ 3,632
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Visit the “San Juan Mirador” you will have a beautiful view of The Colonial Center of Quito
  • Explore Teleférico, one of the best ways to enjoy the city with views of beautiful valleys
  • Visit the town of Tigua, famous for its naive paintings
  • Opportunity to visit the hotsprings
  • Visit in the “Parque Histórico”, which was created through the initiative of the Central Bank of Ecuador
  • Visit Montecristi, this village is internationally renowned for the high quality
Visits:
Andes Mountains, Cotopaxi, Cuenca, Guayaquil, Otavalo, Quito, Ecuador
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Jewels of the Andes | Cotopaxi Volcano & Quil ...

2 days
$ 130 / day
$ 260
From : $ 351
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Visit and indigenous local house from the “Paramos”, we will observe their clothes and customs
  • Drive to Cotopaxi is the highest active volcano in the world (5,897 msnm) located two hours from Quito
  • Visit the town of Tigua, famous for its naive paintings
Visits:
Avenue of Volcanoes, Cotopaxi, Quito, Ecuador
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Mindo Cloud Forest | Adventure & Nature

3 days
$ 207 / day
$ 620
From : $ 837
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Explore Tulipe Site Museum that inhabited the area in the 1200 year, and whose archaeological remains
  • Visit the complex of Nambillo waterfalls and observe different types of birds, orchids
  • Experience hike with a naturalist to appreciate the biodiversity of flora and fauna guide, the lush vegetation
Visits:
Acropolis, Quito, Ecuador
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Highlights of the Andes | Otavalo Market & Su ...

3 days
$ 87 / day
$ 260
From : $ 351
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Discover Quito
  • Experience Otavalo, indigenous people rich in traditions and customs
  • Explore Condor Park is a wildlife rehabilitation
  • Visit Interpretation Center we will prepare our stuffs for a nice 5 hours hiking
Visits:
Andes Mountains, Otavalo, Quito, Ecuador
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Active Ecuador Adventure

Lost World Adventures
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
10 days
$ 355 / day
$ 3,550
From : $ 4,047
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
Highlights
  • Explore Quito
  • Visit Cotopaxi National Park
  • Visit the Avenue of the Waterfalls and ride the traditional cable car across the Pastaza River
  • Experience great Pastaza River Rafting
Visits:
Quito, Ecuador
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A Galapagos Island Tour

Lost World Adventures
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
11 days
$ 558 / day
$ 6,139
From : $ 8,288
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Discover Quito
  • Explore Galapagos see the fascinating wild Galapagos Tortoises.
  • Visit a memorable Fernandina Island
  • Drive through Rábida Island which is unique because of it's red color rocks and sand
  • Visit beautiful Bartolome Island is situated across Sullivan Bay
  • Explore Guayaquil
Visits:
Galapagos, Guayaquil, Isabela Island, Isla Santiago, Otavalo, Quito, Ecuador
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Galapagos Family Travel

ROW Adventures
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
9 days
$ 554 / day
$ 4,990
From : $ 6,737
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Explore the galapagos islands
  • Kayak to a beautiful beach then take the catamaran to kicker rock, this is an amazing day of snorkelling
  • Hike of isabela’s sierra negra
  • Visit los tuneles and snorkel
  • A two and a half hour boat ride to santa cruz island
  • Visit bachas chicas for another opportunity to snorkel with multicolor fishes and nesting pelicans
Visits:
Galapagos, Guayaquil, Isabela Island, Santa Cruz Island, Ecuador
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4 Day Overnight Andes Trekking and Horseback Riding

4 days
$ 160 / day
$ 640
From : $ 864
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Full day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness. Strenuous
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Visit the Interpretation´s Center where we’ll learn about the flora and the fauna
  • Visit canyon of Rio Toachi and have some nice hours hiking and relaxing at the riverbed
  • Enjoy spectacular mountain Andes views
  • Visit Quilotoa Crater and hike down and up to Chugchilan
Visits:
Andes Mountains, Cotopaxi, Quito, Ecuador
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Jungle, Highlands and Islands

