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Guacamayo Tours is owned by an Ecuadorian/New Zealand couple...
Bahía Dolphin Tours owns the Chirije archaeological site, and offers day visits or overnight tours to the site...
Ceibos Tours offers whale-watching tours (July to September), as well as day trips to Isla Corazon ($33 per person). Bike hire is available ($1 per hour, $5 per day).
Coquitos Bar rents surfboards as well as bikes. It’s located around the corner from Hotel Bambu.
La Isla offers camping (sites per person $5) and canyoning ($20 per person), using harnesses and ropes to descend waterfalls.
Soar across a lush river basin on the tarabita , a perfectly safe wire basket on steel cables that glides 152m above the ground. On the other side, find a network of trails in the Bosque Protector Mindo-Nambillo...
Perk up with a quick tour of Vivero Mindo , a tiny organic coffee plantation that won ‘Best Coffee in Ecuador’ in a local competition. Coffee afterwards is free.
Get off just before Santa Rosa for the two hour walk into Siempre Verde a small community-run research station supporting tropical conservation education with excellent hiking and bird-watching...
Nangulví thermal springs has a cluster of cabins (rooms per person $8) and a restaurant with $2 set meals to maximize on-site soaking...
Located inside the La Mitad del Mundo complex, arranges short hikes ($8 per person) around the crater rim of nearby Pululahua. It’s a good price, considering it includes the $5 park entrance fee...
For spectacular views over Quito’s mountainous landscape, hop aboard the telefériQo , a multimillion-dollar sky tram that takes passengers on a 2.5km ride up the flanks of Volcán Pichincha to the top of Cruz Loma...
Bosque de los Arreyanes is a lovely myrtle forest ideal for bird-watching. On-site camping is available.
World Bike offers a three-day glacier school and guided trips to the summit of Volcán Cayambe. Guide services average $80 per day.
Located in Guápulo, behind the Hotel Quito.
The old town’s only language school offers a wide range of study options, learning-while-traveling programs, volunteer opportunities and homestays. Approximately 20% of profits are donated to social projects.
For Hatha yoga classes, stop by the friendly Krishna center , with the excellent Govindas restaurant on-site. Classes are currently held on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 5 to 6pm...
After a long day’s hike, La Cascada may ease your weary limbs. The tiny bathhouse has a small pool, a sauna and a hot tub.
Top-end company with years of experience in hiking and climbing. Personalized tours available. Prices average $130 to $160 per day...
A top-notch mountain-climbing operator, with guides who are all Asociación Ecuatoriana de Guías de Montaña (ASEGUIM; Ecuadorian Association of Mountain Guides) instructors and speak several languages...
Owner Ivan Rojas has been on the Ecuadorian mountain scene for years and is an invaluable resource for expeditionists. Courses, guide recommendations and equipment rental are available.
Eos offers a wide range of conventional and off-the-beaten-path tours including jungle tours and adventure hikes. Half of the profits are donated to sustainable-development projects.
Offers a good range of climbing, hiking and mountain-biking trips and river-rafting trips.
This small school receives good reviews, with both morning and evening classes and family stays.
A fairly new operator that has received numerous recommendations from travelers for its full range of trips and tours.
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