Discover the picturesque capital of Quito, perched high in the Andes—warm and laid-back yet bursting with colorful markets and architectural gems that reflect a blend of Spanish, Italian, Moorish, Flemish, and indigenous designs. On this three-day extension, explore the city's Old Town—a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Latin America's most well-preserved historic center, where architecture dates back to the 1600s. You'll also taste ancient To'ak chocolate, admire centuries-old indigenous art, and stroll the streets that pulse with vibrant cafes and sophisticated shops.
Arrive: Quito, Ecuador
Depart: Quito, Ecuador
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Days 1-2 (2 nights)
This elegant boutique hotel is located in the center of Old Town just steps from the main square and is a wonderful introduction to the city of Quito. The building itself is a work of art, with beautiful colonial architecture dating to the 16th century. Guest rooms are basic but...
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Level 1 – Easiest
Non-camping journeys, optional walks, little elevation gain or loss.
Level 3 – Moderate
Half- to full-day hikes (3-6 hours) over rolling countryside on most days, occasional steep trails. Many of our hotel-based walking tours are in this category, as are our snorkeling adventures.
Level 5 – Strenuous
Full-day hikes (4-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Trips with hiking at average altitudes of 10,000 to 12,000 feet are in this category.