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Quito, Otavalo & Mindo Tour

Ecuador — 5 Day Quito & Around Highlights Tour 

Discover Ecuador's highlights - the historic Spanish colonial center of Quito, the colorful and bustling Otavalo Market and tropical cloudforest paradise of Mindo.

Nestled in a spectacular Andean valley surrounded by volcanic peaks, Quito’s setting alone is enough to render her visitors speechless, even before they begin to explore her UNESCO World Heritage listed "Old Town".

On this 5-day tour, lose yourself in a maze of colonial splendor as you discover her inner secrets, visit South America's largest marketplace at Otavalo, and succumb to the magical spell of Mindo's tropical cloudforest.

In Quito, you will enjoy panoramic views of the city and surrounding mountains. On a clear day one can spot fourteen different peaks which comprise the famous "Avenue of Volcanoes". Travelers will also get acquainted with Quito's historical center, declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 1978 and have the chance to put their feet either side of the Equatorial line at the Mitad Del Mundo (Middle of the World) monument.

On the way to Otavalo, visit the Quitsato site, where pre-Columbian residents constructed an ancient solar calendar. Then make your way through the Andes to South America's largest marketplace, the colorful and bustling Otavalo Market, for some cultural exchange with residents and try your hand at haggling!

After a dramatic journey past spectacular waterfalls, your final destination is Mindo, one of the last remaining tropical cloudforest nature reserves on the western slopes of the Andes. Wander through the magical, dense vegetation taking in the wonders of this paradise.

Note: This tour can be organized either before or after your Ecuadorian Amazon or Galapagos cruise.


What people are saying about this land tour

Quito Otavalo and Mindo Tour testimonial
I would like to thank you again for arranging such a fascinating trip. It was a really special holiday with enormous variety, but well paced too. Probably the best part for me was being in the Andes. The scale and beauty of those mountains is unforgettable.
— Elizabeth Prosser, Herts, UK
Quito Otavalo and Mindo Tour testimonial
Being bird lovers we were amazed at how many hummingbirds we saw. Mindo really is a special place and we’re so glad we got to go. The orchids were beautiful. Thank you so much for arranging this tour for us. Highly recommended.
— Bill & Debbie Johnson, Colorado Springs, CO

About Rainforest Cruises

Rainforest Cruises is a boutique travel company specializing in Amazon river cruises and tours, providing you with the finest collection of cruises in Peru, Brazil, Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands and Panama. As South American travel experts we have all the advice you need to help you find and book your dream cruise and an unforgettable adventure of a lifetime.

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We had an absolutely fabulous time on the cruise. Thank you again for the trip of a lifetime.
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The Johannson family encounter a sloth on their rainforest cruise.
We had a wonderful time. We were all impressed with the efficiency and organization of the trip from start to finish.
— Jeanette Johannson & Family, USA