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  • Quilotoa Lagoon: Full-Day Tour from Quito

    1. Quilotoa Lagoon: Full-Day Tour from Quito

    Drive south from Quito to the Quilotoa area and visit its famous lagoon. Along the way, you'll admire the beautiful Andean landscape and stop at the Shalala viewpoint. Next, you'll visit the community viewpoint and descend to the lagoon. Once there, you'll have free time to hike and explore the area. You'll return on a path that connects the lagoon to the community viewpoint. It's an intense walk, so if you're not in good shape, simply climb on a mule that will pack you back to the viewpoint. After a lunch break, you'll also stop at a Tigua craft workshop, famous for its colorful products, and visit the Toachi's Canon.

    A group tour (4 other parties joined us on a Thursday), the tour picked us up from our airbnb, and we made a couple of special stops along the way to Quilotoa (bathroom and breakfast break, fruit stands to purchase fruit for our lunch), and the views to Quilotoa were amazing. Quilotoa itself was gorgeous, but my party didn't venture down to the bottom because of concerns of elevation sickness, so we chose the hike around the rim (still a strenuous but rewarding experience, my dad slid and fell a couple of times, no major injuries other than his pride). The varieties of flowers and animals around made for excellent pictures. We ended the tour with a nice meal at a local hostel and then a quiet ride back. Carlos (our guide) and Hector (our driver, but also a guide for us while we hiked the rim) were fantastic, enthusiastic and knowledgeable. Much recommended!

  • Otavalo and Imbabura Sightseeing Tour from Quito

    2. Otavalo and Imbabura Sightseeing Tour from Quito

    Depart Quito and journey towards the Guayllabamba valley to see the Quitsato Sundial in La Mitad Del Mundo, built to share the astronomical knowledge of the pre-Hispanic cultures of the region. Pass over the line of the equator and continue towards the largest indigenous market in South America. Shop for souvenir textiles and traditional crafts at the Mercado de Ponchos, where the locals sell tagua nut jewelry, fake shrunken heads, hand-painted trays, spices, spools of wool and other interesting items under mushroom-shaped umbrellas. Get back to nature at the Peguche waterfall, popular with the locals who go there to take a sacred bath on the eve of Inti Raymi. Continue towards the caldera lake of Cuicocha in the Cotacachi-Cayapas Reserve (excluding holidays) and get stunning views of the Cotacachi Volcano before driving back to Quito.

    Longer day than expected (12 hours vs. 10 in the description), but worth it! All the stops were great. Bring an extra duffle bag to fill with all the beautiful textiles from the market, you'll want to buy everything.

  • Quito: Night Street Food and Local Drinks Tour

    3. Quito: Night Street Food and Local Drinks Tour

    Discover the diversity of Quito's street food scene and delight your palate at the favorite eateries in town. Begin your food adventure with sunset watching at a plaza and enjoy the panoramic views of the main valleys at your feet. Then it's time to dive into the food scene of Quito. First, sample a classic Andean drink and get ready for various foods samplings in two favorite neighborhoods. Eat like a local on this tour and be surprised by the diversity of plantain, potatoes, and yuca soaked in a tasty spicy salsa called ají. Experience the bustle of the crowded stalls where local cab drivers grab a quick bite before heading to their night shifts. Savor homemade traditional dishes and enjoy the time at one of the favorite markets in town, a gastronomic paradise showcasing the natural abundance of Ecuador. Finish off the evening with a visit to a classic speakeasy bar. Enjoy advanced ...

    A very good introduction to local food with a good guide. The terrain is very demanding and the portions are large

  • Quito: Chocolate Lovers Tour

    4. Quito: Chocolate Lovers Tour

    Discover why Ecuador produces some of the best chocolate in the world and meet the chocolatiers that are revolutionizing the world of the cacao on this tour from Quito. Immerse yourself in the process and make your own hands-on chocolate. Learn about cacao's diverse personality by sampling some beverages, salty courses, spices, flowers, alcoholic drinks in a harmonious yet inventive way. Finish the tasting by enjoying some of the best Ecuadorian coffee and local wines.

  • Quito: Ecuadorian Cooking Class and Local Market Tour

    5. Quito: Ecuadorian Cooking Class and Local Market Tour

    Your experience begins as you are collected from your accommodation in Quito. From there you will take a small market tour, which will allow you to see cherished produce of the region. Following that, you will proceed onward to a restaurant where you will be introduced to your chefs who will be leading you for the next stage of your activity. The recipes you will prepare on the day include locro quiteño, ceviche, and encocado, among other delicacies. These recipes have been specifically chosen due to the fact that many of the required ingredients can be found in most countries, allowing you to cook them back at home. Throughout the class the chef of the restaurant will accompany you, providing you with guidance with the preparation and presentation of each dish. Details about the history of the dishes and their origins will also be passed on to you. After completing the 3 established d...

