Day tours from Quito

Quilotoa Crater Lake

Nearby the Andean Mountains there is emerald color lagoon, located inside a volcano crater with a height of 3800m named Quilotoa. Its geography allows us to go down by its surroundings from the top to its base. Quilotoa has the appearance of a caribbean island, but located in the middle of the andean region. The minerals in the water make the lagoon a spectacle of different tones: green, turquoise and blue. Let yourself be amazed by the Quilotoa lagoon.

Mindo Cloud Forest

Mindo, a small town located in a valley 2 hours northwest of Quito, will offer you a lot of nature and adventure! This day tour will give you the opportunity to explore both. The village is located in the Chocó region, an extended area, reaching from Panamá to Peru, famous for its great biodiversity and endemicity within, probably due to the Andes isolating flora & fauna. It is also the perfect place for birdwatching. Mindo’s cloud forest will amaze you.

Papallacta Hot Springs

A few hours from Quito you can find the thermal pools of Papallacta. On this tour you can enjoy a full day of relax in a magical High Andes landscape. Visiting the hot springs is an experience that will awake all your senses. The secret to Papallacta’s springs lies deep in the earth. The water that pours from the ground at Papallacta is thermally heated by the subterranean activity of the 5,758m-high Volcan Antisana, Ecuador’s fourth-highest mountain. The minerals in the springs are said to have natural health-giving qualities, assisting against the likes of rheumatism, allergies and swelling.

Otavalo Indigenous Market

Otavalo, famous for its indigenous market, a place full of traditions and the country’s best place to do some serious souvenir shopping. The market on Plaza Poncho can be visited any day, although on Wednesday it is a bit bigger and on Saturdays at its maximum, not only covering Plaza Poncho but a big part of the town. But the region has more to offer! Imbabura province is known as the province of the lakes, San Pablo lake is located at the foot of Taita Imbabura (4.621 m) and crater lake Cuicocha can be found next to Mama Cotacachi (4.939 m). These volcanoes are starring in a famous and very interesting legend.

Mitad del Mundo – Equator Monument

The Middle of the World Monument (Ciudad Mitad del Mundo) commemorates the site where 18th-century French explorer Charles Marie de la Condamine once calculated the globe's equatorial line to be. It is located 26 km north of Quito. Make a day trip from Quito to this tourist mecca to snap a share-worthy photo straddling the equator line where the Northern Hemisphere and Southern Hemispheres meet.

Cotopaxi National Park

The Cotopaxi volcano, an almost perfect ice cone that emerges 5897 meters of altitude is something unique in the planet and one of Ecuador’s iconic attractions. The Cotopaxi is the highest active volcano in Ecuador and the second tallest mountain in the country. It’s last eruption took place in August, 2015. The paramo that surrounds the area is habited by rabbits, skunks, deer and Andean weasels known as chucuris, sparrowhawks, black-chested buzzard-eagles, condors, Andean foxes and paramo wolves amongst others. This day combines an active hike and mountain bike ride with spectacular views inside the Cotopaxi National Park.

Quito City Tour & Mitad del Mundo

In this day tour you will visit all the highlights of the old town as well as the equatrorial line and learn about this important site to many ancient cultures. Located in the Andean mountains, Quito is the world´s highest capital city with an altitude of ±2850 meters. Its well-preserved historical center was declared an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978 and it´s considered the cultural capital of South America. In addition the city has a unique geographical location. At Mitad del Mundo (“Middle of the World”) you can stand with both feet on different hemispheres at the same time!

Bellavista Cloud Forest

The Bellavista Reserve is located in the at the southern edge of the Chocó region, an extended area, reaching from Panamá to Peru, famous for its great biodiversity and endemicity within, probably due to the Andes isolating flora & fauna. Discover botanical treasures such as bromeliads and orchids, that are in bloom year round and enjoy the presence of over 330 recorded species of birds in this area. Bellavista’s cloud forest will amaze you.

Quito City Tour

In this half day tour you will visit the main squares, churches and other highlights while your guide will explain you all about Quito’s history. Located in the Andean mountains, Quito is the world´s highest capital city with an altitude of ±2850 meters. Its well-preserved historical center was declared an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978 and it´s considered the cultural capital of South America.

