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Quito: Private Mindo Cloud Forest Tour with Cable Car Ride

1. Quito: Private Mindo Cloud Forest Tour with Cable Car Ride

After pickup from your hotel in Quito, take a 2-hour ride to the Bosque Protector Mindo Nambillo. Explore the cloud forest with your private bilingual guide, and appreciate the picturesque scenery even more on an included cable car ride. Learn about the 4 stages in the lives of butterflies at the butterfly garden, where you can observe around 1,200 of these colorful creatures. Next, walk through the cloud forest to one of the most visited natural attractions in Mindo, the Nambillo Waterfall. Formed by a rapid in the Nambillo, it's a popular natural spa. Take a dip in the crystal clear waters of the pool area, if you like. At the end of your, you'll be dropped off back at your hotel in Quito.

Quito: Intiñan Museum Small-Group Tour

2. Quito: Intiñan Museum Small-Group Tour

Visit the Intiñan Museum, also known as the Museum of Equinoctial Solar Culture, where you will enjoy a combination of physic, folklore, and culture. Marvel at the variety of fauna, flora, instruments and other manifestations of culture at the museum, and discover the Forest of Totems. Participate in interactive experiments that prove you are standing in the middle of the world.

Quito: 1914 Original Trolley City Tour

3. Quito: 1914 Original Trolley City Tour

Visit the historic center of Quito, the largest and best preserved in South America, in one of the local supplier's original trolleys, which are a replica of the trams that circulated in Quito in the last century. Visit the Basilica del Voto Nacional Church, where you make a brief stop for an explanation of its facade, before later heading towards the Panecillo viewpoint, an iconic place in the city, renowned for its beauty. Here you will find a giant statue of the "Winged Virgin", and you can admire a beautiful landscape of colonial and modern Quito. Later, continue to the Plaza de San Francisco, one of the representative places of the city and full of history. From here, you walk to the Plaza Grande, the 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 (entrance to churches are not included). Take a tour on a Monday and you will have the possibility to observe the Presidential Change of Guard Finish your tour by visiting the traditional La Ronda neighborhood — a romantic setting with workshops where you can learn all about the work and cultural traditions of authentic artisans.

Quito: Urban Bike Tour

4. Quito: Urban Bike Tour

Explore La Floresta, Mariscal, La Carolina Park, Iñaquito, and much more as you gain an insight into how locals live in Quito.  Departing from the iconic Ochoymedio Arthouse Cinema, take a look at the amazing street art around La Floresta as you also learn about some of the artists who painted them. Then, head to Carolina Park and visit the Botanic Gardens. You'll be riding along Amazonas Avenue, one of the main arteries of the modern Quito. Afterwards, stop and take some great photos.  Experiencing a local market is a must in any city. The iconic and colourful Iñaquito Market dates back to the 1970s. The tour will then head back via Carolina Park once again, returning to La Floresta. Making your way past an impressive 50-metre tall mural, the tour will finish at a local café. Upon arrival, you'll get to enjoy a complimentary drink and snack.

Santa Cruz: Galapagos Islands 4 Day Explorer Tour

5. Santa Cruz: Galapagos Islands 4 Day Explorer Tour

Day 1 Arrive at the airport of Baltra Island and meet the National Park guides, followed by a transfer to Santa Cruz. Check in at your hotel and in the afternoon visit the Charles Darwin Scientific Station and the Interpretation Center of the Galapagos National Park. Day 2 Head to the stunning Turtle Bay Beach, a postcard-worthy beach with white sand and azure sea. Stop to observe the marine life, iguanas, and many other wildlife species Travel next to a private ranch, where you will be able to see the protected giant turtles living in their natural habitat. Finally, the adventure will conclude with a hike through the underground lava tunnels. Day 3 On the third day, head to the dock to sail to the islet of La Loberia. Take some time for snorkeling, before traveling to Punta Estrada. Keep a look out for frigate birds, sea lions, and other marine life. Day 4 After breakfast at the hotel, be returned to the airport for your departure flight.

Quito: Paragliding Flight from Lumbisi Peak

6. Quito: Paragliding Flight from Lumbisi Peak

Paragliding flights in the Ecuadorian Sierra is a thermal flight that takes place moving through the skies taking advantage of the wind that hits the hill and the ascending air currents that are generated by the heat of the sun or radiation called thermal. We take off from the hill of Lumbisi towards the City, we observe the landscape of the city of Quito you can see the mountains. We landed on the hillside. The meeting point is en route to Lumbisí km 1 at the entrance to La Primavera at 8:30 am. From there we climbed in a vehicle to the mountain. The guide takes care of the whole operation, you just have to enjoy and fulfill your dream of flying. The flight experience lasts between 12-15 minutes.

