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Quito City & Middle of the World & Pululahua Crater

  • Destination: Andes, Ecuador, Quito & Northern Andes
  • Price from: $62
  • Duration: 1 day
  • Date/s: Group tour on 22 July 2017 for only $53
  • Departs on: Any day
  • Level: Easy
  • Group or Private tour

If you’re on a tight schedule, this tour gives you a whirlwind tour of the historic city center of Quito, including Panecillo Hill and Calle La Ronda, the equatorial line, known as the middle of the world, and the Pululahua volcanic crater in the northern Ecuadorian Andes.


This tour includes

· A bilingual (English/Spanish) guide
· Lunch
· All entrance fees
· Private transportation
 

This tour does not includes

· Group tour does not include lunch
· Drinks
· Tips
· Any other service not mentioned herein
 

Made-to-Measure Travel

This itinerary is designed to give you an idea of the available options for a visit to Quito and the northern Andes. But keep in mind:

  • We can tailor this trip to suit your needs, tastes, time frame and budget
  • Every aspect of the itinerary can be modified, from the accommodation to the activities

Highlights

Calle La Ronda
La Ronda is a beautiful pedestrian street located in the heart of Quito. It has been nicely restored and is said to be one of the oldest in the city. In the early 20th century it was the home of musicians, poets and politicians who became important in Ecuadorian history. There are now signs to indicate where they lived. These days there are some great toy shops, galleries and cafes. At night La Ronda comes alive and music can be heard playing inside tiny bars and restaurants.
Middle of the World
If you’ve always wanted to tick a visit to the middle of the world, known as la Mitad del Mundo, off your bucket list, then a visit to the equatorial line is a must. The area attracts crowds of visitors to visit the painted line (the actual equator is 250 yards away due to a mix-up in the 1700s) and assorted attractions, which include the Intiñan Museum, the true location of the middle of the world at 0º. The true importance of the monument lies in the fact that Charles Marie de la Condamine’s findings proved that the world bulges at the equator and is not perfectly round, as was once believed.
Panecillo Hill
Colloquially known as El Panecillo, Panecillo Hill is a small hill that is now home to the 45m-high Virgen de Quito which can be seen from the center of Quito. The hill was known as Shugoloma (Hill of the Heart) by the Incas, and was where the Incas worshiped the sun. It later became a Spanish fortress. These days it is a great place from which to get a 360 degree view of Quito, with Cotopaxi in the distance.
Pululahua Volcano
Pululahua is one of the largest volcanic craters in the world, 34km2 and 5km wide, which was last active about 2500 years ago. There is a lava dome rising 500m at the center which is covered in lush cloud forest vegetation. Pululahua was declared a Geobotanical Reserve in 1966. Pululahua is Quichua for cloud of water in reference to the fog that rolls in everyday at midday to fill the crater (it’s best visited early in the morning for this reason!) and which is the only real source of water for local crops. It is one of only two inhabited volcanic craters in the world, and the only one which is cultivated due to its rich soils on the crater floor. Pululahua enjoys a unique microclimate which supports cloud forests, orchids and all kinds of plants that grow on the crater walls and lava dome.
Quito
The Spanish-colonial historic center of Quito, capital city of Ecuador, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978 which has helped it invest in a complete make-over over the past decade. At 2850 meters above sea level it is the second highest capital city in the world. It is also one of the best-preserved historic city centers in the Americas. The old town is packed with architectural treasures, art-filled churches, colonial monuments and picturesque plazas, combined with the throbbing pulse of everyday life.

Rates

Tour type # passengers Price (per person)
Group $62
Private 1 $227
Private 2 $129
Private 3 $98
Private 4-6 $112
Private 7-11 $75
Private 12-15 $57
Private 16-26 $50