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We offer a taste of the most exciting destinations in and around Quito accompanied by one of our specialist guides. All tours are private for you only which means that you get personalized attention throughout as well as a flexible itinerary to include all of your most important must-see sights and activities – just let your guide know your preferences at the start of the tour!

Prices include return transport to and from your hotel in Quito or Guayaquil with a licensed English-speaking guide for the day. All entry fees are excluded – these you can pay on the day depending on which activities you choose to do.

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Travel Style: 1 Full day Ecuador By Nautica

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Ecuador 1 Full Day Tours

Quito Middle of the World

Visit the colonial temples and monasteries of this urban jewel, designated by UNESCO a World Heritage Site, starting at the Independence Plaza, flanked by the Cathedral, the Presidential Palace, the Municipal Building and the Archbishop’s Palace. Visit the Church of La Compañía de Jesús. Then continue to the Equatorial Monument, 25 Kms. (16 miles) North of Quito, which marks the exact Middle of the World, latitude 0º, where you can stand with a foot on each hemisphere.

You will get a certificate for having crossed the Equator. ( Lunch included)

Cerro Santa Ana Guayaquil Ecuador

Our  visit starts along the main avenue of Guayaquil, the heart of the business district of the city, by the Centennial Park that honors the heroes of Guayaquil’s independence. A stop is made at Bolívar Park, with an equestrian statue of South America’s liberator, Simón Bolívar.

Then, a stroll along Guayaquil’s new and ravishing Malecon 2000, a 2.5 Km. (1.5 mile) waterfront, running parallel to the River Guayas and featuring historical, cultural and entertainment areas. To the north of the waterfront is Santa Ana Hill and the oldest neighborhood of Guayaquil & Las Peñas,

Lunch included

Otavalo Indigenous Market Ecuador

This excursion goes north, to the land of the Otavalos and South America’s most famous Indian fair along the Panamerican Highway through dramatic mountain scenery to the textile market of Otavalo, where guests will enjoy visiting the many stalls full of ponchos, scarves, blankets, wall hangings, woven belts (fajas), hats, handbags and much more.

Then, proceed to Peguche, an Indian village very near Otavalo that is home to the artisans who do the weaving in their homes; guests can learn about their culture and everyday life. Lunch is at one of the charming country inns or haciendas of the area.

Cotopaxi National Park

A special nature lovers’ full-day tour to the world’s highest active volcano in Cotopaxi National Park, discover the Andean moorlands or paramo and enjoy breathtaking landscapes. Lunch at a charming hosteria or hacienda.

Entrance fee to Cotopaxi National Park is extra.

Warm clothing is needed and hat or cap. Sunblock (SPF 40). Good walking shoes. Camera (wide angle lens). Binoculars. Sunglasses. Altitude: 2800 to 4000 meters (9800 – 12,120 feet)

Average Temperature Day: 8° to 20° C (46° to 68° F).

Mindo Cloud Forest Birdwatching

The excursion to the renowned Mindo-Nambillo Protected Forest has been specially designed for bird watchers and nature lovers. The Valley of Mindo is within the protected Mindo-Nambillo forest, located a short two-hour drive to the northwest of Quito. Then, a visit to the Butterfly Vivarium, housing 25 varieties of butterflies. Flight areas simulate the outside forest with water streams, mineral deposits, and a wide range of wild flowers. Hundreds of caterpillars feed on their host plants in their natural environment to assure the best development of pupae and butterflies. Lunch is served at a restaurant of the area.
Dress in layers (T-shirt, blouse, sweater, coat). Take rain protection. This tour includes walking at altitudes between 4,700 to 1,400 meters, (15,700 to 4,600 feet). Sun protection (SPF 40). Hat or cap.

Good walking shoes and an extra pair of socks. Binoculars are essential

Papallacta Hotsprings

This tour is dedicated for those who would like to be pampered in a unique natural site. Get ready to relax at Termas de Papallacta Spa and Resort. We will drive through the same route taken by the Spanish conquer Francisco de Orellana in 1542, in his quest across the Amazon basin to reach the glorious Amazonas River. We reach Termas de Papallacta, where we will spend the day enjoying the hot thermal pools that are part of the complex located on the banks of the Papallacta River in a unique natural environment.

Trip Highlights
Relax in curative and comfortable volcanic hot springs in a quality spa setting.
Explore the cloud forest reserve and search for bird life on a laid-back nature walk.
Optional spa services are highly recommended.

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