TTU.311 Quito and its surroundings

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5 Days + 4 Nights



5 Days + 4 Nights - TURALEZA TOURING

Quito Surroundings

Program Includes.

  • Tourist transport throughout the tour.
  • 04-night accommodation in Quito city.
  • Daily breakfasts
  • National Tourism Guide throughout the tour.
  • Visit to the city and the Mitad del Mundo.
  • Visit to the Indigenous Market of Otavalo
  • Visit to the Papallacta hot springs.
  • Hotel taxes.

Tentative itinerary

Day 1. Quito transfer in.

Reception at the airport and transfer to chosen hotel.


Day 2. Quito city tour and Mitad del Mundo.

At first we pick you up at the hotel to head towards the historic center of the city, a captivating urban jewel that has the largest and best-preserved colonial enclave in Latin America, and the very first city in the world to be declared Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 1978. The tour starts at the Guápulo Viewpoint where you can see the Church and Convent of the same name.

Then, the tour takes Av. 12 de octubre in direction to the National Assembly, where there is a mural with a historical review of the Country. We continue the Alameda park, which is one of the first parks in the city. We arrive at the unique Basilica of the National Vow, different due to having gargoyles in the shape of animals of the Ecuadorian fauna as part of the decoration of the Church. We will have a brief stop and explanation; we continue towards the Plaza de la Independencia, where we must walk. We will visit the Metropolitan Cathedral, The Church of the Sagrario, the Company of Jesus, and the Church of San Francisco (It does not include tickets.) We return to our transport to visit the Panecillo viewpoint, from where you can see the whole city, in its four cardinal points.


Afterwards, we head north and towards the “Mitad del Mundo City” (includes entrance) where there is the monument that commemorates the arrival of the French Geodesics who together with Pedro Vicente Maldonado in the colonial era made measurements to determine the center of the world.

In this place you have the possibility to change hemispheres with a single step. Inside the monument there is a recount of the Ethnic groups that exist in the country. You can visit the Intiñan Museum (Tickets not included). Here you can carry out different entertaining and exclusive experiments due to the fact of being in the middle of the equator. Return to the hotel.


Día 3. Quito – Otavalo.

We leave the city through the “Panamericana Norte” highway with panoramic view of the city. We will stop at Guayllabamba where you can taste the “custard apples” typical fruit of the area. We will cross the equator through the town of Cayambe where our guide will give us a delicious biscuit and “leaf cheese”, typical products of the area. We will stop at the Lago San Pablo viewpoint, in order to photograph it and observe the majestic Imbabura Volcano. We continue until we reach Otavalo.

The Handicraft Market of this town is possibly the best known in South America, and every Saturday it is packed with different stands where there are hand-made creations made the indigenous Otavaleños. From jewelry, ceramics, tapestries, embroidery, hats, paintings to even musical instruments are offered. The mixture of colors, smells and sounds that invade the Plaza de Los Ponchos is a spectacle. Later, we will visit the town of Cotacachi, where we can see items made of leather and have free time for lunch (not included.) Return to the city of Quito.


Día 4 Quito – Papallacta

Pick up at your hotel. We will go to Papallacta, located at 67km from Quito towards the east. Papallacta is known for its hot springs and lagoon, where much of the drinking water for Quito is extracted. The hot springs of Papallacta, at 3300 meters high, are located on the shore of the Papallacta River. It is surrounded by bland lands with a great variety of Andean flora and fauna such as the Andean Condor, the national bird. Papallacta has 9 hot pools and 3 pools of cold water from the river, which give a very picturesque panorama.

Because it is located between 2 volcanoes, the Cayambe and the Antisana, their magma represents the source of heat for the hot springs. Temperatures may vary between 30ºC to 70ºC; these natural pools contain high percentages of sulfate, chloride, sodium, calcium and a trace of magnesium. They are odorless and colorless but leave a slight salty taste. These waters have healing properties such as: improving intestinal function; anti-allergic, anti-inflammatory, diuretic and anti-rheumatic effects; aid in respiratory, renal arthritic problems. It is a perfect place to relax and enjoy the treatment of thermal baths or do horseback riding and short walks. In the afternoon return to Quito. (Does not include lunch)


Day 5. Quito Transfer out.

Breakfast. Depending on the flight time, we will head to the airport.


End of services


Program Does not Include:

  • Meals not detailed.
  • Activities not described in the program.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Tips to guides and drivers


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