Quito affords easy access to many of Ecuador´s diverse activities and regions. We can help you explore these day trips according your interest and time. Below are some of the most popular Quito day trips and activities around of Quito.

Our trips can be arranged any day and you will be with a certificated English guide/driver up to 3 clients.

If the group is more than 4 people you will be with a driver and the English guide. This is just an example what you can do while you are in Quito but if you have more time and are interested to do something longer like go to jungle, Baños, Cuenca just let us know.

If you want to explore the treasures of Latin America´s ornate churches and flowered plazas, take a guided tour of the colonial center of Quito.

We visit the Panecillo hill in the middle of the old town (a lookout point in the old town), which affords the best view of Quito, then we come down to see the Presidential Palace, Independence Square, the Churches of San Francisco, La Compania and La Catedral.

The duration of the tour is about 3 or 4 hoursEntrance fees for the churches and Panecillo are not included in the price which is about $6.5USD P/P

Price: $35USD P/P, minimum 2 persons, (private tour)

Enjoy a drive into the old city and a stroll around the romantic plaza and churches by night.

The dramatic illuminations create unique atmosphere and highlands the baroque architecture that passes unnoticed during the day, we will finish the trip after a drive up to the hill of the Panecillo from where you see the all city and it’s surroundings.

After that your guide will drive you back to your hotel or to a local restaurant or a bar.

This trip takes about 2,5 or 3 hours depending of the traffic and can depart everyday night.

Entrance fees are not included in the trip.

Price: $35USD P/P, minimum 2 persons (private tour)

We go northern of the city for about 45 minutes to get to the “Middle of the World monument” that was built during the XVII century when a French expedition defined the precise location of the equatorial line.

We will go inside of the monument and then to the Inti Ñan local museum where you can see different experiments to prove that you are at the Center of the Earth.

This trip takes about 3 hours and can depart every day.

Price: $45USD P/P, minimum 2 persons (private tour) + Equator line USD10 Museums Entrance fee

About 5 to 6 hours tour

Price: $60USD P/P, minimum 2 persons (private tour) + entrée fees USD10. P/P

Otavalo market is considered one the biggest and best Indian markets in South America. Here you can find all the handicrafts that are made in Ecuador.

We head north along the Pan-American highway for 2.5 hours. On the way if you want we can visit the village of Calderon to see the bread figures and Cayambe to taste the typical ‘biscochos’ (local biscuits).

After you have explored the Otavalo market, we go to the leather market at Cotacachi or to Cuicocha Lake for a hike. The official Market Day is Saturday, but any other day is still interesting, and has less tourists.

This is a full-day tour, leaving at approximately 8AM any day.

Price: $70USD P/P, minimum 2 persons (private tour) 8 hours tour

We depart by private JEEP for about 2 hours by avenue of the volcanoes till we get to the impressive Cotopaxi, an active volcano at a height of 5,897 meters.

During our stay at the National Park we will visit its museum, to learn about the natural environment of the place, its animals and plants, and visit the Limpiopungo lagoon.

Then we walk approximately 1.5hrs to the refuge at 4800m In the afternoon, you will return to Quito.

This is a full-day trip and we departure early in the morning.

Price: $95USD P/P, minimum 2 persons (private tour) 8 hours tour

Saquisili is another important market close to Quito, located in the south of Quito.

A wonderful scenic drive of approximately 3 hours gives you the opportunities to have great views of the volcanoes. Here, the Indians bring their products from over the highlands to sell, such as handicrafts from Salasaca, Otavalo and Chimborazo.

You will also find an animal market.

This is an intensive day and leaves early only on THURSDAY. 

Price: $110 USD P/P, minimum 2 persons (private tour) 8 hours tour

We depart in the morning towards the south east of Quito. Upon entering the Antisana reserve, we will be able to observe the impressive lava flows from the young volcano Antisana which form 2 lakes, above which nest and live Condors and other important Andean birds, which with weather permitting, we will be able to observe soaring above.

After we will arrive at the Hacienda Antisana (optional to have lunch over there), (3600masl), on the flanks of the forth-highest volcano in Ecuador, Antisana (5700masl), famous for the studies on volcanoes, carried out in the 18th century by Alexander Von Humbolt.

From here is possible to hike around the flanks of the volcano and observe much more flora and fauna. We return to Quito late that afternoon, after a full days tour.

We recommend to bring a box lunch.

Price: $65USD P/P, minimum 2 persons (private tour) 8 hours tour

We drive about 2 hours east of Quito on the road to Baeza, rest in the hot springs of Papallacta. The baths range from ice cold to hot as hell. Weekday visits are recommended over weekends, as the resort can become quite crowded on weekends.

We take a short cut, passing by the church of Guapulo and have a wonderful ride in the paramo (tundra). The highest point reached is 4150m; we descend to a spectacular setting at 3300m.

Things to do:

  • hot springs (different temperatures) big and small ones, while enjoying views of the Antisana volcano 5700m,
  • trekking up the river or just relax in the spa (ask for details in the hotel).

Option: Lunch at the restaurant offers typical dishes such as trout. Return to Quito in the afternoon.

This full-day trip departs daily at 8AM, entry to the pool cost USD 7 P/P

NOTE: Optional overnight at the hot spring resort 

Price: $65USD P/P, minimum 2 persons (private tour)

 

To see the cloud forest and to experience the changes in the temperature and vegetation, you have to go to Bellavista cloud forest. Bellavista cloud forest reserve is located at 0,00,46 latitude in northwestern Ecuador, on the edge of Choco which is among the most bio-diverse places in the word.

Things to do:

  • Birds here are always active, specially early morning. from the joy of watching hummingbirds on your private balcony, to exploring in search of elusive forest species, 320 species of birds have been recorded in the Tandayapa valley.
  • Hikes through primary and secondary forest.

This trip starts early in the morning

Entrances fee to the reserve $14.5USD p/p

Price: $70USD P/P, minimum 2 persons (private tour) 8 hours tour