Day 1 - Sunday: Transfer Airport / Hotel
Day 2 - Monday: Breakfast. Northern and south Hemisphere Experience in the Middle of the World.
We go to the "Middle of the World City", where you can see the monument that divides the northern hemisphere from the southern hemisphere of the planet. It was built during the XVII century when a French Expedition defined the precise location of the equatorial line that divides the world and it is a must-see place for those who visit Quito. Includes entrance to the Middle of the World complex ,where you can live experiences that defy the laws of physics and occur only in this part of the world. After visiting this privileged place and registering it in your passport, you will always see Ecuador and the Middle of the World in a different way.
Day 3 - Tuesday: Breakfast. Sumerge into Ancestral Otavalo Culture.
Departure from our designated hotels in Quito through the Pan-American North Highway until arriving to Cayambe, where the passengers will have the opportunity to taste the delicious “Bizcochos de Cayambe”, a type of cracker or bread baked in a clay oven (greatly paired with local cheese or caramel sauce). After admiring Lake San Pablo, we will arrive at the Otavalo Market, the largest in America, where the indigenous people of the area, known as "Otavalos", one of Ecuador's most recognized ethnic groups, make and sell their textiles and handicrafts.
Passengers may choose between to stay in this area and enjoy more time from the market and our bus will pick them up at the end of the tour (they will not have the visit to Cotacachi and Cuicocha), or continue with the journey to the town of Cotacachi, recognized for leather clothing and crafts. On the way to Cotacachi, we will visit an andean instrument workshop "Ñanda Mañachi" located in the area of Peguche, to spend some special moments with the local people and understand the Andean culture.
In Cotacachi you have enough time to visit the village, the shops of leather goods and free time for lunch, (not included).
Later we will visit the Ecological Reserve where the Cuicocha lagoon is located, inside the crater of the Cotacachi Volcano, which originated after a volcanic explosion thousands of years ago. And if the weather permits it will be possible to make a walk by the lagoon, that is to say sailing in the crater of the volcano in small boats (with additional cost).
- Bus will wait for 10 minutes in Otavalo to pick up passangers that stayed there, and after that will return to Quito and their respective hotels or starting point.
Day 4 - Wednesday: Breakfast. Breakfast. Culture & traditions of Quito Quito, Street Food & Art Urban Legends of Quito at night
Route that starts in the center-north of the city in the commercial, banking and hotel area of Modern Quito.
We will move to one of the traditional markets of the city, where you can enjoy the colorful landscape produced by the stalls full of fruits and vegetables from all regions of our country.
Undoubtedly, this is a place full of familiar flavors, and the best opportunity to meet a variety of local consumer products that are mixed with the offer of very striking items such as herbs and healing, world-renowned roses and liquors of national production, among others.
Later we will visit the Guayasamín House Museum also known as “Capilla del Hombre” (entrance included), of the most important plastic artist of Ecuador in the modern era, and know the great value of the artistic heritage assets that this artist left the country.
At afternoon Quito, Street Food & Art
We will move to the traditional and historical Guapulo neighborhood, where we will walk through its picturesque cobblestone streets as the founders of the city of Quito did, and we will enjoy its incomparable viewpoint of the landscape of the valleys that surround the city and the church of Guapulo , old monastery of colonial construction.
We will continue to La Floresta, considered among the most emblematic neighborhoods of the city, nowadays the bohemian and artistic place of Quito, where we can admire the diversity of culture through its murals and graffiti.
We will visit some workshops of independent artisans, to know their informal exhibitions that give life to this neighborhood.
Finally we will have the opportunity to know the neighborhood food, recognized by by the locals, as the gastronomy offered in the streets and that is a trend of local consumption and unique flavors. At the same time we will learn the traditions that sourround the preparation of delicious dishes.
At night Urban Legends of Quito at night
We begin in the northern part of the city with a tour along the most important commercial areas, where you can find most of Quito's hotels and nightlife. Then we head to the historic center to admire the spectacle of thechurches and historic buildings illuminated and its main tourist attractions. (Tickets not included).
The tour continues to the Mirador del Panecillo, recognized for its beauty, where you can delight with a beautiful view of colonial and modern Quito.
During the tour, you can get to know the people who live in this city better, you will be able to recognize them by their way of speaking, thinking, and to visit our city, as our guide will tell you about urban legends that are part of the history of Quito and that are a tradition and the cultural heritage of the people of Quito.
Day 5- Thursday: Breakfast. Feel the Andes Volcanoes Adventure (Cotopaxi & Quilotoa Volcanoes)
Departure by bus from through the Panamerican Highway admiring the diverse ecosystems of the route, as a clear sign of the majesty of the Andes. We 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).
We reach the Quilotoa Volcano, which has in its crater a stunning turquoise lagoon, making it one of the most beautiful landscapes of Ecuador. We take a short hike to appreciate the magnificent view of the volcano (if weather conditions allow).
Free time for lunch (not included).
- Not included: entrance to the Cotopaxi National Park.
Day 6: Breakfast at hotel. Transfer Hotel / Airport.
- There is a maximum booking number of 4 people per day