  • Historic City of Quito and The Middle of the World

    6. Historic City of Quito and The Middle of the World

    Begin by a visit to one of South America's best preserved historic city centers. Go to the Basilica del Voto Nacional Church, where you can climb up its high domes. Move towards the Panecillo viewpoint, an iconic place in the city, renowned for its beauty and giant statue of the Winged Virgin - here you can admire a beautiful landscape of both colonial and modern Quito (entrance to churches not included). Continue on to the traditional La Ronda neighborhood. In this romantic setting you can find workshops where you can learn from a group of authentic artisans how their work is done. See historic trades that keep alive the cultural traditions of this charming city. Stop at Zona Rosa for approximately an hour and a half to have some free time for lunch (not included). You will then go to the Middle of the World City, where you can see the monument that divides the northern and southern h...

    Very inexpensive and easy way to learn about Quito. Our tour guide was friendly and informative. It was easy to book through the site and the built in GPS system in the app was extremely helpful to find the meeting point.

  • Quito: Urban Legends of Quito by Night

    7. Quito: Urban Legends of Quito by Night

    Start your Quito night tour in the northern part of the city and travel through the most important commercial areas where most of the hotels are located. Explore aboard a replica of the trams used in the city in the last century. Head to the historic center to gaze at the illuminated churches and main tourist attractions. Discover some of the city's unique landscapes (tickets not included). Then, continue to Mirador del Panecillo (entrance included) for a beautiful view of colonial and modern day Quito. During the tour, you will get to know the people who live in this city better, and begin to recognize their way of speaking and thinking. During your visit to the city, your guide will tell you all about the historic urban legends that are a part of the traditional and cultural heritage of the people of Quito.

    The tour at night had a very different perspective than that during the day. Many sites and buildings are lite up enhancing their beauty. A lot of interesting information was provided.

  • Quito: Street Food Essentials

    8. Quito: Street Food Essentials

    Begin your experience in Quito's main flea market, a hidden gem even for locals. Eat some of the best traditional dishes while understanding a classic working environment full of antiques and small treasures. Continue around the Basilica of the National Vow towards the eateries surrounding one of the oldest and most significant public schools, where most of the student's movements take place. Make your third stop in one of the busiest political areas, where the amount and quality of the eateries are beyond the imagination. Walk around beautiful street art toward the main park in downtown Quito, and get a glimpse of everyday life, national sports, and some of the most representative street eateries in town. As your first bites digest, stroll to the most mind-blowing stop to savor the most delicious culinary scene in the country: seafood from Manabí (famous for its inventive, resourceful...

    Nicholas was such an excellent guide, knowledgeable, personable, and a lot of fun. The food choices were excellent and varied. I'd absolutely do it again!

  • Otavalo: Small Group Market Tour from Quito with Lunch

    9. Otavalo: Small Group Market Tour from Quito with Lunch

    Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in Quito, and then journey by private vehicle towards the lively indigenous bazaar of Otavalo Market. Make brief stops at the village of Guayabamba and get an amazing view of San Pablo Lake and the surrounding landscape. Try some of the local biscochos (cookies) typical of the region along the way. Visit a weaving workshop in Peguche to learn about the handmade artisanal products and clothes typical of the region. Get back on the road to arrive at Otavalo Market and join the locals who come to sell their wares at the most spectacular market in Latin America. Buy unique souvenirs or just watch the hustle and bustle of the market vendors. Stop for lunch in the village of Cotacachi before making your way to the beautiful crater lake of Cuicocha at the foot of Cotacachi Volcano. Return to Quito at the end of a day full of activities and get dropp...

  • Quito: City Highlights and Food Tour

    10. Quito: City Highlights and Food Tour

    Explore Quito, the oldest capital in South America, from all of its angles. Get to know the main historical plazas, buildings, churches and parks. Admire downtown's colonial architecture with its mix of 19th century and modern style buildings. Get away from the main sites and explore lesser-known gems, like the main flea market in town, where you'll understand another side of every day local life. Explore a top food market, while eating traditional Ecuadorian cuisine favoured by the locals. Finish the journey sampling some of the best chocolate and coffee from the hands of a top chocolatier.

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What people are saying about Quito

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 18 reviews

A group tour (4 other parties joined us on a Thursday), the tour picked us up from our airbnb, and we made a couple of special stops along the way to Quilotoa (bathroom and breakfast break, fruit stands to purchase fruit for our lunch), and the views to Quilotoa were amazing. Quilotoa itself was gorgeous, but my party didn't venture down to the bottom because of concerns of elevation sickness, so we chose the hike around the rim (still a strenuous but rewarding experience, my dad slid and fell a couple of times, no major injuries other than his pride). The varieties of flowers and animals around made for excellent pictures. We ended the tour with a nice meal at a local hostel and then a quiet ride back. Carlos (our guide) and Hector (our driver, but also a guide for us while we hiked the rim) were fantastic, enthusiastic and knowledgeable. Much recommended!

It was absolutely worth it! The guide was super friendly and did a great job, he always tried to fulfill every single wish of the customers :) I would definitely recommend it, especially when you consider the low price!

Gustavo was an excellent guide. He is a Native Ecuadorian and knew everything about the City and Country. It was an immense please to spend the day with him and give him our highest recommendation

Excellant knowledge of destination. Spoke very good English. Only does private tours Very flexible to client requests and pickup times.We can recommend Gustavo without reservation.

Nicholas was such an excellent guide, knowledgeable, personable, and a lot of fun. The food choices were excellent and varied. I'd absolutely do it again!