Discover the amazingly diverse wildlife and scenic beauty of the cloud forests of Mindo during this 8-hour day trip from Quito. This unique ecological area is known for having one of the highest concentrations of biodiversity anywhere on earth, including numerous exotic species of birds along with a wealth of fun attractions. During your excursion, you'll first stop by the Hummingbird Garden and walk into the forest to admire the beauty of this natural reserve before proceeding to Mindo. In Mindo, you can choose from among a range of optional activities (at your own expense), including a visit to a chocolate factory, an orchid garden tour, ziplining, a bird-watching trip with a local expert, and much more.
Explore the rugged surroundings and stunning scenery of Cotopaxi National Park and Cotopaxi Volcano during this full-day trip. Enjoy a short hike into the Limpiopungo Valley before driving ever-higher into this sky-high region, stopping at the 15,800-foot (4830-meter) Padre Rivas Refuge. If you’re feeling up for it, you’ll continue to the 16,500-foot (5,050-meter) Cotopaxi Glacier. This Cotopaxi day trip also includes national park fees, a guide, bottled water, round-trip hotel transport and an optional trip upgrade with lunch.
Don’t let limited time in Ecuador stop you visiting the majestic Quilotoa Lagoon, an emerald crater lake surrounded by mountain landscapes. Reach the natural wonder the easy way on this full-day tour from Quito, ideal for nature lovers. Stop at a traditional craft market before arriving in Quilotoa National Park and opting to hike or ride a mule (own expense) to the rim of the dormant volcano. Lunch and transfers are included.
Immerse yourself in the wild terrain of Ecuador’s Cotopaxi National Park during this combination biking and hiking excursion. Journey through the surreal volcanic landscape and grassy highlands in Cotopaxi to begin a hike to the 15,780-foot (4,810-meter) Jorge Rivas Refuge. You’ll also have a chance to admire the park’s glaciers amidst the sky-high environs of Limpiopungo Lagoon at 16,400 feet (5,000 meters). Finish your day with a thrilling (optional) downhill bike ride and lunch before returning to Quito. Your Cotopaxi adventure includes national park fees, breakfast and lunch and cycling equipment.
Enjoy an action-packed day trip to the scenic Kicker Rock Islet. Snorkel in one of the most biodiverse areas in the Galapagos Islands with wildlife ranging from hammerhead sharks to manta rays. Enjoy a tasty lunch, followed by time to explore a nearby deserted beach. You won't have to worry about how to get there as transfers between San Cristobal and Kicker Rock Islet are included.
This popular private tour hits all of Quito's top attractions. Follow your expert local guide through the capital city's historic district, stand on the equator and ride on the highest gondola in South America. This full-day experience is perfect for travelers who want to gain insight and understanding into the history and culture of Quito.
This is a full day tour from Quito to visit the Quilotoa Lagoon, an incredible turquoise-colored lake located inside the caldera of an active volcano. On the way to Quilotoa, you will also stop to enjoy breakfast at the scenic Chuquiragua Lodge, located in the foothills of the Cotopaxi Volcano. A great way to escape from the city and return to Quito the same day!
Spend the day exploring the stunning natural landscapes of Ecuador on this full-day Quilotoa Lake hiking tour from Quito. Your expert guide will lead you through tropical forests to one of the area's most beautiful lagoons. Make stops at a quiet village and local markets as part of this incredible day away from the city.
Discover indigenous arts and local markets during this cultural tour of Otavalo Market and Laguna Cuicocha from Quito. Escape the city and journey into Ecuador's more rural hillsides as you follow your guide through some of the area's top cultural attractions.
Saddle up for a thrilling horseback riding experience in the Cotopaxi National Park and enjoy spectacular views of the Andes Mountains. This private full-day tour from Quito includes a horseback adventure, plus hotel pickup and round-trip transport (extra cost for hotels outside the Urban Zone,) and is suitable for all abilities, including complete beginners.
Spend the day hiking around the Mindo Rainforest, replte with exoitc wildlife and verdant flora, on a full-day tour from Quito. Perfect for lovers of nature, this tour takes you to waterfalls and valleys of Mindo cloud forest, located in the shadow of the Pichincha Volcano. Visit a butterfly farm and hummingbird park, and opt to conquer a canopy adventure featuring hanging bridges and 10 ziplines at an additional cost. Lunch is included.
Get a sense of the architecture, history, and culture of Quito during this private tour visiting the city’s top sights. Start with an exploration of the historic city center of this Ecuadorian capital, visiting its main Basilica, Independence Plaza, and many more colonial-era sites. Then take a trip aboard the Teleférico to a peak more than 13,000 feet (4,000 meters) above the city for sublime views, finishing your day at ‘Mitad del Mundo,’ a monument marking where the earth’s equator splits the world into north and south.
Shop for one-of-a-kind souvenirs at an indigenous market and enjoy gorgeous scenery during this 8-hour trip to Otavalo Market from Quito. This fascinating market features a wealth of hand-made creations produced by local Andean communities, including textiles, leather goods and more. Enjoy sublime views of the Andes Mountains and San Pablo Lake during your drive to the site before hunting for souvenirs. On your way home, you can choose to visit Cotacachi, an artisan town famous for its leather goods, or Cuicocha Lake. Your shopping and scenery trip includes a guide, entrance fees, a snack, round-trip hotel transport and an upgrade with lunch.