Mitad del Mundo – Equator Museum

Although the equator runs through hundreds of places, Ecuador takes particular pride in its unique geographical location. Both the country’s and its capital city are named after the equatorial line. Less than an hour away from Quito, the Northern Hemisphere and Southern Hemispheres meet at Mitad del Mundo (“Middle of the World”). In this half day tour you will visit this interesting place and learn why it has been an important site for many cultures.

Day tours from Guamote

Community Tour Guamote

The canton of Guamote is the most traditional region in Ecuador, as 95% of the population is Indigenous (while in the whole of Ecuador it is only 25%). Guamote itself has about 5000 inhabitants, but in the mountains surrounding Guamote another 40.000 people live in small communities. On this trip you will visit some of these little villages and you will be shown some of the community development projects that we support in the mountains.

Ozogoche Lake Tour

At roughly 55 km of Guamote, taking winding roads through amazing paramo landscape, you find the authentic Indigenous community of Ozogoche. The community is surrounded by a cluster of 45 beautiful lakes. During the trip you will get an impression of the daily life of the people in the mountains. At 3400m asl. You will get astonishing views of a unique part of Ecuador that is still a piece of pristine untouched nature. This is the place where you can see big herds of lamas and alpacas and look over multiple mountains in a glance!

Day tours from Alausí

Devil’s Nose Train Ride

The biggest complication faced by the construction of the Trans-Andean railroad was the Devil’s Nose, a mountain with almost perpendicular walls. To overcome this obstacle a zigzag railroad was built that climbs more than 500 meters in less than 12 km with steep ascents and descents. It today remains an impressive piece of engineering. While recovering from the mind-blowing descent you will enjoy the views of the narrow gorge of river Chanchán and will have the chance to learn a bit about the traditions and worldview of the Puruhuas in Sibambe.

Day tours from Cuenca

Cuenca City Tour

Enjoy a city tour of Cuenca and its diverse culture on a guided 4 hour walking tour of the city including neighborhoods, markets, churches, the Modern Art museum and Panama Hat museum. Cuenca is considered one of the most picturesque cities in South America. Partially due to its 16th and 17th century era Spanish colonial architecture resembling cities and architecture throughout Spain, the city is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

El Cajas National Park

Visit and trek in El Cajas National Park for a glimpse at lagoons and exotic fauna and flora. El Cajas is a national park located on the northwest side of the city of Cuenca. It’s formed by wetland from glacial origins with more than 200 lakes. The area is home to a large variety of animals, some of which are endemic or highly endangered such as the South American condor, raptors, hummingbirds, pumas, bats, foxes, many amphibians, insects and many more. The park and its surroundings are also famous for its trout population.

Day tours from Guayaquil

Guayaquil City Tour

Guayaquil is the largest and the most populous city in Ecuador, with around 2.69 million people in the metropolitan area, as well as the nation's main port. Traveling by car and foot along the main streets and avenues of the city, you'll see all of Guayaquil's highlights in this guided 3 hour city tour.

Day tours from Puerto Lopez

Isla de la Plata Tour

Isla de la Plata is also known as Poor Men’s Galapagos, due to its comparable ecosystem and fauna. Here the blue footed boobies, masked boobies and frigate birds can be spotted. As these marine birds don’t show fear for humans, you will be able to observe them from very up close. During whale season, which starts in June and ends in September, you can spot humpback whales on your way to island. These big mammals are found in Ecuadorian waters during their migration.

Whale Watching Tour

During whale season, which starts in June and ends in September, you can spot humpback whales on your way to island on this 3 hour whale watching tour. These big mammals are found in Ecuadorian waters during their migration. From Antartica to the coast of the National Park Machalilla they travel more than 7000 km. The young males are the first ones to arrive, followed by the more adult females and males, in July arrive the females ready to reproduce. They carry their babies for 11 months, therefore they say “Las ballenas se hace y nacen en Manabí" (the whales are conceived and born in Manabí). Besides whales it is also possible to observe different species of dolphins.
We offer private and shared day trips from many destinations in the country. Because of our wide range in adventurous, cultural, relaxing and nature tours there must be always something for you to enjoy!