Lost World Adventures
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
14 days
$ 584 / day
$ 8,175
From : $ 9,320
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
Highlights
  • Explore Quito
  • Visit Napo Wildlife Center
  • Discover Galapagos an impressive cliffs of Buccaneer Cove
  • Drive through Genovesa Island very interesting panga ride along the cliffs.
  • Experience hiking in the El Cajas National Park
  • Visit renowned market of Otavalo
Visits:
Andes Mountains, Cuenca, Galapagos, Guayaquil, Isla Santa Fe, Otavalo, Quito, San Cristobal, Santa Cruz Island, Ecuador
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Galapagos, Otavalo & Amazon Tour tour
Private Guided
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Galapagos, Otavalo & Amazon Tour

ROW Adventures
Preferred
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11 days
$ 464 / day
$ 5,100
From : $ 6,273
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Explore Galapagos Amazon tour is an active trip that immerses you in the highlights of the Galapagos Islands and the Amazon rainforest.
  • Kayak, snorkel and hike, all under your own power.   
  • This unique land-based program gets you away from the crowds to places few others see.
  • Visit four small towns in the Galapagos Islands.
  • Your journey is accompanied by the howls of monkeys and songs of birds. 
  • Explore small lakes, lagoons, rivers.
Visits:
Amazon Rainforest, Galapagos, Guayaquil, Otavalo, Quito, San Cristobal, Santa Cruz Island, Ecuador
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Volcanoes Avenue | Cotopaxi, Chimborazo & Dev ...

3 days
$ 167 / day
$ 500
From : $ 675
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • See Cotopaxi  the highest active volcano in the world
  • Along the way we’ll see various mountains like el Corazón, Rumiñahui, Illinizas, Pasochoa
  • Visit the Interpretation´s Center where we’ll learn about the flora and the fauna
Visits:
Andes Mountains, Avenue of Volcanoes, Quito, Ecuador
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Highlights of Pichincha North West | Birding Tour

4 days
$ 180 / day
$ 720
From : $ 972
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Visit Milpe, It´s a small village in the rain forest, It´s located 17 km to Mindo
  • Experience hike in Mindo Cloud Forest and enjoy looking, tanagers, parrots, toucans and woodpeckers
  • Visit Bellavista Cloud Forest and visit a waterfall
  • Explore Quito
Visits:
Quito, Ecuador
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Yasuni Eco - Comfort Lodge | Amazon-Adventure in Sani Lodge
Private Guided
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Yasuni Eco - Comfort Lodge | Amazon-Adventure in ...

4 days
$ 278 / day
$ 1,111
From : $ 1,367
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Visit the parrot-clay lick at Yasuní National Park for a wonderful view of hundreds of parrots
  • Experience the life on the tree tops from the 36 meter (108 ft.) observation tower
  • Experience bird-watching
  • Amazonia will be given by one of our bilingual guides, while enjoying Ecuadorian beers
Visits:
Amazon Rainforest, Quito, Brazil, Ecuador
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Top Quito Experiences and Attractions

Top Quito Experiences

Exploring the beautiful and well preserved Historic Center, declared one of the world’s first UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1978

Learning about the extensive native and Spanish colonial history that formed the city

Taking a cable car to see Pichincha Volcano

Climbing the to the top of Cotopaxi, a still active volcano

Taking in the views from El Panecillo

Walking to the top of the towers and admiring the Gothic architecture of the Basílica del Voto Nacional

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Quito Trip Reviews

339 Quito Tour Reviews - Summary 100% Recommend

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4.8
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4.8
Lodging
4.8
Transportation
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Meals
4.8

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What an AMAZING 6 week trip of 6 countries!

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 4.0

My first ever trip in smaller numbers - loved it, yes, loved it so much as we could do things that larger groups can not do. Ecuador, Peru including the Amazon region, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, Brazil were awash with fantastic experiences with the stunning and majestic sights, the people and their culture, the food, animal and bird life and of course, what I accomplished by surprising myself at the Incan ruins. Our guides, Alejandro in Ecuador, Sally in Peru and Sabina in Chile, Argentina and Brazil were just the best Ambassadors for Peregrine as they showed such passion for their country and genuine care for each of our small number to return home with amazing memories to abide in our hearts forever. Muchas Gracias to each of you as you have touched my life with a very special imprint. I highly recommend this full trip for the entire 6 weeks just in case you have not noticed.

