Discover the magic of Ecuador in just 1 day. Choose from an array of options, such as Cotpaxi, Quilotoa, Mindo, Otavalo, Quito Cityline & Mitad del Mundo and more.
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Otavalo, a small town 2 hours north of Quito, has the biggest Indian handicraft market in South America. But it is not only famous for its typical handicraft, wood, weaving and souvenir markets; but as well as for its landscape. Beautiful lakes, Indian villages, high peaks and natural reserves surround the Otavalo area.
You deserve to treat yourself. Take your well-being to the next level with nature. Drive two hours out of Quito to Papallacta Hot Springs, located on the Cinnamon trail, (65km from Quito) which is the same route that Francisco de Orellana took in 1542 when he crossed the Andean mountain range in search of spices and gold, and discovered the Amazon River. Relax in hot springs of varying temperatures with views of the Antisana volcano. Opt to go on a short hike or get a spa service for an additional cost.
Quito´s Historic center is a UNESCO world heritage site and offers a whole range of interesting buildings and places that reflect the Ecuadorian People, Environment and beliefs. In the afternoon, drive 25km (16 mi) north of Quito to the Middle of the World, latitude 0º. Stand with one foot in each hemisphere, visit the Intiñan Museum which showcases the immense cultural diversity within this small South American country.