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An off-the-beaten-path exploration of Quito

6 Days

Embark on an unforgettable 8-day journey through the captivating landscapes and rich cultures of Ecuador’s Andes. This tour takes you from the bustling streets of Quito to the serene beauty of natural wonders like the Cuicocha Lagoon and Quilotoa Lagoon. Immerse yourself in local traditions through craft beer tasting, cooking classes, and visits to vibrant markets. Explore the region’s diverse ecosystems with hikes on volcanoes like Pasochoa and encounters with unique wildlife. This expedition offers a perfect balance of exploration, cultural immersion, and outdoor adventure, showcasing the best of Ecuador’s highlands.

This offer is valid until 31 December 2024

Overview

Embark on an unforgettable 8-day journey through the captivating landscapes and rich cultures of Ecuador’s Andes. This tour takes you from the bustling streets of Quito to the serene beauty of natural wonders like the Cuicocha Lagoon and Quilotoa Lagoon. Immerse yourself in local traditions through craft beer tasting, cooking classes, and visits to vibrant markets. Explore the region’s diverse ecosystems with hikes on volcanoes like Pasochoa and encounters with unique wildlife. This expedition offers a perfect balance of exploration, cultural immersion, and outdoor adventure, showcasing the best of Ecuador’s highlands.

Highlights

  • Craft Beer Tour: Sampling local Ecuadorian brews.
  • Quito City Tour and Salsa Dancing: Exploring heritage sites and learning salsa.
  • Urban Bike and Chocolate Tasting: Biking through local neighborhoods and tasting Ecuadorian chocolate.
  • Pululahua Crater and Casa Ágave Visit: Seeing the inhabited volcanic crater and learning about agave uses and Miske traditional liquor
  • Hiking Rucu Pichincha Volcano: An adventurous climb with city views.

Daily Schedule

Day Highlights Location
Day 1 Arrival in Quito, Craft Beer Tour in Quito Quito
Day 2 Quito City Tour, Salsa Dancing Class Quito
Day 3 Urban Bike Tour in Quito, Chocolate Tasting in Quito Quito
Day 4 Pululahua Crater, Lunch at El Patio Restaurant, Visit to Casa Ágave Quito
Day 5 Hiking Rucu Pichincha Volcano Quito
Day 6 Free Morning in Quito, Departure

Itinerary

Transfer from Quito Airport to the City

Upon arrival at Quito's airport, your private driver will pick you up and take you to your hotel in the city center.

Craft Beer Tour in Quito

Enjoy the opportunity of sampling a variety of award-winning beers made in Ecuador. This refreshing and delicious tour lets you dive into Quito's craft beer culture, expanding your knowledge of beer and the city's history along the way.

Quito City Tour
Today you'll explore Quito on a private tour and see why it was the first city on earth to be designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978. Not only does it have geographical beauty, 17th-century colonial architecture, and distinct culture, but it's also one of the highest cities in the world at 9,350 feet (2,850 m) above sea level. Together with your local guide, you'll visit Baroque La Compañía, a church with a gold-covered interior, and the neo-Gothic La Basílica. You'll also take a walk down La Ronda, one of the oldest streets in the city, and then head to Panecillo Hill for skyline views.

Feel free to ask your guide for local recommendations along the way, including restaurants, that you can explore after the tour is complete.

Salsa Dancing Class
It is time for another adventure: a salsa dancing class! Learn basic steps and turns, listen to beautiful music, dive into Ecuador's dancing culture, and just have fun! Your teacher will make you sweat!

Urban Bike Tour in Quito
Today you'll take a half-day bike tour in Quito! At the appointed time, meet your guide in the northern part of the city where you'll set off on a four-hour bike tour through the neighborhoods of La Floresta, Carolina Park, and Iñaquito.

La Floresta is the place where you can see how urban art in the city is flourishing with its street murals, designers, and boutiques. Then, cycle through Carolina Park, which is spread over 165 acres (66 ha). Finish the tour in Iñaquito and visit the Mercado to sample street food followed by a look around the green space and murals of Isla Tortuga Park.

Chocolate Tasting in Quito
Today you will have an opportunity to participate in a chocolate tasting at a local facility in Quito! As a visitor, you'll learn how Ecuador cultivates a great deal of cocoa and then turns it into fine chocolate that is sometimes combined with tropical fruits or other local ingredients. During this one-hour chocolate-tasting experience, you will not only sample different types of chocolate, but you'll also learn about the history of cocoa in Ecuador.

Pululahua Crater
The Pululahua Geobotanical Reserve is a protected area located north of Quito. Its crater, the Pululahua crater, is one of only two volcanic craters in the world that is inhabited by humans - and the only one that is farmed! The land there is very fertile thanks to its volcanic soil. Many afternoons, a thick layer of fog or clouds covers the crater and gives it a mystic appearance.
You can enjoy the views from the viewpoint close to the entrance, or if you are up for some walking, you can hike down into the crater and take a walk there - it is up to you!

Lunch at El Patio Restaurant
Taste traditional Ecuadorian flavors with ingredients straight from the garden for lunch. At El Patio, sit outside while trying l dishes such as fritada quiteña (braised pork), cuarato de cuy (guinea pig), and fanesca (soup topped with hard-boiled egg, fried plantains, and nuts).

Visit to Casa Ágave
Agave grows wild in the Andes and you'll learn about the world of Andean agave at Casa Ágave—a museum, shop, and bar. See the process for making agave juice and liquor, and how the plant is also used to create clothing and instruments. Explore a garden, museum, and distillery and taste Agave in its many forms including miske, which is similar to mezcal.

Summit the beautiful Rucu Pichincha volcano today! Located directly next to Quito, it's a great and challenging day trip.

To start your adventure, take the cable car "teleferico" to the viewpoint Cruz de Loma at 13,123 feet (4,000 m). The hike to the summit at 15,413 (4,698 m) takes approximately 3-5 hours. During the first part of the ascent, the path leads you through páramo, the typical Andean vegetation. The second half is a bit more technical as the terrain gets rockier and steeper.

Once you reach the summit, enjoy the views (if the climate permits) and make your way back down.

Free Morning in Quito
Feel free to explore the city on your own this morning. Take a stroll through the narrow streets of Quito’s historic city center, visit one of the interesting museums, or do some souvenir shopping, for example at "Mercado Artesanal".

Are you a foodie? Check out traditional Ecuadorian food, either in typical restaurants or on the streets – for example “empanadas de viento”, fresh fruit juice, “hornado”, or “cevichochos”.

If you are up for some walking, take the cable car Teleferico and enjoy spectacular views of the city and surrounding mountains from the Pichincha Volcano at 4.000 m.

Transfer to Quito Airport, Depart
It's time to say goodbye to Ecuador! Enjoy a leisurely morning in Quito before your driver transfers you to Quito Airport for your ongoing departure. Safe travels!

Cost

Included

  • - Private Airport transfers in Quito
  • - Accommodation in selected hotels
  • - Private English-speaking guide and transportation thought the whole itinerary
  • - Activities as mentioned in the itinerary (subject to change)

Excludes

  • International flights
  • The meals not mentioned in the trip plan
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance, and repatriation insurance
  • Optional excursions, activities, and optional tours
  • Reservations marked as “reserved by traveler” are reservations that the traveler is responsible for directly.
  • These items are not reserved or supported by authenticecuador and are included in the trip plan just for completeness

    From $1125
    / Adult
    • Location Highlights
    • 6 Days
    • Quito, Pululahua Crater, Rucu Pichincha Volcano
    • Starting at $1125

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