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Resting against a backdrop of the dramatic Andes, Quito makes an ideal base from which to explore the Ecuadorian countryside. Towering mountains, lush rainforest, and lively market towns are all within easy reach of the city. To help you choose, here are our top day tours from Quito.

Ciudad Mitad del Mundo – 25 miles (40 km) north
Ecuador famously lies on the equator, and the chance to stand with one foot in the northern hemisphere and one in the southern hemisphere has proven an irresistible tourist attraction. The Middle of the World monument (Ciudad Mitad del Mundo) and a symbolic yellow “equator line” mark the spot, but the site is also home to a planetarium, an ethnographic museum, and a number of restaurants.

Antisana National Park – 37 miles (60 km) southeast
The less-visited neighbor to Cotopaxi, Antisana National Park is another wildlife haven set in the shadows of a mighty volcano, and is often combined with a visit to the Quilotoa Lagoon. As well as the Antisana Volcano, the park’s natural wonders include include jagged canyons, winding ravines, and wildflower-blanketed paramo, while caracara and hummingbirds are common sightings.

Papallacta Thermal Springs – 43 miles (70 km) southeast
Ideal for a post-hike day of recuperation, the natural hot springs of Papallacta lie around two hours southeast of Quito and are renowned for the healing properties of their mineral-rich waters. The picturesque mountain valley resort lies at an altitude of 10,827 feet (3,300 meters) and is served by a number of luxury spas, where weary travelers can indulge in everything from mud wraps and aromatherapy massages to tailored health and rehabilitation treatments in the hydromassage baths.

Mindo Rainforest – 47 miles (75 km) northwest
With its close proximity to the mighty Amazon rain forest, Quito is a strategic starting point for exploring South America’s tropical woodlands, and the Mindo Cloud Forest Reserve is just two hours from the city center. Hike through the mist-shrouded forests, past rivers and natural waterfalls, while learning about the diverse ecosystems of the cloud forest. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife, too—myriad rare birds, butterflies, and orchids, native to the jungle, showcase a startling array of colors.

Cotopaxi National Park – 51 miles (84 km) south
Just an hour’s drive from the capital, Cotopaxi National Park is a natural playground of green valleys, rugged mountains, and riverside farms set around the 19,360-foot (5,900-meter) Cotopaxi Volcano. If you don’t fancy scaling the volcanic peak—notorious as South America’s most active volcano—there are plenty of less challenging pastimes to take part in, including horseback riding, mountain biking, hiking, rafting, and bird watching.
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Full-Day Tour Cotopaxi National Park - All included from Quito

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Full-Day Tour Cotopaxi National Park - All included from Quito

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Explore the rugged surroundings and stunning scenery of Cotopaxi National Park and Cotopaxi Volcano during this full-day trip. Enjoy a short hike into the Limpiopungo Valley before driving ever-higher into this sky-high region, stopping at the 15,800-foot (4830-meter) Padre Rivas Refuge. If you’re feeling up for it, you’ll continue to the 16,500-foot (5,050-meter) Cotopaxi Glacier. This Cotopaxi day trip also includes national park fees, a guide, bottled water, round-trip hotel transport and an optional trip upgrade with lunch.
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  • 8 hours
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Quilotoa Full Day Tour - All included with Quito pick up & drop off

Quilotoa Full Day Tour - All included with Quito pick up & drop off

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This is a full day tour from Quito to visit the Quilotoa Lagoon, an incredible turquoise-colored lake located inside the caldera of an active volcano. On the way to Quilotoa, you will also stop to enjoy breakfast at the scenic Chuquiragua Lodge, located in the foothills of the Cotopaxi Volcano. A great way to escape from the city and return to Quito the same day!
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  • 15 to 16 hours
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Middle of the World Half-Day Tour from Quito Including Entrances

Middle of the World Half-Day Tour from Quito Including Entrances

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Cover some of Quito's highlights, including the Middle of the World (Mitad del Mundo) and the Pululahua Crater, on this double-decker bus tour. During the half-day tour, you'll learn about the landmarks and popular attractions in Quito from your guide and enjoy VIP access to all of the attractions in the Middle of the World Complex.
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  • 7 hours
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Quilotoa Lagoon and Indian Markets in One Day from Quito

Quilotoa Lagoon and Indian Markets in One Day from Quito

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Don’t let limited time in Ecuador stop you visiting the majestic Quilotoa Lagoon, an emerald crater lake surrounded by mountain landscapes. Reach the natural wonder the easy way on this full-day tour from Quito, ideal for nature lovers. Stop at a traditional craft market before arriving in Quilotoa National Park and opting to hike or ride a mule (own expense) to the rim of the dormant volcano. Lunch and transfers are included.
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  • 11 hours
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Cotopaxi full day tour from Quito, small groups

Cotopaxi full day tour from Quito, small groups

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Swap the city for Cotopaxi National Park, home to the magnificent Cotopaxi Volcano, on a full-day tour from Quito. Designed for nature lovers short on time, this excursion covers the Limpiopungo Lagoon, home to 24 species of bird; the Agua Longo Gully and Stone Valley; and the Centro de Interpretación Mariscal Sucre, an educational information center. Lunch is included.
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  • 10 hours
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Otavalo Market and Laguna Cuicocha Full-Day Tour from Quito

Otavalo Market and Laguna Cuicocha Full-Day Tour from Quito

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Discover indigenous arts and local markets during this cultural tour of Otavalo Market and Laguna Cuicocha from Quito. Escape the city and journey into Ecuador's more rural hillsides as you follow your guide through some of the area's top cultural attractions.
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  • 10 hours
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Full Day Quito City Tour Including Teleférico and Mitad del Mundo

