DETAILED ITINERARY

  • Day 1: Arrival in Quito 

You will be greeted at the airport and transferred to a centrally located hotel, near restaurants, bars, handcrafts and parks. Depending on your arrival time, you will have a free afternoon to settle in, adapt to the challenging altitude, and start discovering this beautiful city. 

  • Día 2:  Centro Histórico de Quito – Casa Museo Guayasamín.

After breakfast, our guide will pick you up at your hotel to travel towards old town Quito. We will start our walking tour in Plaza de la Independencia, Quito’s main square named after the country’s Independence from Spain. This is the location of some of Ecuador’s main administrative buildings such as the Presidential Palace, the Metropolitan Cathedral, and the Municipal building. The tour will continue to visit two of the most significant churches of the colonial area and the 17th and 18th century artistic movement knowns as the Quito School (Escuela Quiteña); the church of Society of Jesus (La Compañía de Jesús) known for its impressive gold-gilded nave, and the church of San Francisco where we will visit the temple and its impressive convent that houses the most important museum of religious art in the country.

Then, we will continue with the walking tour through several of the neighborhoods of this vibrant historic center. These areas still maintain traditional aspects of the daily life of quiteños. We will walk through Carmen Bajo convent, the so-called Queen’s Arch next to the City Museum, the emblematic La Ronda street, Santo Domingo Church, Junín street and San Marcos neighborhood. The tour will conclude at Espejo Street where travelers will have a lunch break and explore the nearby area on their own. Throughout this tour you will be able to discover a fascinating commercial system of artisanal and local products, and even some more peculiar ones.

In the afternoon, we will visit one of the best museums in the country, the Casa Museo Guayasamin houses the residence, the art collection, and the museum with the works of the Ecuadorian artist Oswaldo Guayasamin. He is considered the most important artist of the 20th century in the country. His work will allow you to discover a broader dimension about the Andean culture, the conquest of the American continent and the Latin American sociopolitical and cultural processes during the 20th century. After this visit, you will return to the hotel.

  • Day 3:  Mitad del Mundo y Otavalo.

After breakfast, we will travel towards the Middle of the World, located 22 km north of Quito at the Equator’s location. The line’s position was determined in the 18th century by the French Geodesic Mission with the support of Spanish and Ecuadorian geographers. You will visit the ethnographic museum, the colossal Middle of the World monument, and to take fun photographs while stepping with one foot on each hemisphere. At the Intiñán museum, which is located nearby, you will perform a series of dynamic experiments that validates the Equator’s location.

Next, we will travel to the city of Otavalo, located in the province of Imbabura. This journey takes around 2 hours. Otavalo is considered to be the “intercultural center of Ecuador” for being a city with enormous potential in several aspects, possessing scenic charm, cultural wealth, history, and commercial development. This town is mainly known for its colorful indigenous market, the largest in Latin America. There you can find a wide variety of textile products, made by the indigenous communities of the city and other nearby towns. It is common that between customer and seller, one can negotiate the price of the products especially if several of them are purchased. Saturdays were traditionally the market day, but due to the tourist demand, the market has become a daily activity. In the evening, you will stay at a traditional hacienda where you will enjoy a traditional dinner.

  • Day 4:  Kichwa communities and Cuicocha crater lake.

The province of Imbabura was declared in 2019 as a Unesco World Geopark for its geological and natural heritage in harmony with the cultural heritage of its indigenous peoples. This day we will visit several communities to meet some of the artisans and visit one of their natural landmarks. After breakfast, a local guide will join us to take us to visit artisan workshops that work weaving sheep and alpaca wool. We will visit an indigenous family in San Rafael to observe the artisanal work with a natural fiber called Totora.  Next, we will visit a musical instrument workshop where we will enjoy a short walk to visit the Peguche waterfall.

Afterward, we will travel to the city of Cotacachi for lunch and visit it. Cotacachi was chosen in 2020 as one of the so-called “Magical Towns of Ecuador” and is known to produce fine leather garments. Very close to this town is the Cuicocha lagoon, located within a volcanic crater at the foot of the Cotacachi volcano. In this place, we will walk a portion of the path that surrounds the lagoon and admire this place’s natural landscape, in particular the two islets inside the lagoon. After this visit, we will return to Quito.

  • Day 5:  Return flight.

Transfer from the hotel to the Mariscal Sucre airport in Quito for your return international flight.

Quito and surroundings

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