Everything about Quito's setting is dramatic. Located on a relatively narrow plateau high in the Ecuadorian Andes, the city is surrounded by mountains and dominated by the Pichincha volcano towering above. Quito's modern districts and newer houses creep up the mountainsides, and its main avenues are thronged with the hustle and bustle of shopping, markets and city life.
Quito's historic centre, the epicentre of the city, is filled with formidable churches, monasteries and mansions, which earned the city its status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Particularly impressive are St. Augustine Convent & the Parliament Building, whose stone mural depicts the history of Ecuador. The main square is flanked by the Cathedral, the Presidential Palace, Municipal Building and Archbishop's Palace. The nearby the church of San Francisco is one of the great religious buildings of the New World, Baroque influenced by Moorish style.
Quito - Otavalo Market
Remote villages and colourful Indigenous markets rest among the soaring cones of snowcapped volcanoes, such as the famous town of Otavalo to the north of Quito, whose weekly Saturday market is one of the largest in Ecuador. Visitors can observe the hustle and bustle of the town as farmers and country workers flock in to sell vegetables, meat, livestock or beautifully woven or wood-carved handicrafts. The towns and people retain a distinctive identity with fascinating blends of Inca and colonial influences, and many can be visited as a day-trip from Quito.
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14 Night Itinerary from £5,040 from €5,148 from $5,552
This tour includes the Amazon rainforest, a Galapagos cruise to experience the stunning friendly wildlife and an insight into the colonial charm of Quito, high in the mountains.
Quito - Amazon Lodge - Quito - Galápagos CruiseView Tour
19 Night Itinerary from £5,950 from €6,240 from $6,735
Close encounters with friendly wildlife on the Galapagos Islands cruise and experience fascinating cultures in the exuberant rainforest and by the volcanoes on the Andean mountains…
Quito - Amazon Lodge - Quito - Riobamba - Cuenca - Guayaquil - Galápagos CruiseView Tour
14 Night Itinerary from £5,279 from €5,434 from $5,862
Visit the mountain villages with local markets, along the Avenue of Volcanoes, high in the Andes. Take a cruise in the Galapagos Islands to observe the abundant friendly wildlife.
Quito - Galapagos Cruise - Quito - Riobamba - Cuenca - QuitoView Tour
13 Night Itinerary from £2,226 from €1,771 from $1,893
We explore the exuberant rainforest from the comfort of a boat travelling on the Napo River. admire Andean landscapes and the Pacific coast with Isla Plata teeming with wildlife.
Quito - Amazon River Cruise - Machalilla - GuayaquilView Tour
Ninos Galapagos Tour
13 Night Itinerary from £4,799 from €4,858 from $5,238
Close encounters with tame wildlife are a unique experience for youngsters to develop an appreciation of the natural world. Doing so with family builds a bond for life.
Quito - Galapagos CruiseView Tour
9 Night Itinerary from £3,898 from €3,777 from $4,067
The essential tour of the Galapagos, and the quickest way to get to the islands to discover the wildlife.
Quito - Galapagos CruiseView Tour
Encantada Landmark Tour
17 Night Itinerary from £5,394 from €5,572 from $6,012
Cruise the Galapagos Islands. experience the Andean mountains, colonial heritage and Inca civilisation. Option to continue to Lake Titicaca, La Paz and the stunning setting of Rio …
Quito - Galapagos Cruise - Lima - Cusco - Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu - Lake Titicaca (optional extention) - La Paz (optional extension) - Rio de Janeiro (optional extension)View Tour
Libertador Landmark Tour
15 Night Itinerary from £5,857 from €6,128 from $6,614
Cruise the Galapagos Islands for close encounters with friendly wildlife, combined with the landscapes of the Andean mountains, colonial heritage and ancient Inca civilisation.
Lima - Lake Titicaca/Puno - Cusco - Sacred Valley of the Incas - Machu Picchu - Quito - Galapagos CruiseView Tour
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