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Full Day Quito City Tour Including Teleférico and Mitad del Mundo

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Get a sense of the architecture, history, and culture of Quito during this private tour visiting the city’s top sights. Start with an exploration of the historic city center of this Ecuadorian capital, visiting its main Basilica, Independence Plaza, and many more colonial-era sites. Then take a trip aboard the Teleférico to a peak more than 13,000 feet (4,000 meters) above the city for sublime views, finishing your day at ‘Mitad del Mundo,’ a monument marking where the earth’s equator splits the world into north and south.
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  • 8 hours
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Quilotoa Lagoon,Volcanoes Avenue, Local People Full-Day Tour from Quito

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Quilotoa Lagoon,Volcanoes Avenue, Local People Full-Day Tour from Quito

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Journey to the beautiful Quilotoa volcano, driving through stunning mountain scenery and stopping to visit local Andean communities, during this day trip from Quito. Travel along the spectacular ‘Avenue of Volcanoes’ passing beneath its towering peaks, eventually stopping at a village of an indigenous community, to explore a local home and learn about their daily life. Finish your day with a trip to the lagoon inside Quilotoa volcano. This day trip includes a guide, entrance fees, round-trip hotel transport, and lunch.
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  • 9 hours
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Otavalo Tour from Quito Visiting Cayambe, Indigenous Market, Small groups

Otavalo Tour from Quito Visiting Cayambe, Indigenous Market, Small groups

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Combine culture with nature on this full-day tour of Otavalo Marketplace and Cuicocha Lagoon, ideal for first-time visitors with limited time in Ecuador. Departing Quito, you’ll travel to Otavalo Marketplace, one of Latin America’s largest markets, to browse stalls for colorful, artisan souvenirs. See, too, the Peguche Waterfall and Cuicocha Lagoon, on which you;ll enjoy a short boat ride.
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  • 10 hours
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Termas de Papallacta Hot Springs full day tour from Quito

Termas de Papallacta Hot Springs full day tour from Quito

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Take a break from sightseeing in order to relax mind, body, and soul on a day trip to Termas de Papallacta Spa from Quito. A serene experience ideal for tired travelers, this tour covers the thermal springs of Termas de Papallacta Spa. Spend ample time soaking in the steaming waters of the pools, created by volcanic activity and natural heat. Refreshments and entrance fees are included.
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  • 8 hours
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Otavalo, Cotacachi and Cuicocha Tour With Optional Hotel Pick-Up -

Otavalo, Cotacachi and Cuicocha Tour With Optional Hotel Pick-Up - "Small Group"

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Journey through Ecuador’s incredible landscapes and stop on route for photos and to visit Otavalo Market on this tour from Quito. Head north along the Pan-American highway, taste biscuits in Cayambe, and hop out at Otavalo Market to experience the local shopping culture by bartering for handicrafts. Then, stop at Cuicocha Lagoon—a crater lake below Cotacachi Volcano—to snap photos and perhaps take an optional boat ride (additional cost).
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  • 9 hours
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Shared Day Trip to Quilotoa Crater Lagoon from Quito

Shared Day Trip to Quilotoa Crater Lagoon from Quito

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Experience the spectacular scenery of the Ecuadorian Andes on this full-day tour from Quito. Visit the traditional market towns of Saquisili and Pujili; enjoy a thrilling trek around the Quilotoa Crater Lagoon; and explore the indigenous villages of the Tigua community. Lunch is included.
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  • 12 hours
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Private Full-Day Trip to Otavalo and Its Surroundings from Quito

Private Full-Day Trip to Otavalo and Its Surroundings from Quito

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Take a break from the busy streets of Quito on a private full-day tour to the Otavalo Market and its surrounding wonders. Private transportation takes you through the picturesque Province of the Lakes at a comfortable and efficient pace. In addition to the market, join your guide at Cayambe, Cotacachi Village, and the Cuicocha Crater Lake. The immersive tour allows you to gain a deeper understanding of local traditions and history.
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  • 9 hours
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Mindo Cloud Forest Full-Day in Small Groups. Hummingbirds & Waterfalls.

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Mindo Cloud Forest Full-Day in Small Groups. Hummingbirds & Waterfalls.

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Discover the amazingly diverse wildlife and scenic beauty of the cloud forests of Mindo during this 8-hour day trip from Quito. This unique ecological area is known for having one of the highest concentrations of biodiversity anywhere on earth, including numerous exotic species of birds along with a wealth of fun attractions. During your excursion, you'll first stop by the Hummingbird Garden and walk into the forest to admire the beauty of this natural reserve before proceeding to Mindo. In Mindo, you can choose from among a range of optional activities (at your own expense), including a visit to a chocolate factory, an orchid garden tour, ziplining, a bird-watching trip with a local expert, and much more.
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  • 8 hours
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Full-Day Tour Otavalo Market, Peguche Workshops, and Cuicocha Lagoon.

Full-Day Tour Otavalo Market, Peguche Workshops, and Cuicocha Lagoon.

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Shop for one-of-a-kind souvenirs at an indigenous market and enjoy gorgeous scenery during this 8-hour trip to Otavalo Market from Quito. This fascinating market features a wealth of hand-made creations produced by local Andean communities, including textiles, leather goods and more. Enjoy sublime views of the Andes Mountains and San Pablo Lake during your drive to the site before hunting for souvenirs. On your way home, you can choose to visit Cotacachi, an artisan town famous for its leather goods, or Cuicocha Lake. Your shopping and scenery trip includes a guide, entrance fees, a snack, round-trip hotel transport and an upgrade with lunch.
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  • 8 hours
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