Adventures in Quito: Sightseeing, Hiking, and Waterfalls

Your TourHero

Tori

Hello, my name is Tori, I'm 20 and I'm a lover of nature and animals and adventure! I'm always looking for opportunities to get outdoors and start exploring! Waterfalls, forests, mountains... I live for Mother Nature! Join me on this adventure to Quito in wonderful Ecuador. I'm sure we'll have an awesome time together!

Duration

5 days · 4 nights

Travel Date

Mar 14 - 18, 2022

Activity Level

Moderate

Group Size

6 – 15

Transportation

Van

Tour Price

USD 450
/ person

Your Fellow Explorers

Age range

22 - 30

Travel interest

Hiking, adventure, nature, exporing the wild, off-the-beaten-path places, culture & history

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Guide - Andando Tours

With over 40 years of experience as a tour operator in the Galapagos and Ecuador, Andando Tours is equipped with the expertise and extended travel knowledge about the fantastic destinations offered in their itineraries, delivering first-hand experiences and recommendations for an unforgettable journey. Each trip is designed to allow travelers to experience authentic locations in Ecuador in a safe, immersive, and experiential way. Let the passionate guides of Andando Tours take care of all the nitty gritty details for you — all you need to do is enjoy your inspirational journey through Ecuador.

This was one of the best holidays I've ever had. While I was very reluctant to join a tour, it was simply awesome. Eduardo, our guide, is an absolute legend when it comes to his knowledge and passion about the environment. You will not regret this one bit. It's a trip of a lifetime. Go with the flow and enjoy every minute of it.

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Joseph Michael

Punctual and informative tour guide Louis from Andando. Took us around all the sights around Quito. Very knowledgeable guide took us around Quito, to the Equator and to Catopaxi. We felt we learnt a lot and managed to see most of the sights. Felt safe throughout.

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Rosekzyz

Andando Tours was very helpful in setting up a last-minute tour to the Galapagos, and also had some great information about the different islands. Great communication throughout as well. Highly recommended.

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Christi Spak
Ecuador>Adventures in Quito: Sightseeing, Hiking, and Waterfalls

This trip to Quito has it all. You’ll hang in the city and explore the major landmarks, you’ll venture into nature and hike a beautiful crater lake, and you’ll end the trip chasing waterfalls while swinging at the end of the world. Enjoy the best of every travel setting on this Ecuadorian adventure!

Cancellation policy

Refunds for deposits
If you cancel your trip after placing a deposit but before your card on file is charged for the full payment, you can request a full refund of your deposit up to 30 days before the tour departure.

Refunds for fully-paid trips
If you cancel your trip after making full payment, you may change or cancel your trip up to 30 days before the tour departure for a credit towards a future trip. You will receive a credit equivalent to 100% of your trip payment to be used anytime within the next 2 years from the date the credit note is issued.

A full credit will also be issued if the tour is canceled due to COVID-19 travel restrictions (see our COVID-19 guarantee on the tour itinerary page). We suggest buying your own travel insurance for coverage of cancellations within 30 days of the tour commencing for reasons other than a full tour cancellation.

Your TourHero

Tori

Hello, my name is Tori, I'm 20 and I'm a lover of nature and animals and adventure! I'm always looking for opportunities to get outdoors and start exploring! Waterfalls, forests, mountains... I live for Mother Nature! Join me on this adventure to Quito in wonderful Ecuador. I'm sure we'll have an awesome time together!

Duration

5 days · 4 nights

Travel Date

Mar 14 - 18, 2022

Activity Level

Moderate

Group Size

6 – 15

Transportation

Van

Ecuador>Adventures in Quito: Sightseeing, Hiking, and Waterfalls

This trip to Quito has it all. You’ll hang in the city and explore the major landmarks, you’ll venture into nature and hike a beautiful crater lake, and you’ll end the trip chasing waterfalls while swinging at the end of the world. Enjoy the best of every travel setting on this Ecuadorian adventure!

Timeline

  • Day 1 · Quito
  • Arrive in Quito
  • Transfer from airport to accommodation
  • Check-in at Selina Quito (or similar according to availability)
  • Welcome dinner
  • Day 2 · Quito
  • Breakfast
  • Quito City Tour and Equator Trip
  • Lunch and dinner (not included in price)
  • Day 3 · Machachi
  • Breakfast and check out of accommodation
  • Quilotoa Lagoon Hiking Tour
  • Lunch (not included in price)
  • Check-in at Hosteria PapaGayo (or similar according to availability)
  • Dinner (not included in price)
  • Day 4 · Baños
  • Breakfast and check out of accommodation
  • Baños Waterfalls Adventure Tour
  • Lunch (not included in price)
  • Check-in at Selina Baños (or similar according to availability)
  • Dinner (not included in price)
  • Day 5 · Departure
  • Breakfast
  • Check out of accommodation
  • Transfer from accommodation to airport
  • Journey ends

Details

Day 1

Welcome to Quito – Ecuador’s capital and cultural epicenter

Welcome to Quito, founded on an ancient Incan city and sprawling with diverse architecture and incredible landscapes. Once you arrive, check into the hostel and start exploring! Get lost in this vibrant city, observing the Spanish influence and colonial charm, and meet us back at the hostel for a welcome dinner featuring authentic Ecuadorian food. It’s time to make new friends and toast to new adventures!

