Morning dedicated to the city tour of Quito, surrounded by volcanoes and dominated by Pichincha volcano (15,750 ft). The town was founded by the Inca civilization and developed by the Spanish colonizers. Its historic center is a real architectural jewel, dating of XVIth and XIXth century and classified Cultural Heritage of Humanity by Unesco with this places, churches and colonial convents.
Then transfer to “The Middle of the World”, in the North of Quito, where the fictitious Equator line goes and marks this altitude 00’00 established in XVIII century thanks to the famous 1st French Geodesic Mission. Visit of the Equator monument and its neo-colonial village. On option, visit of the Ethno-Scientific Inti Ñan museum, where you will prove yourself the latitude0.
Then, drive to the beautiful Andean region of Otavalo. Stop for a panoramic view at San Pablo Lake, dominated by the majestic Imbabura. Night at a charming hacienda or dinner and night in an Indigenous community, at a family home.
Then visit the famous Indigenous market of Otavalo, one of the most appreciated and colorful of Latin America, where the proud “Otavaleños” natives sell their handicrafts, textiles, and weavings.
Then, optional tour of Peguche, the musician and weaver village, or Cotacachi, leather village and panoramic view of the beautiful Cuicocha Lake and optional walk. Drive back to Quito and night in the same hotel.
Optional, one more night in Cuenca to visit the valley of Gualaceo or a museum about the Aboriginal Cultures and/or excursion in Cajas lakes park. Or Flight back to your country this night.