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Our Chimborazo summit tour is an experience of a lifetime. Get ready to reach the farthest/highest point on earth’s surface! At 6,263 m (20,548 ft) high, summiting Chimborazo is no feat, a challenging but highly rewarding experience. Climbing Chimborazo can be attempted all year round, similar to Cotopaxi, the ascent starts before midnight to be back early morning the next day. A proper acclimatization is highly encouraged to avoid altitude sickness, and progressively adapt to this challenging assent. Considering the technical complexity, our chimborazo summit tour complies with all requirements of a credited mountain guide with ASEGUIM certification.

Cotopaxi Summit is arguably the most popular tour for an active volcano in Ecuador, attracting climbers of all walks; all hoping to summit. Although not considered difficult among avid climbers, it is on the technical side of things, where crevasse rescue gear, ice axe, crampons and other gear are required for its ascent. Known as the world’s third highest active volcano, with a nearly perfect conical shape & only 2 hours away from the main capital acknowledges its popularity. An accredited mountain guide is required for those attempting to summit, climbs can be attempted year round, there is no precipitous change in weather where attempting to submit would be discouraged. Climbers reaching the summit are greeted with a 480 crater meters in width, a stunning surrounding landscape, the presence of fumaroles and a faint smell of sulfur and success.

Our Cotopaxi day tour is the perfect way of experiencing the highlands with easy access from the main capital. Cotopaxi has become an iconic stop when visiting Ecuador, clearly visible as a landmark from Quito. Its majestic snowy peaks that can be seen from afar make it an inviting experience from start to finish. Your Cotopaxi day tour starts roughly 50 km south of Quito, it will get you as near as the refuge. For those looking for that extra bit of adventure, an additional 30 minutes will get you to the glaciers. Cotopaxi is among the highest active volcanoes in the world,  with an elevation of 5,897m (19,347 ft) – a quite popular summit many avid climbers try to peak. The Cotopaxi national park is a protected area that provides guest with a glimpse of the volcano and its natural surroundings. Your tour includes viewpoints along the way, a beautiful lagoon and a mild hike to the refuge, all part of your Cotopaxi day tour adventure!

Arewarding and exhilarating horseback riding day tour that takes you to the north part of the city passing by outstanding volcanic views. Your tour starts with transportation from Quito to a ranch located inside the national reserve of Pululahua. From the ranch, robust and amiable mountain horses will take us through the stunning landscape of this ancient volcanic crater – the biggest one on the whole American continent and one of only two inhabited craters in the world – with its constantly changing landscapes and huge biodiversity. While circling the central lava cone, we witness volcanic history and nature, interesting geological formations, mineral avalanches blooming with wild orchids and traditional Andean agriculture. Riding time about 4 hours. Lunch with panoramic view over valleys and cloud forest covered mountains. Optional photo-stop at the Equator monument.

The Equator is that one stop you cant go by without if you ever stay in the main capital, not only will get the chance of taking some mandatory pictures at the monument, but participate in other attractions in the surroundings. A popular way of acclimatizing to the city, with an easy going tour that is only 30 minutes north of Quito.Activities will involve visiting the Official Monument, the Inti Nan Museum and the Pululahua Crater; all carrying their own distinctive attractions covered in a ½ day tour. The Equator tour is great for families or for travelers looking to fill in their day without much effort, short travel with mild walks to enjoy scenic landscapes at Pululahua, the famous official Equator Monument and the engaging visit at Inti Nan Museum. Don’t forget to bring your passport if you want to have an official stamp of the Equator.

Get to know and explore Colonial Quito full of history and culture. Declared by the UNESCO as a world heritage site (City of Quito – 1978 = The best preserved, least altered historic Center in Latin America). The old part of the city is nothing less then impressive, stunning and imposing churches with fine details fill the cobblestone streets at every turn. There is a lot to see and do in the old part of town = Colonial Quito, so if you are keen on starting the tour with a specific church or attraction, your guide will be glad to rearrange your tour. The regular attractions and must see points will be covered such as: the majestic Plaza Grande, the Presidential Palace, the Cathedral in the main square followed by the many churches, scenic sites and avenues restored to their former glory.

Quilotoa

Categories: Quito, Day Tours, 1 Day, Under $99
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Afar reaching, fully packed day tour that takes you to the stunning emerald crater lake of Quilotoa. An impressive 3 km wide caldera filled with turquoise water, set at an elevation of roughly 3800 meters (12,467 feet), Quilotoa offers an unparalleled view of the crater and the Andean surroundings. A rewarding but lengthy day tour with about 4 ½ hours of travel per way that takes you through a trail of Andean volcanoes and mountains, there is some striking viewpoints along the way where you can stretch your legs and appreciate the scenic landscape. Available activities at the crater are a few, travelers can hike down to the edge of the lake (approximately 30 minute hike per way), rent a mule, hike to the highest peak or in the surroundings.

Papallacta

Categories: Quito, Day Tours, 1 Day, Under $99
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The hotsprings of Papallacta are the perfect retreat to indulge yourself in soothing hydrothermal pools found at the base of 2 volcanoes, water temperatures varying from 30°C to 70°C (86°F – 158°F). Outstanding facilities that harmonize and compliment your surroundings conveying relaxation like no other place. All pools water originate from the enclosing natural resources which not only appeases your body with warm temperatures; but also contain a range of curative properties. Our Papallacta day tour is popular among those just reaching the country and wanting to get acquainted and acclimatized to Quito’s altitude, or just before they exit the country. Of course you are more then welcome to visit the springs any time you see fit, a peaceful and invigorating retreat.

Mindo Rush

Categories: Quito, Day Tours, 1 Day, Under $99
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A tour full of adventure and fun! Mindo Rush is for the avid and adventurous traveler looking for that extra punch, an adrenaline packed tour full of excitement. Mindo is well known for its impressive natural surroundings, Mindo Rush will allow you to discover these natural settings … with a slightly different approach. Found in the west slopes valley of the main capital with only 2 hours away from Quito, Mindo offers you quick access to a feature packed day tour where nature is the main ingredient. Canopy high zip lining paths are connected on tree tops, an exhilarating activity that lets you fly high through the cloud forest. Tubing is another exciting activity that takes you down river in inner tubes.

Mindo Lush

Categories: Quito, Day Tours, 1 Day, Under $99
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Looking to get lost with nature, waterfalls and birds? Mindo Lush is the perfect getaway, a lush cloud forest that holds an impressive record of 450 bird species including the famous cock of the rock. An incredible amount of orchids found in gardens and farms featuring butterflies and frogs. Found in the west slopes valley of the main capital with only 2 hours away from Quito, Mindo Lush offers you quick access to a feature packed day tour where nature is the main ingredient. You will be amazed how your landscape quickly shifts from a highlands scenery, to lush forest surrounded with nature and life. Mindo Lush will take you through you the best nature focused activities in the area, these are mild and suitable for a wide range of travelers.

 
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