Quito & beyond

Nothing prepares you for the approach into Quito. Cradled in a ring of snow-capped volcanoes this stunning high-altitude Andean capital is breathtaking. And after a 250 million-dollar investment, its copious colonial churches, convents and monasteries have been scrubbed and polished to perfection. Before jetting off to explore further afield be sure to meander the majesty that is the city’s UNESCO-protected old town, walk its cobblestone streets during the day when cafes serve freshly-squeezed juice from dozens of tropical fruits. Explore the northern highlands on horseback and stay at romantic centuries-old haciendas. In Otavalo browse South America's largest handicraft and textile market. Or venture west to the Mindo cloud forest to explore pre-Incan burial mounds and see how many of the 400 species of birds you can spot.

Why we like it

  • Mitad del Mundo - latitude 00°00'00"
  • The view from El Panecillo
  • Gondola ride above the clouds
  • Rich mix of architectural heritage & cultural traditions