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Operator Peregrine Adventures

Incredible experience with wonderful guides and breath-taking scenery.

5.0
  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0

At first I was unsure about doing a tour here in Ecuador, but after my experience with Latin Adventures I can´t believe I hesitated! This is easily one of the best tours I´ve had the pleasure of doing. The town of Otavalo is lively and very pretty. There are indigenous handicrafts in every corner, all beautifully made. The highlight of this tour was La Laguna Cuicocha. One of the most beautiful landscapes I´ve experienced without a doubt. The hike around the lagoon is not difficult, just a little long. Absolutely worth it though for the views and the wildlife.

I highly recommended anyone considering doing a tour to go through Latin Adventures. They were kind, professional, and always willing to go the extra mile.

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Operator Latin Adventures

A wonderful time on our trip to The Galapagos,

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

We were very lucky as our flights out of Miami were booked on Avianca which is part of the Star Alliance. Javier and I are both Star Alliance Gold and they upgraded us from Miami to Bogota, gave us bulkhead or emergency exit row seating on the other flights and we were able to use their lounges. I just wanted to let you know that we had a wonderful time on our trip to The Galapagos, Guyaquil and Quito.  Although I am not one for group travel we both thought the value was excellent, the hotels were good and the food was much better than we had anticipated.

Just wanted to let you know that we were very pleased with all aspects of the tour."

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Operator Indus Travels

Andes to Amazon

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

This was an excellent introduction to this very diverse country, including different landscapes, culture and wildlife.
There were many highlights, including seeing a variety of birds and wildlife in both the cloud forest and the Amazon basin, visiting local markets and learning about indigenous communities. The walks at Cuicocha and Cajas National Park were both excellent (and we were lucky with the weather!).

Fabian was enthusiastic and knowledgeable. Service in some hotels / restaurants in Ecuador can be variable and he quickly resolved any difficulties when these arose.

Take plenty of sunscreen and insect repellent. Pack layers of clothing as the temperatures across the trip vary greatly. If you are taking dollars, make sure they are in small denominations, as changing $50 dollar notes is very difficult.

I really enjoyed this trip and would not hesitate to recommend it.

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Operator Exodus Travels

As a lone traveller I was worried about travelling South America. I realised from the moment I arrived at SA that I had no need to worry. Someone was there to meet me at the airport and from there in I had i clear instructions on the plan and when and where to meet everyone. Not at any point did I feel worried. I enjoyed every second of my trip.

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

I have enjoyed every second of my trip with G adventures. It is hard to explain to anyone just how great my experience was. I could only recommend that they book the trip and see for themselves. It was the perfect trip. There is no recommendations I could make to improve the trip. Although it was very tiring, I woke up each and every morning excited for the day ahead. Every member of the team I met through Gadventures were friendly and helpful. I'm already seeking a new adventure with them.

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Operator G Adventures

56 volcanoes, 11 still active

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Fascinating country for trekking, with plenty of challenging summits. Also, ideal for getting acquainted with the Andine culture, tasty local food, open markets and unique craftsmanship (especially Otavalo). Quito most pleasant to walk and much to see. Enjoy!

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Operator World Expeditions

Quito Tours and Travel Guide

Quito Attractions & Landmarks Guide

Quito is Ecuador’s capital, and the highest official capital city in the world, by altitude, and the closest capital city to the Equator. Quito’s historic center was also among the first declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the late 1970.

This city has seen many iterations, and though a rocky reputation has tended to rear its ugly head every few years, especially when it comes to safety and tourism, Quito remains a popular destination for tours to Ecuador.

Many distinct and unique call backs to Moorish Spain are found throughout Quito, vestiges of when Spanish Colonial influence and presence ran through Ecuador and much of South America.

The historic center of Quito is by far its best feature. Declared an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978, this beautiful area has been left largely undisturbed by time and development, save restoration projects. Thus, walking around the ancient streets, past architecture that is both Spanish Colonial and in some places even older, is like walking back in time.

