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Exploring the Best of Quito and Surroundings in 5 Days

Exploring the Best of Quito and Surroundings in 5 Days Itinerary

Published: 2024 Mar 02

Historic Quito and Culinary Delights

Morning
Start your day with a visit to the iconic Basilica of the National Vow (La Basílica del Voto Nacional), where you can climb to the top for panoramic views of the city. Afterward, head to Café Mosaico for a delightful breakfast with a view.
Afternoon
Explore the historic Quito Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Visit the Church of the Society of Jesus (Iglesia La Compañía de Jesús) and the San Francisco Church (Iglesia de San Francisco). For lunch, savor local flavors at La Ronda Restaurante.
Evening
In the evening, embark on a Quito Night street food, art and drinks tour to experience the vibrant street food scene and local art. End the day with a relaxing dinner at La Purísima.
Bedtime
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Middle of the World and Indigenous Culture

Morning
Begin your day with a trip to the Middle of the World Monument (La Mitad del Mundo), where you can straddle the equator. Visit the Intiñan Solar Museum to learn about indigenous cultures and the significance of the equator.
Afternoon
Afterward, head to the Quito Indigenous Culture + Old Town to immerse yourself in the rich indigenous heritage of Ecuador. For lunch, enjoy a traditional meal at El Ventanal.
Evening
In the evening, take a Quito Urban Legends of Quito by Night tour to discover the city's intriguing folklore and history. Conclude the day with a dinner at El Crater Restaurant with stunning views of the city.
Bedtime
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Cotopaxi National Park and Lagoon Adventure

Morning
Depart from Quito for a full-day Cotopaxi National Park & Quilotoa Full-Day Tour. Explore the stunning landscapes of Cotopaxi National Park and enjoy a hike around the Limpiopungo Lagoon. For breakfast, stop by Pim's Panecillo for a delicious start to the day.
Afternoon
Continue your adventure with a visit to the Cotopaxi Volcano. Enjoy a picnic lunch in the park before heading to the Quilotoa Lagoon, a breathtaking volcanic crater lake. For dinner, indulge in a meal at Zazu.
Evening
Return to Quito in the evening and relax at your accommodation or enjoy a leisurely evening in the city.
Bedtime
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Mindo Cloud Forest and Waterfalls

Morning
Depart from Quito for a From Quito Guided Day Trip to the Mindo Cloud Forest. Explore the lush cloud forest, visit the butterfly farm, and take a thrilling zipline adventure. Enjoy a hearty breakfast at Casa Gangotena before your journey.
Afternoon
After your forest adventure, visit the stunning Pailón del Diablo Waterfall and the Manos de Dios Waterfall. For lunch, dine at Urko Cocina Local for a taste of local cuisine.
Evening
Return to Quito in the evening and relax at your accommodation. Consider a visit to Telefériqo Quito for panoramic views of the city before dinner at La Boca del Lobo.
Bedtime
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Art, Culture, and Farewell to Quito

Morning
Spend your last morning in Quito exploring the vibrant art scene at Calle La Ronda. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at La Boca del Lobo before your departure.
Afternoon
Visit the Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila to admire the works of renowned Ecuadorian artist Ortega Maila. For lunch, savor the flavors of Ecuador at La Boca del Lobo.
Evening
Conclude your trip with a visit to the Quito 2.5-Hour City Bus Tour to see the city's highlights one last time. Enjoy a farewell dinner at Zazu to celebrate the end of your Ecuadorian adventure.
Bedtime
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