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Tour: 2-Day Mindo Mini-Adventure

  • Frog Symphony
  • Mindo Butterfly Farm
  • Mindo cable car
  • Mindo bear sign
  • Mindo chocolate tour
  • Mindo scenery
  • Mindo orchid
Tour Highlights
  • Visit the Alambi Hummingbird Sanctuary
  • Check out the Frog Symphony at Lago Mindo
  • Take a Chocolate tour!
  • Hiking in Mindo Nambillo Cloud Forest Reserve
  • Visit a Butterfly Farm and Orchid Garden
  • Go Tubing down a River
Contact To Book

Everything from diving in the Galapagos to food tours in Quito can be arranged for you, depending on what your interests are. We offer mini-adventures and day tours. Some of our most popular add-ons and extensions are below. Let us know if you want to book any other adventures.

Galakiwi Difference: We include all entrance fees on our day tours and mini-adventures!

ECUADOR OPTIONS

City Tour of Quito

We visit the new and old town of Quito, Ecuador, including the Independence Square and the Churches of Basilica, La Compañia and La Catedral. After this we go to the Panecillo (a lookout point in the old town), which affords the best view of Quito, then return to the hotel. 

Trip Info: This trip takes about 3 1/2 - 4 hours and can depart everyday at anytime. Entrance fees to the churches and Panecillo are included.

You’ll need to wear comfortable shoes and bring your camera, rain jacket, and water bottle.

$117 per person – 1 person

$67 per person – 2 people

$67 per person – 3 people

$67 per person – 4 people or more

Gastronomy City Tour of Quito

A tour for the food lovers! The gastronomic highlight is touring through Mercado Iñaquito, where your guide will treat you to samples of everything from local produce and juices, to a plate of pork meats. There are many strange and interesting fruits and vegetables here to try, while wandering through the rest of the market is a great local experience. We never know what surprises are in store for us on this tour!

After the market, enjoy your Quito city, where you will visit the new and old town of Quito, Ecuador, including the Independence Square and the Churches of Basilica, La Compañia and La Catedral. After this we go to the Panecillo (a lookout point in the old town), which affords the best view of Quito. 

Finally, we'll head over to the church of San Augustin. Here, there are more tasty treats to be had. Ecuadorian humitas, tamales, colaciones (sweet snacks) and the not so enticingly named caca de perro (corn covered in sugar) are some of the items we'll treat ourselves to before ending the tour. 

Trip Info: This is a busy trip that takes about 7 hours and can depart everyday. Departure times range from 8-10am. Entrance fees to the churches and Panecillo are included. On Sundays, San Augustin is closed, so a visit to La Ronda is substituted. All food samples are included, but you are free to buy anything you enjoy trying.

You’ll need to wear comfortable shoes and bring your camera, rain jacket, and water bottle.

$191 per person – 1 person

$111 per person – 2 people

$101 per person – 3 people

$91 per person – 4 people or more

City Tour and Equator Line 

After the city tour we go to The Equator line, Mitad del Mundo, located 45 minutes away from Quito to visit the world monument and shops. Here we also visit the Inti Ñan, a local museum where you can see different experiments to prove that you are at the Center of the Earth.

There is an optional visit depending on weather conditions, to The Pululahua crater that is only 10 minutes away from the monument.

Trip Info: This trip takes about 5 hours and can depart everyday at anytime. Entrance fees to the churches, Panecillo, and Equator line museums are included.

You’ll need to wear comfortable walking shoes, bring your camera, rain jacket, and water bottle.

$169 per person – 1 person

$96 per person – 2 people

$90 per person – 3 people

$83 per person – 4 people or more

Twilight City Tour of Quito 

Starting at 4pm, the Quito twilight tour is a great way to see the city as it comes alive at night! The tour includes some sampling of sweets as you visit La Ronda Street (Calle la Ronda). A visit to the chocolate shop for some world famous Ecuadorian chocolate kicks things off. After you learn about and watch how chocolate treats are made, how about sampling a traditional Andean drink canelazo, made of cane sugar, cinnamon and cane alcohol (Adults only for this alcoholic treat!) Visiting another shop that specializes in different types of local honey is also on the agenda during the twilight tour. 

After the sampling, the twilight tour continues with an hour long walking tour of the Old Town. You'll get great views of the Basilica, La Compania de Jesus, Independence Square and the Cathedral. As darkness sets in and lights come on, you'll will be driven to El Panecillo Hill, with the huge madonna statue overlooking the city of Quito.

The tour finishes with a nice dinner (cost: $13-18pp) and optional ($7pp) ballet performance, which occurs only on weekends.

Trip Info: This trip takes about 2 1/2 hours and can depart everyday at anytime. Entrance fees are included.

You’ll need to wear comfortable walking shoes, bring your camera, rain jacket, and water bottle.

$123 per person – 1 person

$66 per person – 2 people

$65 per person – 3 people

$63 per person – 4 people or more

Quito’s Museums Tour

Your experienced, local guide will bring the history of Ecuador alive on this day tour of Quito’s most interesting museums. You can expect to visit the impressive San Fransisco Monastery, the Colonial Art Museum, Central Bank Museum and Museo de La Ciudad. Each of these museums house important artifacts from the many different cultures that existed here in the past, and still exist in Ecuador today. These collections are among the largest anywhere in the Americas.

Trip Info: This trip can depart everyday at 10am except Sundays and Mondays (museums are closed) and takes 8 hours. Entrance fees to the museums are included in the price.

