Quito and Beyond: Regional Tour

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What You'll Do
  • Enjoy Papallacta Hot Springs
  • Discover Otavalo Market
  • Take the Quito City Tour and marvel at the Equatorial Monument
  • Take an excursion to Cotopaxi National Park
  • Benefit from round trip transportation to/from airport
This 5 night/6 day excursion will introduce you to Ecuador from Quito and beyond. Enjoy Quito, Papallacta Hot Springs, Otavalo, Cotopaxi National Park and Equatorial Monument.
What to Expect
This 5 night/6 day excursion will introduce you to Ecuador from Quito and beyond. Enjoy Quito, Papallacta Hot Springs, Otavalo, Cotopaxi National Park and Equatorial Monument.

Day 1: Transfer Airport / Hotel

Day 2: Breakfast. Excursion to Papallacta Hot Spring Waters and Spa
Departure from Quito, during the morning down the road that leads to the Amazon Jungle, enjoy a journey of about an hour and a half following The Cinnamon Route, the same one that the conqueror Francisco de Orellana took in 1542, when he crossed the Andes in the research of spices and gold to finally discover the great Amazon River. We will make a brief stop at the PAPALLACTA lagoon located in a “Paramo” with cold weather but beautiful landscapes that make contrast with the hot springs pools. Perfect for an anti-stress therapy recommended for your health. All of this can be enjoyed at the Touristic Complex of “Termas de Papallacta” were also natural hikes can be done or enjoy the optional activities of its SPA. Lunch is not included.

Day 3: Breakfast. Excursion to Otavalo Market.
Depart from 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). Afterwards, we will make a brief stop at “Miralago”, to admire a wonderful view of Lago San Pablo, amazing views. The tour then continues to Otavalo where Otavaleños (natives) set up a market in which a bartering manner of shopping is taken place. The market hosts a variety of different handcrafted items.
Passengers may choose between staying longer in Otavalo or go to visit to the leather shops at Cotacachi. On the way to Cotacachi, we will visit a traditional workshop of Andean instruments "Ñanda Mañachi" located in Peguche and then reach Iluman, land of shamans and healers, where we will have the opportunity to witness an ancestral indigenous ritual by a Shaman.
In Cotacachi you have enough time to visit the village, the shops of leather goods and free time for lunch. Return to Quito picking up passengers in Otavalo (spot determined by Gray Line Guide).
** Bus will wait for 10 minutes in Otavalo to pick up passangers that stayed there, after that will return to Quito with passengers that are on board

Day 4: Breakfast. City tour and Equatorial Monument
Day 5: Breakfast. Excursion to Cotopaxi National Park.
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).

Free time for lunch in a hacienda of the region, which optionally may be riding a horse or walking along its paths.

By the afternoon visit a flower plantation in the region, where we have the opportunity to see the best flowers and roses globally recognized.

* Not included: entrance to the Cotopaxi National Park and lunch.
* Planting Flowers operates from Monday to Friday.

** Important: While the Cotopaxi National Park remains closed, by the eruptive activity of the volcano, we will visit the Quilotoa Volcano, which has in its crater a stunning turquoise lagoon, making it one of the most beautiful landscapes of Ecuador.

* Does not include access to the viewpoint of Quilotoa = USD 2.00

Day 6: Breakfast. Transfer Hotel / Airport
Take a tourist route along the most important areas of the city, including shopping centers and Zona Rosa "La Mariscal" (bars and restaurants), where most of the hotels in Quito are located. Continue towards the historic center to visit its churches and major landmarks, explore each of its corners at your own pace from the door of your hotel.

Continue towards the northern part of the city heading up to the “Middle of the World City” (entrance included) where the monument that divides the Northern from the Southern Hemisphere will be observed. Built during the XVII century when a French Expedition defined the precise location of the equatorial line, this is one sight not to be missed! At the end, opt to visit either Intiñan or Ethnographic Museum (entrance is not included).
What's Included
  • Transfer airport / hotel / airport
  • 5 nights accommodation in double room in Quito
  • Breakfast
  • City tour, Equatorial Monument
  • Excursion to Otavalo Market
  • Excursion to Cotopaxi National Park and Hacienda
  • Excursion to Papallacta Hot Spring and SPA
  • Hotel taxes
  • Local taxes and fees
What's Not Included
  • Gratuities (optional)
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