In the Historic Center of Quito, at walking distance from the hotel you can visit:
Iglesia de la Compañía de Jesús
Baroque church, built in gray stone of volcanic origin. Carved with a fine sheet of 23 gold carats by artists of the Quiteña School. (5 minute walk from hotel).
Basílica del Voto Nacional
Located in the historical center with a neogothic architectural style. It has 115 meters of height, composed of 24 internal chapels that represent to the provinces of the country. Its gargoyles portray animals from Ecuador. (15 minute walk from hotel).
Museo de la Ciudad
Located where it was used to be the old hospital San Juan de Dios that functioned for more than 400 years, from 1565 to 1974. It has 4 permanent expositions; Old Hospital San Juan de Dios, Quito in the nineteenth century, Quito and the colonial regime and ancient societies of Quito. (8 minute walk from hotel)
Prestigious theater of Ecuador where national and international cultural events are presented. (10 minute walk from hotel)
Iglesia y convento de Santo Domingo
The church of Santo Domingo and its convent compiles a great number of works of art of the Quiteña School and others brought from Europe. The church is covered by works in cedar and gold leaf. Within the whole, the Chapel of the Virgin of the Rosary is the best known. (2 minute walk from hotel).
Plaza y conjunto San Francisco
Known as «the Escorial of the New World”, because it is the largest architectural complex in the historic centers of America. In its 40,000 m2 there are thirteen cloisters, three temples and a large Atrium. It is the cradle of the famous Quiteña School of art. It has a religious art museum «Fray Pedro Gocial»(5 minute walk from hotel).
Plaza de la Independencia
Plaza de la Independencia also known as Plaza Grande, in it are several architectural gems such as the Monument to the Heroes of August 10, 1809 and The Metropolitan Cathedral. There is also the Government Palace, the Municipal Palace, the Archbishop’s Palace and the Metropolitan Cultural Center. (10 minute walk from hotel).
Traditional street that was the cradle of painters, writers and poets of the 30s; It was here that songs and corridors were composed and where important politicians of the time met. Here you can find craft workshops, cultural events, restaurants and traditional coffee shops. (5 minute walk from hotel).
From the restaurant of our hotel you can admire the panecillo hill where the Virgin of Quito is located. This monument was carved by Bernardo de Legarda in the 70’s, 31 meters of high and composed of more than 7,000 pieces. From here you can have a privileged view of the north and south of Quito. (In car 8 minutes from hotel).
In the modern area of Quito you can visit:
Capilla del Hombre
It is a cultural center where the works of the famous Ecuadorian painter Oswaldo Guayasamín are collected. Declared by UNESCO as «Priority Project for Culture». The main attractions are: Next to the chapel of the man is the house where the painter lived and the living museum has the largest archeological art in the country. (In car 30 minutes from hotel).
The cable car of Quito begins at 2,950 meters above sea level to reach 4,050 meters above sea level. Here you can have a privileged view of Quito and if the day is clear you can see Cayambe, Cotopaxi and Chimborazo Volcanos. There is also an amusement park called Vulcano park. (In car 15 minutes from hotel).
Mitad del Mundo
The monument Mitad del Mundo of 30 meters of height emphasizes the location of the equatorial line. Within the complex you can also visit the Ethnographic Museum, the Planetarium, craft shops and typical food restaurants. (In car 1 hour from hotel)
On the outskirts of Quito you can visit in 1 day the following sites:
Mindo: Cloud Forest
We have an early departure from Quito heading to the northwest, passing along the edge of the Andes. Lush vegetation and orchids await us in our first stop of Pahuma, an area that is protected by the inhabitants of the sector.
We continue our descent to the town of Mindo which is one of the most important protected areas of butterflies in South America. There are optional adrenaline-fueled activities including canopy or sliding down a wire of two towers.
We depart early in the morning through the Avenue of the Volcanoes to visit the breathtaking Laguna Quilotoa. This is one of the most beautiful and glass-green lakes, situated in the crater of an extinct volcano. The volcanic crater is still perfectly formed, allowing visitors to get a sense of its past history and of its formidable power.
We will walk down from the top of the crater to the lake’s edge. Once at the bottom of the lake we can enjoy the tranquility. To return we can walk or choose to take a mule up the steep slopes. Optional Lunch and return to Quito.
In the morning we drive south through the Avenue of the Volcanoes to the base of the Cotopaxi Volcano, the highest active volcano in the world at 5,897 meters (19437 feet ). The National Park was established as an ecological sanctuary with excellent opportunities to soak up nature and learn about the importance of the importance of the paramo landscapes all around.
If the weather allows us we can take a walk up to the Refuge José Rivas to 4800m (15,748 feet). This height is considered to be equivalent to the highest point in Europe.
Optional lunch at Hacienda La Cienega, a traditional hacienda built in the XVII century. Return to Quito.
Early in the morning we drive north through the Panamerican Highway, crossing the town of Calderon; famous for bread doll figures. We pass by Cayambe surrounded by the heavily cultivated pastures of old haciendas.
We stop at the San Pablo Lake where there is a fine viewpoint at the border of the Imbabura province. Here we can taste famous traditional varieties of cheese and salty biscuits.
Shopaholics, and even those that like the odd souvenir will be delighted by the Otavalo Market. The Otavalos are the most ambitious and wealthy merchants in Ecuador. Ponchos, wooden items and jewelry are sold here. Then we visit the Cotacachi Cayapas Reserve where we can see one of the most amazing sceneries of Ecuador at the Cuicocha Lake. After that we arrive to the village of Cotacachi famous for the quality of leather goods at unbelievable prices. Shops along the main streets are filled with bags, saddles, jackets, boots, vests and purses for which the city is well known. Optional Lunch. Return to Quito.
Papallacta Hot Spring
In the morning we traverse the road used by Francisco de Orellana on his journey to discover the Amazon River, passing through landscapes of great mystery. This is one of the best refuges of sweet water sourced from this incredible ecosystem.
Upon arrival we will take a short walk to enjoy the flora and fauna native. Then soak into thermal pools with healing properties and, relax.