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Quito Tours, Vacations, Travel Packages & Experiences


  • One of Quito iconic locations, Basilica Cathedral, and a photo opportunity on all Chile vacations
  • The Mitad del Mundo in Quito provides a great photo opportunity on all Ecuador tours

Located in north-central Ecuador in the Guayllabamba river basin, Quito is the country’s capital city. At an elevation of 2,800 m (9,350 ft) above sea level, Quito is the second highest capital city in the world which can be experienced on an Ecuador vacation.

The area’s earliest inhabitants were the Quito people who gave the city its name. Quito became part of the Incan Empire, growing into a major city before the arrival of Spanish explorers early in the 16th century. The city was officially established, despite resistance from local inhabitants, by Spanish lieutenant Sebastián de Benalcázar in 1534. Roman Catholicism became the religion of the region and more than twenty churches were built during colonial times. During the 19th century, residents of Quito began to strive for independence resulting in the Battle of Pichincha. Victory in this battle marked Quito’s independence from Spain.

The city has continued to grow into the political centre of Ecuador. Recent years have witnessed massive restoration projects which have helped the city maintain its distinct character. Quito was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978 to preserve its colonial convents and churches as well as its famed “Old Town”. This “Old Town” hosts around 130 monumental buildings that celebrate the city’s colonial heritage and is a favourite amongst visitors on Ecuador tours. Quito’s beautiful location coupled with an appreciation for its history makes it an incredible destination to explore.

Because of Quito's elevation and it's location on the equator, it is said the city enjoys eternal springtime.

 


Ecuador Travel Information

At Goway we believe that a well-informed traveller is a safer traveller. With this in mind, we have compiled an easy to navigate travel information section dedicated to an Ecuador vacation.

Learn about the history and culture of Ecuador, the must-try food and drink, and what to pack in your suitcase. Read about Ecuador's nature and wildlife, weather and geography, along with 'Country Quickfacts' compiled by our travel experts. Our globetrotting tips, as well as our visa and health information will help ensure you're properly prepared for a safe and enjoyable trip. The only way you could possibly learn more is by embarking on your journey and discovering Ecuador for yourself. Start exploring… book one of our Ecuador tours today!

 

Extend Your Trip

After your Ecuador vacation packages, why not consider another of Goway's Latin America tours. These include a large selection of other exciting countries in Central and South America. We offer Chile vacation packages and Easter Island toursPeru vacation packages which include Machu Picchu tours and Brazil tours including Iguassu Falls tours among many others.

 

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Quito, Ecuador

  • Mashpi Cloud Forest Lodge

    Experience Ecuador's wild side at Mashpi Cloud Forest Lodge.
    Duration:
    3-4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,544
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Stopovers/City Breaks, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    Ecuador See Trip Details
  • Mindo: El Monte Cloud Forest Ecolodge

    Venture into the Mindo Cloud Forest to stay in an ecolodge and head on birding expeditions. Not only will you explore the beautiful cloud forest and spot rare birds like the Cock of the Rock, Golden-Headed Quetzal, and Toucan, but you’ll also minimize your environmental impact with eco-friendly accommodations.
    Duration:
    3 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,481
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Safaris Worldwide
    Ecuador See Trip Details
  • Napo Wildlife Reserve

    Leave the city behind and escape to an eco-community in the depths of the Amazon Rainforest. Staying at a luxury eco-lodge in Yasuni National Park, you’ll explore one of the most biodiverse ecosystems on the planet and spot incredible animals, from colourful macaws to golden mantle tamarin monkeys to giant otters.
    Duration:
    4-5 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,716
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Family Vacations
    Ecuador See Trip Details
  • Otavalo Overnight

    Just north of one of Ecuador’s most famous markets, Hacienda Pinsqui is a gorgeous 200 year old property in the country’s great outdoors, and a unique addition to any Ecuador tour.
    Duration:
    2 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 691
    Trip Type:
    Stopovers/City Breaks
    Ecuador See Trip Details
  • Pikaia Lodge Galapagos

    A Galapagos trip is one of the world’s great vacations, and Pikaia Lodge offers 4, 5, or 8 day programs to suit a variety of timeframes, interests, and budgets. The Lodge also boasts its own vessel for exploring the islands in detail.
    Duration:
    4-8 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 6,634
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous
    Ecuador See Trip Details
  • Quito & the Countryside

    MODERATE | PRIVATE-GUIDED: With its unending springtime and ‘stone’s throw’ position from the Equator, Quito lays a very real claim to being the center of the world. On this immersive exploration of Ecuadorian capital, discover the city's rich history and the incredible countryside.
    Duration:
    6 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,557
    Trip Type:
    Private Experiences, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    Ecuador See Trip Details
  • Quito Stopover

    FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: Visit the historic sites of Quito’s Old Town and see the city’s dozens of museums, shops, cafes and restaurants. Due to its altitude and location, Quito enjoys eternal spring time.
    Duration:
    3 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 532
    Trip Type:
    Stopovers/City Breaks, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    Ecuador See Trip Details
  • Sacha Jungle Lodge

    Ecuador packs a lot into a small country, and one of its key attractions is a beautiful corner of the Amazon. This extension to your Ecuador tour lets you stay comfortably in this beautiful wilderness.
    Duration:
    4-5 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,720
    Trip Type:
    Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    Ecuador See Trip Details
  • Wonders of Ecuador

    This introductory Ecuador tour takes you to the centre of the world, through some of the most enchanting sights and villages of the Andes. From the Equator to the sea, explore the best of Ecuador.
    Duration:
    8 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,657
    Trip Type:
    Escorted Coach Touring
    Ecuador See Trip Details
  • Wonders of Peru & Galapagos

    FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: Explore two of South America’s most iconic destinations on this convenient 12-day vacation. Start your journey in Quito, where you’ll explore the colonial old town, before you connect to the Galapagos Islands to follow in the footsteps of Darwin. Finish off in Peru by exploring the capital of Lima and the Sacred Valley of the Incas, home to Machu Picchu.
    Duration:
    12 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 4,330
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Classics (Bestsellers), Family Vacations, Small Group Touring
    Peru See Trip Details
  • Wonders of the Galapagos Islands

    Explore volcanic landscapes and spot incredible wildlife on an adventure to the Galapagos Islands. Staying on Santa Cruz Island, you’ll head on day trips to explore this magical archipelago. You’ll spot giant tortoises in the highlands, hike along volcanic beaches full of iguanas and penguins, and experience the stunning biodiversity of this island chain.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,091
    Trip Type:
    Bucket List Travel Ideas, Family Vacations, Small Group Touring
    Ecuador See Trip Details
  • Yasuni Adventure: Sani Lodge: Ecuador Amazon

    Venture into the depths of the Ecuadorian Amazon to explore the world’s most famous rainforest and connect with local Indigenous communities. Staying at a rainforest lodge, you’ll hike through the jungle, kayak across blackwater lagoons, and spot the monkeys, frogs, and caimans that inhabit the Amazon.
    Duration:
    4-5 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,512
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Safaris Worldwide
    Ecuador See Trip Details
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