10 Top Things to Do in Quito

Quito is a wonderful city, albeit perhaps slightly less exciting than its more colorful counterparts in Ecuador like Guayaquil and Cuento. Especially after you’ve exhausted your selfie-taking angles at the bright yellow Equator line (known as La Mitad del Mundo “The Middle of the World”).

But if you love Spanish Colonial history, traditional local food, and especially love exploring old churches, Quito is the place for you. Many of these sights are a part of the “Historic Center”. This large open air plaza is surrounded by impeccably preserved Spanish Colonial architecture, and is the crux of any Quito tour.

1. Equator - For first time visitors, the Equator site is a novelty, and quite exciting to see. Technically La Mitad del Mundo is no longer the official equator line. With more accurate GPS technology, tt was realized to be 240 meters north of the established line. Even though this fact is fairly well known, hoards of travelers still use the monument for the fun photo op.

2. Basílica del Voto Nacional - The largest neo-gothic basilica in the Americas, there are spectacular views to be had from the towers, which are 377 feet (115 meters) tall. The architecture stands out quite a bit from elsewhere in Quito, and in fact, elsewhere in Ecuador.

3. Iglesia de la Campania - This stunning and enormous church is a key attraction for any visitor to Quito. A fixture of Quito’s Old Town, the church began to be built in the early 1600s - around the same time as when the city was founded. It took around 150 years to be completed however, lending to its majesty, scopy, and size.

4. El Museo Francisco - Right next door to Iglesia San Francisco, this museum is well worth walking through, especially for history buffs. The museum is chock full of beautiful paintings, furniture, and sculptures, which represent much of Quito’s 16th century history.

5. La Merced - Another church, this one built in the 1800s, is a great place to visit for art history lovers - several paintings depicting volcanos erupting over colonial Quito await you as you explore the halls. There is also a fun legend associated with its entrancing bell tower. Apparently the bell tower is the only unblessed part of the church - and therefore possessed by the devel. And only those strong enough to resist the devil can ring the bell.  

6. Museo de la Ciudad - This museum is housed in one of Quito’s oldest Spanish Colonial buildings, constructed in 1563. It’s a wonderful walk through experience, with several different kinds of exhibits that depict daily life in Quito through six centuries of inhabitants.

7. Museo Nacional - For a look at some impressive pre-hispanic artifacts, and a history lesson on the Quito before the Spanish arrived, head to Museo Nacional. Colonial art is also on display here, but it’s the older items that hold attention, dating back to 12,000 BC. This museum encapsulates all the cultures that converge in South America, both native and European.

8. Cable Car to Volcano Pichincha - Don’t despair, there is actually more to see beyond churches in Quito! The city’s location among the mountains and volcanos of the Andes attracts many outdoorsy and active travelers to the region. One of the best and most enjoyable ways to see these impressive sights is by cable car, suspended high in the air. Pichincha is the closest volcano to Quito, so if you’re short on time, the cable car to see it is a great option. Go early in the day to avoid the fog which often socks the city in around the afternoon.

9. Climb Cotopaxi - Another volcano excursion. The climb to the top of Cotopaxi is strenuous but well worth it to say you stood on one of the tallest still-active volcanos in the world. There are two ways to do Cotopaxi. For the more physically fit, and those that enjoy hiking, you can climb the full 5,897 meters from base to summit. Or if you’re less inclined to want to hike the entire way, you can park just over 4,500 meters up and hike from there. It will be chilly, so dress in layers!

10. Take in the view from El Panecillo - This hill offers panoramic 360 degree views of all of Quito, and is a great way to get an idea of how large the city is. The hill marks a division between north and south Quito and is visible from nearly everywhere in the city. There is a large statue of Virgin Mary - a replica of the one inside the Iglesia San Francisco.

When to Visit Quito

Due to its positioning along the Equator, the weather in Quito is extremely temperate. It stays fairly cool throughout the year, and there are only two seasons: the dry season and the wet season.

The dry season, which is classified as “summer” is between June and September. Average high temperatures tend to be in the low 70s (F). Low average temperatures remain in the high 40s F.

The wet season, Quito’s “winter”, lasts from October to May. The average high temperatures are typically in the low 70s and high 60s F. Average low temperatures are typically in the high 40s F.

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