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Ecuador’s capital stands at an altitude of 2,850 metres on the slopes of the active volcano of Pichincha, just 25 kilometres south of the equator.

Founded in the 16th century on the ruins of an Inca city, the old town of Quito is extremely atmospheric.

Most itineraries will allow you time to explore Quito, where you can visit the Mitad del Mundo monument on the equator, go horse riding, white-water rafting, visit an Indian market, or simply take a city tour.

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Key info

  • Where: Pichincha Province, Ecuador

Wildlife trips

This location is featured in the following itineraries:

Amazon & the Galapagos

Take a look at the fantastic wildlife of Ecuador with three days in the Amazon jungle in a private reserve, taking guided boat trips and enjoying bird’s eye views from the canopy walkway. A week’s cruise around the Galapagos Islands tops off the trip with close bird and marine life encounters.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 16 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £9,195 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Galapagos & Ecuador in Style

Take a journey to the enchanting cloud forests of the Andes, staying in a unique biodiversity reserve, and viewing the varied wildlife from walking trails or a rainforest canopy. A luxury naturalist-led cruise in the Galapagos Islands offers emerald waters, rugged coves and a remarkable number of endemic species.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 13 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £8,995 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
Suggested accommodation options are shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Casa Gangotena

Casa Gangotena is an elegant historic mansion overlooking plaza San Francisco in the heart of Quito. Luxurious yet small, this heritage colonial hotel blends sophistication, fine architecture, contemporary design and modern facilities. It offers 31 rooms, each completely unique in size and style.

Hotel Casa Aliso

Formerly a private residence, the Casa Aliso is a small boutique accommodation, full of personality and character. Its 10 en suite rooms are all individually designed with classic and stylish décor; some with views of the beautifully manicured gardens where resident birds are visible throughout the day.

Hotel Patio Andaluz

The Patio Andaluz is a lovely, boutique hotel located right in the heart of the old city, and was declared a National Monument by UNESCO in 1978. It has 32 elegant rooms, each decorated with traditional woodwork and furnishings, a restaurant specialising in national and Spanish cuisine, a cava bar and a library.