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.