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  • Cotopaxi National Park & Quilotoa Full-Day Tour

    1. Cotopaxi National Park & Quilotoa Full-Day Tour

    Depart by bus from through the Panamerican Highway admiring the diverse ecosystems of the route, as a clear sign of the majesty of the Andes. Continue to the Cotopaxi National Park, arriving at the foot of the impressive active volcano. Visit the Museum Park, the Limpiopungo Lagoon and and through an interesting hike will reach the forest of chuquirahuas to 4200 meters. (if the weather permits). See the Quilotoa Volcano. With a stunning turquoise lagoon in its crater, it's one of the most beautiful landscapes of Ecuador. Take a short hike to appreciate the magnificent view of the volcano (if weather conditions allow) and enjoy time for lunch at your own expense.

    Is was the highlight of my trip. Raul and Andres were punctual and very knowledgeable about every aspect of the trip. Andres was a great teacher and obviously loves what he does. He is an ideal guide.

  • Quilotoa Lagoon: Full-Day Tour from Quito

    2. 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!

  • Cotopaxi National Park Full-Day Tour from Quito

    3. Cotopaxi National Park Full-Day Tour from Quito

    Visit Cotopaxi National Park in Ecuador’s Andes Mountains. The park is home to the active Cotopaxi volcano that towers 19,642 feet above sea level. When you reach the park your naturalist guide will show you the exceptional variety of flora and fauna. Hike to the Limpiopungo lagoon, located on the slopes of the volcano. Stop at the lagoon for a short rest to take in the landscapes and the spectacular views of the volcano. Continue the hike to the Jose Ribas shelter and experience the environment at almost 16,000 feet above sea level.

    Very nice place to visit. It's very cold, you can see nice view. I definitely recommend it.

  • Quito: Private Mindo Cloud Forest Tour with Cable Car Ride

    4. 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.

    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.

  • Mindo Cloud Forest Small Group Tour from Quito

    5. Mindo Cloud Forest Small Group Tour from Quito

    Benefit from pickup at your hotel in Quito, and then get stunning views of the Andes Mountains as you drive north-west to the unique Hummingbird Garden. See 10 to 20 different species of hummingbirds, depending on the season or time of the day, and try local tropical fruits. Take a 1-hour walk into the cloud forest to admire the diverse flora and fauna up close. Look for endemic species of plants and animals found nowhere else on earth as you encounter a series of beautiful streams and waterfalls.  Reach the protected Mindo Cloud Forest Reserve to experience the astonishing beauty of one of the highest biodiverse sites in the world. Avail of all the activities at your own expense, such as a zip line across the forest canopy, or rappelling down rocks.

    Exceptional small group tour with flexibility to choose from multiple activities. Unique animals and scenery!

  • From Quito: Quilotoa Lagoon Full Day Tour

    6. From Quito: Quilotoa Lagoon Full Day Tour

    Your full-day tour begins with an early morning pick-up from your accommodation in Quito. From there, you'll be driven south through the Avenue of the Volcanoes, passing through the towns of Latacunga and Pujilí. The first stop will be at a local house of the indigenous Paramos people. You will be discover their traditions, farming techniques and way of life, explore their home and interact with them. After this visit, the tour heads to the town of Tigua, famous for its native paintings. You will continue up to the Quilotoa volcano, where you will be able to descend to the lake inside the crater, or just walk around the edge if you prefer. You can also enjoy a fun experience riding a mule. Enjoy lunch (optional), and gaze in awe at the most beautiful landscapes in Ecuador's highlands, dotted with indigenous villages. Finally, you will be returned to your accommodation in Quito.

  • Cotopaxi National Park: Private Tour from Quito

    7. Cotopaxi National Park: Private Tour from Quito

    Depart from Quito at approximately 08:00 by the "Pan-Americana Sur" way, admiring the beautiful Andean landscapes.  Visit the National Park with its interpretation center and learn about the indigenous animals. Stop at Lake “Limpiopungo” and also climb to the refuge of the highest active volcano "Cotopaxi" of 5,897 meters high.   Cotopaxi National Park is a protected area located in Ecuador Latacunga Canton in the province of Cotopaxi in Ecuador. Inside the park and in the territory of the province of Cotopaxi is the snow-capped Cotopaxi volcano. Its ecosystem is home to several arboreal species, especially pine, live species of cypress, pine, spruce and ash trees. Finally, rest and enjoy nature at a hotel refuge where you can taste a hot and delicious traditional lunch before returning to Quito.

  • Mindo-Ziplining, Equator Museum and Chocolate Factory

    8. Mindo-Ziplining, Equator Museum and Chocolate Factory

    Mindo is a mountain area watershed or landmark located at the western side of the Ecuadorian Andes, where two of the most bio-diverse ecoregions in the world meet, the Chocoan lowlands and the Tropical Andes. This private tour is recommended for all types of adventurous travelers. Below you’ll find the standard itinerary. As this is a private tour you can modify it to your own preferences. You can choose between a chocolate tour in Mindo, tubing in the river (cold water!), a butterfly tour, a tour at the Inti Nan museum and much more! Hotel pickup and drop-off is included. All hours are approximate, except for the starting time. 7:00 AM Pickup at the hotel in Quito and start driving to Mindo 9:30 AM Coffee and delicious brownie at chocolate factory Quetzal (chocolate tour optional) 11:00 AM Canopy tour (10 lines) 1:00 PM Lunch at a local restaurant 4:00 PM Visit to the Intiñan museum,...

  • From Quito: Cotopaxi Hiking and Biking Tour

    9. From Quito: Cotopaxi Hiking and Biking Tour

    This is the best way to discover the stunning landscapes of the Cotopaxi National Park. You will be collected from Quito and taken to the national park, to discover the world's highest active volcano. Once there, there will be plenty of options, including around a one-hour cycling descent, and hiking. You will see lots of fascinating wildlife on the tour, including wild horses, foxes and sometimes even Andean condors. Don't miss this opportunity to discover one of the gems of the Andes on a convenient day tour, including both hiking and mountain biking - it's a fun and easy way to see a famous national park.

  • Mindo's Cable Car and Waterfalls

    10. Mindo's Cable Car and Waterfalls

    On the Tarabita, you travel between mountain tops, stopping at the falls entrances. The destination begins the walk towards the Nambillo waterfall, which is roughly a 15 minute walk. This spot is magnificent for swimming and photography. Feel free to spend some time here soaking in the beauty. Next, take a hike to either the Sanctuary of Waterfalls or the exclusive path to the Reina Waterfall. The Sanctuary of Waterfalls is roughly a 30 minute walk, and Reina Waterfall is roughly a 60 minute walk. Both tracks are surrounded by virgin forest, where you will have the chance to spot wildlife and unique flora along the way. This round trip, allows you return on the cable car, so you can spend more time adventuring in the forest.

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What people are saying about Quito

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!

Awesome tour and Diana was a great guide. Beautiful views of the lake and we even enjoyed a quick boat ride around the lake. A great experience for my first time visiting Quito. The hike was challenging for me bc I’m a beginner but it was definitely worth it. You can rent donkeys to take you back up to the top.

Fantastic trip! Knowledgeable and friendly guides. Loved the stops along the way there- getting to learn more about the culture. This was one of the best parts of my Ecuador trip!

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

Very nice place to visit. It's very cold, you can see nice view. I definitely recommend it.