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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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Cotopaxi Full-Day Small Group Tour from Quito

Cotopaxi Full-Day Small Group Tour from Quito

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Within the Cotopaxi National Park is the active Cotopaxi volcano, an elevation of 5,897 meters above sea level located in the Cordillera de Los Andes and an exceptional variety of flora and fauna species.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$69.00
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$69.00
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Full Day Quito City Tour Including Teleférico and Mitad del Mundo

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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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$118.00
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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
  • Free Cancellation
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$79.00
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$79.00
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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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$64.30
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Cotopaxi & Quilotoa With Optional Hotel Pick-Up & Drop-Off -

Cotopaxi & Quilotoa With Optional Hotel Pick-Up & Drop-Off - "Small Group"

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Check out two of Ecuador’s top natural attractions—the Cotopaxi Volcano and Quilotoa lagoon—and their natural landscapes with ease on this day trip from Quito. Head to Cotopaxi National Park to see its snow-capped volcano—stopping to drink coca leaf tea on route to reduce altitude sickness—before visiting Limpiopungo Lagoon and Quilotoa’s turquoise caldera lagoon. Plus, during your trip, stop to browse a local market or two.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$54.00
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Full-Day Tour Cotopaxi National Park - All included from Quito

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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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$69.00
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$69.00

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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$66.70
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Quilotoa Lagoon,Volcanoes Avenue, Local People Full-Day Tour from Quito

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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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$65.00
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$65.00

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
  • Free Cancellation
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$49.00
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$49.00

Full Day Middle of the World, Cable Car and Quito City Shared Tour

Full Day Middle of the World, Cable Car and Quito City Shared Tour

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Don’t worry about confusing and time-consuming public transit in Quito; instead, opt for a comprehensive full-day excursion which covers several city highlights and includes private transportation. Ideal for visitors with limited time in the city, visit the Basilica del Voto Nacional, tour the old town, and more in the company of a local guide, learning more than you could if exploring independently.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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$69.00
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$69.00

Quito Old Town Tour with Gondola Ride and Visit to the Equator

Quito Old Town Tour with Gondola Ride and Visit to the Equator

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This popular private tour hits all of Quito's top attractions. Follow your expert local guide through the capital city's historic district, stand on the equator and ride on the highest gondola in South America. This full-day experience is perfect for travelers who want to gain insight and understanding into the history and culture of Quito.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$140.00
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$140.00
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Quilotoa Full Day Tour from Quito with entrances, small groups

Quilotoa Full Day Tour from Quito with entrances, small groups

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Laguna Quilotoa, a blue-green volcanic crater lake, sits in the rugged Andean countryside south of Quito. With this tour, escape the busy streets of Quito for an all-inclusive day in the Andes, and see Quilotoa Lake from two different lookouts on the crater rim with views of Cotopaxi in the distance. En route back to Quito, spend some time craft workshops in Tigua and La Victoria.
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  • 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$59.00
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$59.00
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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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$99.00
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$99.00
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Mindo Day Tour including Chocolate Tasting, Hummingbirds, and Cloud Forest Hike

Mindo Day Tour including Chocolate Tasting, Hummingbirds, and Cloud Forest Hike

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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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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$109.00
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$109.00

Quito at Night & Urban Legends Tour -

Quito at Night & Urban Legends Tour - "Small Group"

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Discover the sights and lights of Quito at night with this evening tour of its historical, UNESCO-listed heart. Ride by illuminated churches and landmark sites such as the Basilica of the National Vow and Plaza Grande; and hear urban legends and insights into the city's cultural heritage you could easily miss otherwise. Finish by admiring views of the sparkling city from the hilltop viewpoint of Mirador del Panecillo—the perfect finale.
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  • 3 hours
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$20.00
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Private Full-Day Mindo Cloud Forest,Butterfly Farm, Chocolate Tour bird watching

Private Full-Day Mindo Cloud Forest,Butterfly Farm, Chocolate Tour bird watching

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Mindo, just two hours from Quito, is in a biodiverse cloud forest that's home to hundreds of species of birds and butterflies. This full-day tour with a private driver and guide includes a visit to a butterfly farm and a tour of a chocolate factory plus one other eco-adventure of your choosing, including ziplining, hiking, or an orchid farm visit, for a customized experience.
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  • 9 to 10 hours
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$100.00
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$100.00
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Private Tour: Middle of the World & Pululahua Crater. All entrances included!

Private Tour: Middle of the World & Pululahua Crater. All entrances included!

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Straddle two different hemispheres during this half-day visit to the equator at Ecuador’s famous ‘Mitad del Mundo.' Try out some unique physics experiments demonstrating the influence of the earth’s poles at the Intiñan Museum. This trip includes a guide, Intiñan Museum entrance fees, round-trip hotel transport, and an optional upgrade for a private tour.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$85.00
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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
  • Free Cancellation
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$65.00
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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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  • 4 hours
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$75.00
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$75.00
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Cotopaxi National Park Hiking and Biking Tour

Cotopaxi National Park Hiking and Biking Tour

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Escape the city and get back to nature during this memorable day of outdoor adventure. Follow your friendly guide to the hills of Cotopaxi National Park, where you'll look for local wildlife, revel in the biodiversity and encounter active volcanos up close. This hiking and biking experience is perfect for the active traveler.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$60.07
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Historic City of Quito and The Middle of the World -

Historic City of Quito and The Middle of the World - "Small Group"

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Explore Quito’s UNESCO-listed historic center and visit the famous Equator Line on this full-day tour from Quito. Admire landmarks such as the Basilica del Voto Nacional and Independence Plaza on a walking tour of Quito; take in the views from the Mirador del Panecillo viewpoint; then walk along the Equator Line at the Mitad del Mundo. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$40.00
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$40.00

Quito City Tour Double Decker Bus

Quito City Tour Double Decker Bus

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Tour the capital city of Quito at your leisure aboard this popular hop-on hop-off bus tour. Enjoy hassle-free double-decker transportation through narrow city streets as you make your way to numerous city attractions and landmarks. Choose to get off at any of the stops and make the most of your time in Quito.
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  • 3 hours
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$15.00
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Middle of the World Tour With Tickets -

Middle of the World Tour With Tickets - "Small Group"

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See where the equator divides the northern and southern hemispheres on this tour of the Middle of the World Monument from Quito. Climb aboard a 20th-century replica tram to head to the museum built to honor a French expedition and where numerous Ecuadorian crafts and items are displayed. This tour highlights one of Ecuador's most popular attractions and allows travelers plenty of time for exploring, shopping, and learning, too.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$19.00
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$19.00

Quito City Tour, Equator Museum and Pululahua Crater

Quito City Tour, Equator Museum and Pululahua Crater

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Maximize your time in Quito with a private full-day tour that checks off three of the capital’s most popular attractions. Take in the highlights of the UNESCO-listed historic center, walk along the Equator Line at the Intiñan museum, then marvel at the views from the Pululahua crater. Tour includes lunch, hotel pickup, and all activities.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
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$121.38
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