From Quito: Guided Day Trip to the Mindo Cloud Forest

7. From Quito: Guided Day Trip to the Mindo Cloud Forest

Be picked up in the morning from the comfort of your accommodation in Quito. Sit back and relax in the air-conditioned van or all-terrain vehicle on the drive to the Mindo Cloud Forest ecological reserve. Go to an altitude of1, 900 meters above sea level. Ride along a winding road and stop at different viewpoints to take in the verdant landscapes. Stop at Mindo village, which is located at the southern edge of the Choco/Andean hotspot of biodiversity that stretches from south-western Colombia to north-western Ecuador. Take a cable car on a 530 meters-long-cable to the other side of the mountain. Travel to the Ondinas, Guarumos, Colibríes, Madre and Los Maderos waterfalls where you can stop to take a dip. Uncover the secrets of the local ecosystem as you look for hummingbirds, air plants, orchids and other surprising exotic species in this area that has international importance for birds. Have some free time to purchase a nice lunch or to explore the orchid and butterfly farm or the chocolate factory. Head back to your accommodation in the afternoon.

Quito: Old Town Highlights & Food Tour

8. Quito: Old Town Highlights & Food Tour

Walk from Independence Plaza to the impressive Independence Monument, the city’s cathedral, the Archbishop’s Palace, and the seat of the government, Carondelet Palace.  Your guide will tell you the stories and legends behind the city’s most famous buildings and the roles these sites have played in Ecuador’s rich history. Then continue on to La Compañía de Jesús, a breathtaking Jesuit church with a volcanic stone façade and an interior covered in gold leaf. Explore the University of San Gregorio and then walk down ancient streets on your way to La Ronda, one of the most traditional Quito streets. Next up, visit a woodcarving workshop. Watch the artisans carving, gold plating, and setting in the old Quito style. Ask them questions and maybe even give it a go yourself. Then, learn how to make chocolate in the local old-fashioned way. Taste several varieties of some of the best chocolate in the world. Finally, stop at one of the most traditional ice cream shops of the old town. Try local flavors such as morocho corn and quinoa.

Quito: Family Walking Tour

9. Quito: Family Walking Tour

Experience a rewarding adventure with your family on this exclusive walking tour. Listen to a local professional guide explain the many famous cultural and architectural sites of Quito. Stroll through the city center with your family on this two-hour tour at an easy pace. Have fun learning about Quito’s fascinating history and hearing stories that both the adults and kids are sure to enjoy.

Floreana Island Full Day Tour

10. Floreana Island Full Day Tour

Departure from Puerto Ayora at 8:00 a.m. to board the yacht that will take you to Floreana Island. Departure from Puerto Ayora at 8:00 a.m. to board the yacht that will take you to Floreana Island. Visit Enderby islet where will sail around the island to see different species of birds such as blue-footed booby, frigates, seagulls, etc. If weather conditions allow us this is a perfect spot for snorkeling. This is the habitat of sea lions, turtles, exotic fish, thousands of tropical fish, barracudas, black coral, whitetip and Galapagos sharks, moray eels, some hammerheads, and eagle rays. 13:00 pm Lunch onboard After lunch, we visit Cormorant Point on the archipelago’s southern Floreana Island, which features a golden-greenish beach rich in olivine. It`s a collection of volcanic crystals originating in the Earth’s mantle and composed of aluminum, silica, magnesium, and iron, as well as eroded tuff, remains, all of which are responsible for the sand’s unique color. Not far inland, a brackish lake home to a variety of migratory and coastal birds is also ideal for flamingo-watching. Finally, we will visit the Pirate´s Cave where you will just walk and relax on the beach. Return to Puerto Ayora.

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What people are saying about Pichincha

At first I thought this seemed a bit expensive but I can promise, you definitely get your money’s worth! The guides took me literally everywhere in the city, I saw so many different things, and they were incredibly knowledgeable. They made me feel very safe on the bike despite it being a busy city. If you want to get to know quito better, I highly recommend this tour. My only regret is I wish I’d done it on one of my first days so I would’ve been able to take advantage of everything I learned!!

The guide spoke english well and was able to relay his deep knowledge of the history for the churches and districts we visited. He was very receptive for our wishes of what we wanted to see or spend some more time on. A very enjoyable 4 hrs.

We had a wonderful day, Erica and Alberto went above and beyond to make our day enjoyable. From Mindo to the chocolate factory everything was for our benefit. Even to giving me a helping hand up some of the steeper parts.

This tour was great. Tour guide Roberto knew so much about the history of Ecuador, the solar system, equator and you name it. Very educational, interesting and fun too, recommended!

A really great, interesting tour with Ernesto and Diana, we spent a wonderful day, can only be recommended.