day trip

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.

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.

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.