Journey to the beautiful Quilotoa volcano, driving through stunning mountain scenery and stopping to visit local Andean communities, during this day trip from Quito. Travel along the spectacular ‘Avenue of Volcanoes’ passing beneath its towering peaks, eventually stopping at a village of an indigenous community, to explore a local home and learn about their daily life. Finish your day with a trip to the lagoon inside Quilotoa volcano. This day trip includes a guide, entrance fees, round-trip hotel transport, and lunch.
This is a family owned Eco farm that is totoally organic and grows the finest cacao in the world.....Ecuadoriano Nacional. We are unique in that we also grow Cafe Arabica which most Cacao farms do not grow. Our coffee is distributed only to our Cafe in Quito. This is not a tourist area as this is an undevleoped area with only small Ecuadorian farms.
We offer a local cusine lunch and if you decide to stay....we have cabins!
There are also botanical gardnes and exoctic birds on the property. Your party will be the only ones present on the farm during your tour.
The best and most economical way to arrive is by bus. We will meet you at our Cafe in Quito and then take the metro bus (or share and Uber or taxi) to the Ofelia bus station. The bus we use is complete with phone charger and internet....$4.00. We will have a taxi take us from the town of Pacto to the farm $5. The same cost for transportation for the return. Private transportation can be arranged...please inquire about pricing.
The Equator line and the Pululahua Crater are two of the most visited attractions around Quito. This private half-day tour combines both, with a visit to the Intiñan Equator Museum, followed by a scenic tour of Pululahua. Hotel pickup and drop-off in Quito's Urban Zone is included.
Immerse yourself in a thick vegetation of plants, trees and wild flowers of the Cloud Forest which is located on the edge of the Andes Western Mountain Range. Mindo is 98 km away from the Quito city. This forest is the transition zone between the highlands and the coast. The altitude ranges from 2000m (6562 ft) above sea level and 1000m above sea level (3281 feet). This natural region is located in the Protector Forest Nambillo - Mindo. The reserve covers approximately 2000 hectares almost 2000 soccer fields. In addition, Mindo is part of the ecological corridor or hotspot so called Chocoan-Darien that crossing over Ecuador to reach out Colombia. This eco-route is one of the most biodiverse and endangered habitats. Hence, this bio-diversity region is within the 10 most important eco-regions in the world.
See many volcanoes and understand why this region was named "The Avenue of the Volcanoes" by the German naturalist scientific Alexander von Humboldt. Mountains and green pastures are your companions on this journey. Visit a local market as part of the itinerary in order to discover new fruits, tubers and vegetables from the Inter-Andean region. Dare to taste on the way up a guinea pig that is roasted above hot charcoal, this meat is considered a delicacy to people who are living in the rural areas. Finally find the mystical lagoon of the gods.
Quito Cultural City Tour by Bike (Small Group)
This is our left-of-centre tour. Discover local life on a bike as you pedal your way around to see art and experience culture. Chocolate tasting, history, street art, markets, parks and spectacular views await you.
• 4-hour bike ride through La Floresta, Guapulo Alto, Mariscal Foch, Alameda
• Ideal tour for people who want to see something other than ‘just’ the touristy parts of Quito
• Cycle through verdant parks and experience amazing views of the city from some amazing vantage points
• Sample local food, chocolate, and juices
• Small groups, limited to 7 people
Skill Level: Easy
Distance: 13.5kms/ 8.5 miles
Altitude: 2862 metres above sea level
Maximum climb: Two easy hills (elevation 100 metres)
90% Bike Paths
Take a delicious and enriching class in traditional Ecuadorian cuisine. After a welcome drink, head to the market in the historic center with a local chef and select ingredients for three typical regional dishes: Locro Quiteño, Encocado and chocolate soup. Learn the history of each dish as you peel, cut, season and mix. Afterward, enjoy the fruit of your labor on the host’s lovely patio.
Experience the beauty and tranquility of one of Ecuador's top ecotourism sites on this Mindo shared day trip from the capital. Venture into Los Bancos canton, approximately two hours from Quito, and see the Nambillo Protected Forest on this small-group excursion. You'll spend an entire day exploring the rural countryside and get an up-close look at more than 500 species of indigenous birds, and dozens of various butterflies. This tour is perfect for the traveler who wants to escape the urban landscape and get back to nature.
See the best of Northern Ecuador on this Otavalo bus tour from Quito. Check out the indigenous markets with your professional guide, take a boat tour in Cuicocha Lake and see the stunning Penuche waterfall. You'll see the Quitsato Solar Clock, visit the equator, sample biscotti pastry and even stop at the home of a famous Ecuadorian musician. This tour includes all the must-see stops and is perfect for first time visitors and those who have traveled Ecuador but still want to see more.
Check out two of Ecuador’s top natural attractions—the Cotopaxi Volcano and Quilotoa lagoon—and their natural landscapes with ease on this day trip from Quito. Head to Cotopaxi National Park to see its snow-capped volcano—stopping to drink coca leaf tea on route to reduce altitude sickness—before visiting Limpiopungo Lagoon and Quilotoa’s turquoise caldera lagoon. Plus, during your trip, stop to browse a local market or two.