Numerous mountains of more the 5000 meters rise out in the Ecuadorian fragment of the Andes range. On their journey travelers will find many lakes, rivers, waterfalls, thermal springs, forests, indian markets, villages and colonial cities. The Ecuadorian Highlands are very diverse in many ways, unique landscapes, broad variety of cultures, excellent food and specially friendly easy-going people.
QUITO AND ITS SURROUNDINGS
Enjoying a privileged position in the high Andes, surrounded by beautiful valleys and cupped by spectacular mountains, Quito is so close to sky you can almost touch it. We invite you to discover Quito's historical, cultural and contemporary heritage, its World Heritage wonders, and its warm and friendly people.
In Quito, old meets new, mountain high becomes valley deep, and spring prevails year-round. Nestled in the valley of the Incas, surrounded by the grandeur of the Andes and the luxuriance of the rainforest, Quito is a cultural centre of compelling history, architecture, people, art, cuisine and cosmopolitan nightlife, hemmed by a rich, diverse landscape full of captivating adventures and an enchanting, if mystical, energy. all within easy reach. With five distinct zones, each with its own unique flavour and potential for discovery, Quito holds an infinite wealth of experiences for every visitor. .
The world famous Equator Line, “Mitad del Mundo” is located only 30 minutes away from Quito. Here you will have the opportunity to jump from the Northern Hemisphere to the Southern Hemisphere. In the 18th century the French Geodesic Expedition arrived here to perform important researches and investigate the Earth’s actual form. A monument and an interesting Ethnologic Museum were built. The Museum will teach you about all the different cultures of Ecuador.
Otavalo market and surroundings
The Otavalo Indians are the most ambitious and prosperous craftsmen/merchants in Ecuador. Ponchos, wooden goods, and Indian jewelry are sold here. Then visit the small town of Cotacachi, known for its genuine leather work. Also visit "Cuicocha Lake" the most beautiful lagoon in Ecuador.