3-Night Best of Quito Tour

Multi-day & Extended Tours, Tour departs from the following Quito hotels: Rio Amazonas, Holiday Inn, Wyndham Garden, Kaia, Mercure Alameda, Hilton Colon, Swissotel. If you are not staying at these hotels, your pick up will be at the Holiday Inn Express hotel (Ave. Orellana N6-54 and Calle Reina Victoria) at 08h00 to null

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Quito and its environs, Equatorial Monument, Otavalo market
Day 1: You'll be collected from Quito airport and transferred to your hotel. Day 2: Excursion to Otavalo Market (B)Departure from our designated hotels in Quito until arriving to Cayambe, where the passengers will have the opportunity to taste the delicious “Bizcochos de Cayambe”, a type of cracker or bread baked in a clay oven. After admiring Lake San Pablo, we will arrive at the Otavalo Market, where the indigenous people of the area, known as "Otavalos",make and sell their textiles and handicrafts.Passengers may choose between to stay in this area and enjoy more time from the market and our bus will pick them up at the end of the tour (they will not have the visit to Cotacachi), or continue with the journey to the town of Cotacachi, recognized for leather and crafts. In Cotacachi you have enough time to visit the village, the shops of leather goods and free time for lunch, (not included).Later we will visit the Ecological Reserve where the Cuicocha lagoon is located, inside the crater of the Cotacachi Volcano.*Bus will wait for 10 minutes in Otavalo to pick up passangers that stayed there, and after that will return to Quito and their respective hotels or starting point.Day 3: City Tour: Historic Quito and Equatorial Monument (B)We will visit the historic center, the largest and best preserved in South America, in one of our original trolleys, which are a replica of the trams that circulated in Quito in the last century.Visit to the Basilica del Voto Nacional Church, where we will make a brief stop for an explanation of its facade, to later move towards the Panecillo viewpoint, where is a giant statue of the "Winged Virgin", where you can admire a beautiful landscape of colonial and modern Quito. Later we will continue to the Plaza de San Francisco,  from where we will walk to the Plaza Grande, historical and political center of the city, surrounded by innumerable attractions including: the Cathedral, the Palace of Government, the Archbishop's Palace and the La Compañía church.We continue our tour meeting the traditional La Ronda neighborhood, we can find workshops where our visitors will learn with a group of authentic artisans, how their works are elaborated, and trades of yesteryear (Entrance to churches are not included).We will stop at the “Zona Rosa” of the city, approximately an hour and a half to have free time for lunch (not included), and later we continue with our excursion to “Equatorial Monument”, where you can see the monument that divides the northern hemisphere from the southern hemisphere of the planet. Includes entrance to the Middle of the World complex ,where you can live experiences that defy the laws of physics and occur only in this part of the world. Day 4: (B)Your tour concludes with drop-off at Quito airport.

What’s included

  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Local taxes
  • Breakfast
  • Driver/guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (if option selected)

What’s not included

  • Entrance fees
  • Excess luggage charges (where applicable)
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)

Highlights

  • Pickup from a centrally located meeting point
  • Airport transfer
  • Breakfast included
  • Hotel pickup included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Comprehensive tour of the city

Itinerary

Day 1: You'll be collected from Quito airport and transferred to your hotel.
Day 2: Excursion to Otavalo Market (B) Departure from our designated hotels in Quito until arriving to Cayambe, where the passengers will have the opportunity to taste the delicious “Bizcochos de Cayambe”, a type of cracker or bread baked in a clay oven. After admiring Lake San Pablo, we will arrive at the Otavalo Market, where the indigenous people of the area, known as "Otavalos",make and sell their textiles and handicrafts. Passengers may choose between to stay in this area and enjoy more time from the market and our bus will pick them up at the end of the tour (they will not have the visit to Cotacachi), or continue with the journey to the town of Cotacachi, recognized for leather and crafts. In Cotacachi you have enough time to visit the village, the shops of leather goods and free time for lunch, (not included). Later we will visit the Ecological Reserve where the Cuicocha lagoon is located, inside the crater of the Cotacachi Volcano. *Bus will wait for 10 minutes in Otavalo to pick up passangers that stayed there, and after that will return to Quito and their respective hotels or starting point.
Day 3: City Tour: Historic Quito and Equatorial Monument (B) We will visit the historic center, the largest and best preserved in South America, in one of our original trolleys, which are a replica of the trams that circulated in Quito in the last century. Visit to the Basilica del Voto Nacional Church, where we will make a brief stop for an explanation of its facade, to later move towards the Panecillo viewpoint, where is a giant statue of the "Winged Virgin", where you can admire a beautiful landscape of colonial and modern Quito. Later we will continue to the Plaza de San Francisco,  from where we will walk to the Plaza Grande, historical and political center of the city, surrounded by innumerable attractions including: the Cathedral, the Palace of Government, the Archbishop's Palace and the La Compañía church. We continue our tour meeting the traditional La Ronda neighborhood, we can find workshops where our visitors will learn with a group of authentic artisans, how their works are elaborated, and trades of yesteryear (Entrance to churches are not included). We will stop at the “Zona Rosa” of the city, approximately an hour and a half to have free time for lunch (not included), and later we continue with our excursion to “Equatorial Monument”, where you can see the monument that divides the northern hemisphere from the southern hemisphere of the planet. Includes entrance to the Middle of the World complex ,where you can live experiences that defy the laws of physics and occur only in this part of the world.
Day 4: (B) Your tour concludes with drop-off at Quito airport.
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