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Quito & Cotopaxi Volcano


Quito, the most beautiful city of Ecuador!

This charming historic city, situated along the equator and built atop the ruins of an ancient Incan city, is one of the world’s highest capital cities. It is also the first city center to be declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its well-preserved colonial buildings, with the best-preserved and least altered historic center in all of Latin America. Start off your visit by taking a walking tour of the beautiful and scenic historic city center, where you will get to learn about the local colonial art, architecture, culture, traditions, and legends. In the historic center, you’ll find stunning colonial buildings, inviting cafes and restaurants, the presidential palace, and the stunning Basilica del Voto Nacional, the largest neo-gothic basilica in all of the Americas, with its jaw dropping, intricately detailed sky-high towers.


Tours to Quito

Your city tour will take you to see the Ciudad Mitad del Mundo, situated precisely at Earth’s midpoint, near the geographical orientation of 0 degrees latitude, and lies perpendicular to the Earth’s axis, so the distance from the equator to the poles is exactly the same. Here you can have the popular photo taken of one leg in one hemisphere and the other leg in another, or holding hands with someone in a different hemisphere, or get your passport stamped from the equator in the middle of the world. But don’t forget to check out the planetarium before heading over to the location now considered accurate since modern GPS technology proved the “real” center of the Earth, the Intiñan Museum.
The Intiñan Museum is located nearby, showcasing the interesting aspects of Ecuador’s culture, including exhibits depicting what life of the native tribes and indigenous communities looked like. And of course you will get to see exhibits on how the Incas determined the middle of the Earth, as well as unique interactive science experiments visitors can try out. There is also a shadow clock exhibit which is a solar clock- a stone tool used by the ancient Ecuadorians to tell time. And one enticing exhibit you must not miss is for all chocolate lovers- learn about Ecuador’s cacao-producing regions, see an actual cacao tree, and taste some pure cacao nibs and try their delicious local chocolates.


Excursions in Quito

Quito enjoys a very beautiful view of the snow-capped mountains and a wonderful climate. Magnificent monuments of colonial architecture are adjacent to modern buildings. The unique white Palace of the Archbishop and the Monastery of San Francisco are the pearls of Quito architecture. You should visit El Panecillo, the mountain where the statue of an angel stands.

Vacation in Quito

From Quito along Volcanoes road!

For the best views of the Pichincha volcano (dormant) and the city of Quito, jump on the Teleferico gondola, one of the highest-rising gondolas, taking visitors almost 1,000 ft to the top. For those who can still handle a bit more adventure, there are many hiking trails for exploring the heights or the volcano itself, as well as horse riding options. And for those with children, before you head up take some time to visit the amusement park at the bottom of the gondola lift. Situated in the iconic Andes mountains, the spectacular nature park called Cotopaxi National Park is where you will find Ecuador’s tallest active volcanoes in the world, and the second-highest peak in the country, at over 19,000 ft. Part of the Pacific Ring of Fire with its volcano neighbors, this volcano rewards you with its real-life postcard scene of a perfect cone-shaped, snow-capped volcano that features one of the few glaciers on the equator. To experience the views you can join a tour group to hike together, around the lake, up to the snow line refuge, or even to trek further up to the glacier. And for an exciting route down consider the mountain biking trails for some downhill fun.