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UNVEILING THE HISTORY AND HERITAGE OF QUITO

The Beacon of America. Just by learning how Quito got its nickname, we can appreciate its significant history and understand its impact to modern Latin-America. By the way if you are curious on the origin of this name, you can ask your guide about it while sipping a specialty coffee freshly brewed right within the monastery in which the declaration of independence was signed… or you can just search that on the internet. Anyway, this city is suitable to be the capital of Ecuador – Small yet richly diverse like the country, and a manifestation of history and heritage in itself.

 

Just consider some of these ideas: Mountain biking through volcanic landscapes, helicopter tours hovering among sacred mountains, UNESCO World Heritage Site tours, a butterfly museum, colonial churches and cathedrals, a jungle chocolate factory, straddling the equatorial line at the "Middle of the World" museum or visiting the Insect Museum. How about a more “local touch?” Shop at the food market early morning. Make your own ceviche and share it with your neighbors. Wander the historic district and have lunch at a “hueca”. For the evening, get to know “Quitenos” by sharing micro-brewed beers with endemic ingredients. In fact, many travelers enjoy experiencing “routine activities” with the local touch. You can, for instance, go on a night-out for a couple of beers or have some really good coffee at a cafeteria. Whatever the thing, we have inside access to the best places in Quito. We are happy – very happy, to be honest – to have access to the best micro brewers in town. Have a sip of unique craft beers infused with local ingredients – some of them quite nice like roses and guayusa. You will not only enjoy a hotel-stay, but an authentic local experience. We can take you to the best coffee roasters and baristas in town – meet the owner, hear his story and about the coffee history in Ecuador. Get a taste of what having an authentic single-origin coffee in Quito is like. Fortunately, it doesn’t stop there. You can also visit an Ecuadorian rose farm, sample local wine and cheese, stay at a luxury hacienda, go horseback riding in the Andes or visit an indigenous animal market… There is just so much to do on a day tour of Quito and its surrounding areas. But going back to the haciendas, you will find an array of them. One has three centuries of history, another is built on authentic Inca ruins, another one is organized by the local indigenous community (here you can actually experience their lifestyle), and even one that sits right at the shoulder of a Sacred Volcano – the view is simply priceless…

 

Most probably, the reason for you to visit this wonderful country is its enchanting islands – the Galapagos – or perhaps the vast and dense Amazon. But do not let other sites get pass through you. Quito and its surrounding areas are lands and “experiences” waiting to be discovered. So choose what you like and then let us work out the details of perfect excursion tailor-made just for you! We are more than happy to share you the best stuff in town.

 

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