You’ll need to wear comfortable shoes, and bring your camera, rain jacket and your water bottle.

$187 per person – 1 person

$107 per person – for 2 people

$97 per person – for 3 people

$87 per person – for 4 people or more

Cotopaxi National Park Hike

Get ready for some adventure! A spectacular 2-hour drive in private transport takes you to Cotopaxi Volcano, 5897m, the second highest active volcano in the world. You will visit a museum in the park and hike around a lagoon at the bottom of the volcano to learn about the flora and fauna found at this altitude. You then continue by car up the volcano to the parking lot, at an altitude of more than 4500m.

From there, your hiking begins. It is approximately 90 minutes to the refuge at 4800m where you can enjoy a coca tea or hot chocolate and take a few pictures. After a short break to enjoy the views of the volcano, you will head back towards Quito in the afternoon, driving along the Pan-American Highway. Lunch is either at a stop on the way back to Quito, or your group may decide to by a boxed lunch to enjoy at the park.

Trip Info: This is a full day trip that departs every morning at 8am. Return to Quito late afternoon. Entrance fee to the National Park is included. Lunch is not included ($15-25 per person).

You’ll need warm clothes, a raincoat, and hiking shoes.

$279 per person - 1 person

$143 per person - 2 people

$122 per person - 3 people

$101 per person - 4 people or more

Note this tour sometimes has a minimum of 4 people.

Otavalo Market 

The market in Otavalo is considered one the biggest and best native markets in South America. It's located a little over 2 hours from Quito and you can find all the handicrafts that are made in Ecuador here. En route on the Pan American Highway, we'll visit the village of Calderon where the famous and decorative manufactures of the bread dough known as 'Mazapán' can be found. After you've explored the Otavalo market, we'll make our way to the leather market at Cotacachi.

Trip Info: This is a full day trip that departs in the morning. Return to Quito late afternoon. Lunch (~$10) is not included.

You’ll need comfortable walking shoes, a raincoat, your camera and water bottle. If you are interested in the shopping bring small and new bills.

$229 per person – 1 person

$123 per person – 2 people

$110 per person – 3 people

$96 per person – 4 people or more

 

Bellavista Cloud Forest

If you are a nature lover, this is a day trip designed for you. Head into the Bellavista cloud forest and experience the dramatic changes in the temperature and vegetation compared to back in Quito. Bellavista Cloud Forest Reserve is located almost exactly on the Equator (just slightly north), on the edge of Choco, which is among the most diverse ecosystems in the world.

For many people a highlight here is the vast birdlife as 320 species have been recorded in the Tandayapa valley area of the park. You will likely see hummingbirds and some rare species, and you will most definitely hear many more. With a keen eye you’ll spot other forest creatures in the trees and forest cover as well. There is both primary and secondary forest here and you can learn about the flora and fauna of the area from both a naturalist guide and an ornithologist.

Trip Info: This is a full day trip that can depart everyday at 7am and takes about 8 hours. Entrance fee to the reserve is included. Lunch is not included (~$5-$20).

You need a raincoat, hiking shoes, camera, water bottle, walking stick (optional), and binoculars if possible.

$252 per person – 1 person

$145 per person – 2 people

$132 per person – 3 people

$119 per person – 4 people or more

Papallacta Hot Springs

A visit to Ecuador isn’t complete until you’ve soaked yourself in some soothing thermal waters. Only 2 hours drive from Quito is where you’ll find the Termas de Papallacta. These Hot Springs are located on the Cinnamon trail, which is the same route that Francisco de Orellana took in 1542 when he crossed the Andean mountain range in search of spices and gold, subsequently discovering the Amazon River!

Your route to the hot springs takes a short cut, passing by the church of Guapulo. It is a fun day of exploring, including an overland ride across the forest tundra, called paramo. The highest point reached is 4069m before you descend to the spectacular Papallacta Hot Springs at 3300m.

Included things to do:

  1. Soak in the hot springs, which are of varying sizes and temperatures.
  2. Take photos and enjoy views of the Antisana volcano 5750m.
  3. Go trekking up the river.

Optional Activity: Visit and relax in the spa. Cost is $25. Massage services also avaialble at a cost of $25-65.

When you get hungry, the lunch at the restaurant offers a variety of typical dishes, such as trout. You will return to Quito in the afternoon.

Trip Info: This is a full day trip that can depart everyday at 8am and takes about 8 hours. Lunch is not included in prices ($25-45). 

You need warm clothes, hiking shoes, and a raincoat. A bathing suit, towel, and sandals would be ideal to bring if you want to soak in the pools.

$231 per person – 1 person

$125 per person – 2 people

$112 per person – 3 people

$98 per person – 4 people or more

Horseback Riding

You will be transported from Quito to the Green Horse Ranch, inside the National Reserve Pululahua, which is about 25 miles north of Quito. Quiet, sure-footed, mountain horses will take you through the stunning landscape of this ancient volcanic crater, the biggest one on the whole American continent, and one of only two inhabited craters in the world. With its constantly changing sceneries and biodiversity, this is a great day trip to a part of Ecuador that many tourists don’t discover.

Guided day tours are available for all standards of riders and if you've never ridden before, don’t worry – the Andes is a great place for your first ride!

Trip Info: Lunch is not included, but is available for an additional cost of $20 per person (vegetarian available).  

You’ll need to wear comfortable closed toe shoes, bring a raincoat, camera, and water bottle.

$145 per person – 2 people minimum

$120 per person – 3 people

$80 per person – 4 people or more

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