Day 2

Explore Quito with a private city tour and trip to the Equator line

After a restful sleep and tranquil breakfast, we’ll head out into the streets of Quito and take a private tour of the city with a local guide. We’ll see some of the famous churches, such as the Basilica of the National Vote, The Cathedral, and The Sagrario Church, and we’ll learn the history of Quito and the underlying Spanish influences that remain today. Next, we’ll head up to Panecillo Hill to see its famous aluminum statue and score incredible views of the entire city. With so much more to see, make sure that phone battery is charged! We’ll also take a quick drive to the Equator line and enjoy some live demonstrations reflecting latitude 0. After this full day of fun, freshen up at the hostel and explore Quito with the group!

Day 3

Journey to Quilotoa Lagoon and enjoy a hike into the crater

Rise and shine, adventure seekers! Today, we’re headed to the famous Quilotoa Lagoon for hiking and picture-perfect views. We’ll leave Quito and stop at various lookouts to enjoy the pristine vistas along the way. Once we arrive, we’ll hike down into the crater where you’ll have time to explore on your own. If the hike feels too strenuous, you can always pay for a mule ride back up the hillside! From here, we’ll take a lunch break and finish up this excursion with a trip to a Tigua craft workshop and a visit to Toachi's Canon. At the end of an incredible day, we’ll head to our next accommodation, a beautiful ranch-style lodge in the middle of the valley.

Day 4

Venture to Devil’s Cauldron Waterfall and swing at the end of the world from high above the city

What a day we have in store! After a hearty breakfast, we'll jump in the van and head to Baños where we’ll hike down into the Devil’s Cauldron Waterfall and explore the Cascasa el Pailon, featuring hanging bridges and lighted areas that make nature come alive. Next, we’ll hike up to the treehouse to swing at the end of the world in a giant swing, where you'll also have the option to zipline for an added cost. However, nothing will beat the photos you’ll take with the jungle backdrop, the Andes Mountains, and the art installations all around. Lastly, our guide will take us into town for lunch at a hidden gem with stellar food and Ecuadorian hospitality.

Day 5

Last meal and goodbyes before takeoff

What a trip it’s been. We hope you had a blast! On your last day in Ecuador, enjoy your final meal and head to the airport in your private transfer. No matter where you journey next, keep Quito in your heart.

Accommodation

  • Selina Quito (or similar according to availability)

    At Selina Quito, there’s always something to do. This boutique hostel is in the heart of downtown Quito and features everything from a bar/restaurant to morning yoga on the rooftop. Get cozy in the dorms and find everything you need on-site to explore this magnificent city. Room type: Multiple occupancy.

  • Hosteria PapaGayo (or similar according to availability)

    Hosteria PapaGayo is an idyllic lodge located in Cotopaxi. Drop your stuff in the bunkroom and eat a stellar meal on their outdoor patio decorated with rustic charm and fairy lights. Make sure to wander around the property to observe the horses and natural vegetation just waiting to be explored. Room type: Multiple occupancy.

  • Selina Baños (or similar according to availability)

    This Selina hostel is located in the quaint town of Baños, facing the Tungurahua Volcano. Surrounded by thermal hot springs, icy waterfalls, and natural spas, you’ll fall in love with this secret oasis. Drop your stuff in the dorms and check out the rooftop terrace and bar or head into town for some stellar food. Room type: Multiple occupancy.

Included

  • 2 nights in Selina Quito (or similar)
  • 1 night in Hosteria PapaGayo (or similar)
  • 1 night in Selina Baños (or similar)
  • Shared occupancy in accommodation
  • All breakfasts
  • All excursion entrance fees with private tours and local, English-speaking guides
  • Transfers to/from the airport
  • Transfers to/from all excursions
  • 24/7 guest support

Not included

  • Flights
  • All food not mentioned in inclusions
  • Personal expenses
  • Optional add-ons
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities

COVID-19 guarantee

We know many of you are yearning to travel, but also want to do it in a safe and enjoyable way.

To ensure your wellbeing, we’re working with each of our partners to ensure that exhaustive precautionary health and safety measures are in place. This includes reducing group sizes, incorporating more outdoor adventures, and closely monitoring the spread on the ground.

At the same time, we also know that this is a holiday for you and that you want to experience the best of each location, with minimal inconvenience. We’re confident that each of our trips will be both safe and enjoyable, but if we cannot keep to either of those promises, we will defer or cancel the trip if necessary and gladly issue you credit for a future tour to be used towards any tour within 2 years.

Cancellation policy

Refunds for deposits
If you cancel your trip after placing a deposit but before your card on file is charged for the full payment, you can request a full refund of your deposit up to 30 days before the tour departure.

Refunds for fully-paid trips
If you cancel your trip after making full payment, you may change or cancel your trip up to 30 days before the tour departure for a credit towards a future trip. You will receive a credit equivalent to 100% of your trip payment to be used anytime within the next 2 years from the date the credit note is issued.

A full credit will also be issued if the tour is canceled due to COVID-19 travel restrictions (see our COVID-19 guarantee on the tour itinerary page). We suggest buying your own travel insurance for coverage of cancellations within 30 days of the tour commencing for reasons other than a full tour cancellation.

USD 450
Per person