Away from crowds
Private small tour experiences
Fully-customizable visits during the itinerary depending on your interests.
The largest Colonial Center in the Americas
Quito’s Historical Center has marveled many a traveler throughout history—including famed globetrotters like Alexander von Humboldt and Simon Bolívar—and became the first city to be declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978.
The sheer concentration of Colonial churches in Quito’s old town—there seems to be one on every block—has converted the urban core into a world-class sightseeing destination. Sculpture, art, and design highlight classic Catholic iconography as well as the Arabesque patterns and motifs that smother walls and pillars of one of the most coveted Baroque Art talent troves this side of the Americas.
Among the dozen or more beautiful churches in Quito, an authentic piece de resistance is Iglesia de La Compañía, one of Latin America’s architectural wonders, chock-full of gold leaf, Christian symbolism, and Baroque mastery. Second on the list—though arguably a complete experience overall—is Iglesia San Francisco, the continent’s most significant religious complex, with its excellent museum, stunning courtyards, chapels, and main church, which is still very much a part of everyday life for the hundreds of devotees that visit every day.
The next day, choose to visit one of many divergent ecosystems and great diversity in both nature and culture formed around the Andes. From cloud forests to snow-peak mountains, cold páramo streams to warm, forested waterfalls or wonderful cross-cultural encounters, as the Andes are home to over thirty distinct ethnicities, groups that recognize their many subtle differences in traditions, rituals, and dress.
|Operates: daily||When to go: this is a year-round destination|
|Highlights: Quito UNESCO World Heritage||Physical Level: easy|
|Interests: Architecture, Cultural, historical buildings||Attire: dress in layers|
|Weather: temperatures ranging from 66 to 48°F. You might expect sunny mornings and afternoon showers from October to May. The rest of the year, the weather is dry and sunny.||Important notes: Consider Quito’s altitude! Over 9,000 ft.|
|Day 1||Arrival at Quito international airport. Your guide will await you at the international arrivals hall. Transfer to your hotel in Quito.||-/-|
|Day 2||Your first visit starts at Quito´s nucleus, Plaza Grande, or ‘large square’, where the activity seems to converge from every corner of the city. The beautiful gardens and emblematic heritage trees—which include endemic Andean palms that grow tall at over 2500 meters above sea level—are cupped by the city’s most important buildings, including the Presidential Palace, City Hall, the Archbishop’s Palace, and Quito’s Cathedral, as well as vistas from the San Francisco bell towers, Santo Domingo domes, the impressive interior of La Compañia Church, or the memorable tower at the Basilica.
Before we end, taste one of the best chocolates in the world in Colonial Quito.
|Day 3||Today you can choose one of the following option to explore Quito´s surroundings:
Papallacta Hot Springs & Spa: Discover hot spring with a unique location up in the moorlands, surrounded by unique landscapes.
Hacienda El Porvenir: Enjoy a visit to this authentic working hacienda set high in the slopes of Cotopaxi Volcano.
Condor Adventure at Antisana Ecological Reserve: Antisana Volcano is one of the best places in Ecuador to watch condors soar the Andean blue skies.
Cultures and Markets of Otavalo
|Day 4||Transfer to the airport for your international or Galapagos departure flight.||B|
B = Breakfast / L = Lunch / BL = Box Lunch / D = Dinner
Per person in double/twin rooms and US Dollars
- Accommodations in selected hotels with daily breakfast.
- Private transfers from/to the airport
- English speaking guide and private transportation Meals as detailed on your itinerary (B= breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner, and BL= Box Lunch)
- All the required entrance fees
Additional to consider
- Meals not mentioned on your itinerary
- Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages on your excursions
- Personal expenses
- Tips for drivers & guides
- International or domestic air tickets
|Days||Accommodation||2021 Rates||2022 Rates|
|Quito & the Volcanoes Valley | 3 Days||Casa Gangotena 5*||$ 1,172||$ 1,181|
|Mama Cuchara 4*||$ 767||$ 778|
|Patio Andaluz 3*||$ 689||$ 700|
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Hacienda Zuleta is a rare gem hidden in the Ecuadorian Andes. We stayed there for three nights with Gloria, our guide. She was a wealth of knowledge, a patient+friendly guide!”
We loved the tapestry and workshops in Otavalo. During our stay, we loved to walk around Cuicocha crater lake! Quite a breathtaking view!”
Maria was excellent and courteous! She even helped me bargain in the Otavalo market! Meeting Belen, the hatmaker woman, was a unique experience!”
Gina was incredible! Excellent English, knowledge, and very pleasant.”
Giovanna is exceptionally knowledgeable, especially about Ecuadorian history & politics! She is an excellent storyteller”
Gloria was a joy to be with! She was very knowledgeable.”