Quito City and Surroundings

From Quito, Ecuador
  • Ecuador
  • Custom
  • City Stays
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Tour Description

The capital of Ecuador has a setting that few cities can match.  Once the northern capital of the Inca Empire, Quito was later colonised by the Spanish who built formidable temples, monasteries and mansions, creating an urban jewel designated by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage Site. The area surrounding Quito is a beautiful landscape with many traditional villages such as Otavalo, home to the largest and most colourful indian market in South America.

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Tour Itinerary

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Day 1
Quito

Arrival in Quito and transfer to your hotel.
Quito is the capital of Ecuador. It was founded in 1534 on the ruins of an ancient Inca city. Today, two million people live in Quito. It was the first city to be named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978.
Overnight in Quito

Day 2
Quito

After an early morning breakfast, the tour will depart towards the city center of downtown Quito, or Centro Histórico, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978.
We will start with a panoramic view of Alameda Park and the Basilica, followed by a walk down the street of the Seven Crosses. The trip will continue with a walking tour, starting at Independence Square. From here, we will visit the presidential palace, the main cathedral, the gold-plated La Compañía Church, San Francisco Church and San Francisco Plaza.
Around midday the tour will head north to the equator for a trip to the monument at the Middle of the World. You may choose to visit either the Ethnographic or the Inti Ñan Museums, both located near the site of the monument. Along the way we will stop for a traditional Ecuadorian lunch (optional). After seeing these incredible sites, the tour will head back to Quito, where you will return to your hotel.
Overnight in Quito

Day 3
Quito

This morning, after breakfast, you will leave Quito with your tour guide, heading to Otavalo, the town famous for its weekly artisanal market. On route on the Pan-American Highway we will stop at Calderon, a town where the famous Masapan dolls are made, continuing on through Guayllabamba town where you can sample its typical fruit the chirimoya. We will also stop on the highway to admire the beautiful landscape and snow-capped mountains in the area. We continue on, making a short stop at San Pablo Lake before arriving in Otavalo. Here we will visit the textile market located at the “Plaza of Ponchos”; this is one of the most famous markets in South America. You will find all kinds of handcrafts including tapestries made on the Spanish weaving loom as well as the indigenous backstrap loom. After which you will enjoy short free time for bargaining and buying with the friendly Otavaleños. - OPTIONAL Lunch can be enjoyed at a restaurant in one of the communities we will visit.
Overnight in Quito

Day 4
Quito Depart

Depart any time. Transfer to the airport in time for your onward flight.
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What’s Included

Accommodation
  • Included Copy 20 3 nights accommodation in standard hotels
  • Included Copy 31 Hotel upgrades available
Food
  • Included Copy 20 Breakfast daily
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 All transfers, on a private basis
  • Included Copy 20 Private sightseeing tours as outlined in the tour itinerary with English speaking guides
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Duration

4 days

Price from

$615 USD

Per person, twin share

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