Shared Basis Daily Tours

QUITO CITY TOUR OR MIDDLE OF THE WORLD

Departures: Daily
It is included: English speaking guide / Private Transportation
It is not included: Meals and Entrances fees

The tour begins visiting the Quito`s downtown, one of the biggest in South America, our first point is the oldest street of the city, La Ronda, that used to be the home of musicians, poets and politics back in time. Here we will encounter with the traditions of the city first by stopping in the gastronomic capsule, to have an explanation of the different local spices that are used for the typical Ecuadorian gastronomy. Continuing we will visit the house of handicrafts made of metal and wood most of them designed for the traditional churches and made by hand for furniture decoration. After we are done with la Ronda we will visit the Independence Square, surrounded by important historical buildings. Visit the Cathedral (XVI Century), the Presidential Palace, El Sagrario Church (XVII Century), and La Compañia de Jesus (XVII Century), one of the most beautiful baroque churches in South America, Not to be missed are the Church of San Francisco and Monastery, built a few months after the arrival of the Spaniards (XVI Century). Finally we will drive to the viewpoint at the Penecillo hill, where is located the virgin of Quito, the unique winged virgin of the world. You will have a wonderful view over the city and the surrounding mountains and volcanoes.

MIDDLE OF THE WORLD

Departures: Daily

It is included: English speaking guide / Private Transportation

It is not included: Meals and Entrances fees

We will drive 30 km. north of Quito, towards the Middle of the World where the equatorial line divides the northern and southern hemispheres. We will visit the main monument built in honor of the French scientific expedition that arrived in Ecuador in the XVIII century to determine the correct location of the equator line. Here you will have the opportunity to visit the Inti Ñan Museum, a scientific and cultural museum, located in the exact crossing of the Equator Line. Return to Quito.

CITY TOUR & MIDDLE OF THE WORLD

Departures: Daily

It is included: English speaking guide / Private Transportation

It is not included: Meals and Entrances fees

The tour begins visiting the Quito`s downtown, one of the biggest in South America, our first point is the oldest street of the city, La Ronda, that used to be the home of musicians, poets and politics back in time. Here we will encounter with the traditions of the city first by stopping in the gastronomic capsule, to have an explanation of the different local spices that are used for the typical Ecuadorian gastronomy. Continuing we will visit the house of handicrafts made of metal and wood most of them designed for the traditional churches and made by hand for furniture decoration. After we are done with la Ronda we will visit the Independence Square, surrounded by important historical buildings. Visit the Cathedral (XVI Century), the Presidential Palace, El Sagrario Church (XVII Century), and La Compañia de Jesus (XVII Century), one of the most beautiful baroque churches in South America, Not to be missed are the Church of San Francisco and Monastery, built a few months after the arrival of the Spaniards (XVI Century). Finally we will drive to the viewpoint at the Penecillo hill, where is located the virgin of Quito, the unique winged virgin of the world. You will have a wonderful view over the city and the surrounding mountains and volcanoes.
We will drive 30 km. north of Quito, towards the Middle of the World where the equatorial line divides the northern and southern hemispheres. We will visit the main monument built in honor of the French scientific expedition that arrived in Ecuador in the XVIII century to determine the correct location of the equator line. Here you will have the opportunity to visit the Inti Ñan Museum, a scientific and cultural museum, located in the exact crossing of the Equator Line. Return to Quito.

OTAVALO INDIGENOUS MARKET (8 hours)

Departures: Tuesday and Saturday

It is included: English speaking guide / Private Transportation

It is not included: Meals
Drive north towards Imbabura, “the lakes” – Province. Enjoy an exciting trip by tasting exotic fruits in the Guayabamba valley, cross the Equator Line at Cayambe where on a clear day, it is possible to admire its majestic snow-capped mountain (5,790 m.), the world´s highest point where the Equator Line crosses, and try its famous salt biscuits with leaf cheese.
At the foot of Imbabura mountain enjoy the picturesque view of Ecuador’s largest lake-San Pablo. Afterwards, visit the famous Otavalo Indian Market, where vendors proudly offer a stunning variety of weavings – such as the famous ponchos – among other textiles like rugs, mittens and scarves. We compare the market with a rainbow due to the colors of the textiles exhibited. You can also find handcrafts, jewelry and other artisan work.
Afterwards, we will visit Cotacachi Village known for its leather products and the Cuicocha Crater Lake. Return to Quito.

COTOPAXI NATIONAL PARK

Departures: Thursday and Sunday

It is included: English speaking guide / Private Transportation

It is not included: Meals and Entrances fees

Drive along the Pan-American Highway known as “The Volcanoes Avenue” towards one of the world´s highest active volcanoes – Cotopaxi (5,897 m). We will reach the entrance of Cotopaxi National Park and drive on a third class road through a pine forest to Limpiopungo lagoon, a glacial Andean lake located at 3,800 m, along the slopes of the magnificent Cotopaxi volcano. If weather conditions allow, we will drive further to the parking lot located at 4,500 meters in order to hike up to the shelter at 4,800 meters.

After the Cotopaxi we will visit one of the Indigenous Markets in this region, depending on the day. Return to Quito.

QUILOTOA CRATER LAKE

Departures: Monday

It is included: English speaking guide / Private Transportation

It is not included: Meals / Entrances fees

 

This day we will combine our visit the Quilotoa Crater Lake with a local indian market (it varies according the day). Every local and indigenous market has its local flare. The Quilotoa Crater Lake is located in the province of Cotopaxi, and is part of the ecological Reserve Ilinizas. The beautiful lake in the crater, with its emerald colored water, will take your breath away. During the trip we will enjoy the picturesque landscape, seeing on the way rural indigenous people in their small agricultural communities. This lagoon is not just any lagoon; it’s a lagoon with a legend. A legend about King of volcanoes Quilotoa who used to live on the surface of the lagoon. He faced many battles with his worst enemy, Toachi, who was living beneath the surface of the lagoon. The temperature is warmer inside than outside, it’s a half-hour hike down from the viewpoint (and 1-2 hour hike back up the 280-meter vertical ascent). Return to Quito.

PAPALLACTA HOT SPRINGS

Departures: Friday
It is included: English speaking guide / Private Transportation / Entrances fees

It is not included: Meals

Drive the same route taken by Francisco de Orellana on his way to explore the legendary “El Dorado”, in the Ecuadorian Amazon Region, towards the moors of the Eastern mountain range. During this trip you will appreciate the radical change of scenery due to altitude variation. Surrounded by a beautiful landscape at 3,300 m level you will discover Papallacta Hot Springs. Here you will enjoy a relaxing bath in the natural hot waters. After that, a short walk in the moors to observe the unusual local flora. Return to Quito.

MINDO CLOUD FOREST

Departures: Wednesday
It is included: English speaking guide / Private Transportation

It is not included: Meals and Entrances fees

In the morning we will head towards the northwest of Ecuador. After 2 hours, arrive in Mindo, an ecological paradise where hiking through the forest makes you enjoy the diversity of plants and animals. You will learn how Indians use these plants to their benefit.
Enjoy the landscape of this wonderful place where you can also visit the Mariposario and chocolate factory. In the afternoon visit an Orchid garden. Drive back to Quito.