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The Old Town of Quito has beautiful buildings from the time of the Spanish colony and a UNESCO world cultural heritage area. The lovely area is the highlight of any visit to Quito.

A city map with the most important sights of the Old Town of Quito and a map of the New Town of Quito can be downloaded and printed here as a PDF-file.

There are also many day trips to the surroundings of Quito that you can do from CASA HELBLING.


Quito Historical Old Town

Quito Historical Old TownTake a taxi (ca. US$ 3) to the Basilica Church. Its spires offer a beautiful view of the Old Town. Walk down Garcia Moreno to the center. On Sundays, the Old Town is pedestrianized.

Papallacta Hot Springs

Papallacta Hot SpringsTake a taxi (ca. US$ 7) to the Quitumbe bus station. Take a bus headed for Baeza, Tena, Coca or Lago Agrio, buy a ticket only to Papallacta. The ride takes about 2½ hours. From there you have a 30-45 min. walk to the springs. You can also take a van at the turn-off that goes to Baeza. The "camionetas" (vans) drive you to the hot springs for a few dollars.


Teleferico de Quito, Source:Wikipedia ©vondieder Cable car to Rucu Pichincha. Best to take a taxi. The ride up takes about 20 minutes, up to 4.100 meters. The view of Quito from here is spectacular, and during cloud-free weather the snowcapped Cayambe, Antisana, and Cotopaxi are visible. In about 3½ hours, the summit can be reached. Immediately turn back if the weather worsens. Take enough water and a good jacket. Make sure not to miss the final descent.

Pululahua Crater

Pululahua CraterBy bus: From Avenida América, take the Metrobus north to La Ofelia, the final stop. Switch to a bus to Mitad del Mundo. Buses go another 5 kilometers (towards Calacali) to the intersection to the Pululahua Crater. From here, it's a one-kilometer walk to the scenic view (mirador). A very steep leads down into the crater, which is inhabited and farmed. There are several restaurants, a hostel and tours on horseback (see below). It's also great for birdwatching and viewing orchids.
Horseback Riding with Astrid Müller

Otavalo Market

Otavalo MarketSaturdays. Buses from the Terminal Carcelen depart every half hour from 4:30 a.m. The ride takes about 2½ hours.

Pasochoa Protective Forest

Take a taxi to La Marin bus station in southern Quito. Take a bus to Amaguaña (departs every 15 minutes). From Amaguaña take a pickup to the park entrance (US$ 10 each way). Park entrance fee US$ 7.

Bus and pickup ride to the entrance take about  1½ hours. The Walk from the entrance to the summit takes about 6 hours, the descent takes about ca. 3½ hours. There are places to stay in the park including a hostel and camping ground.

Important: Book the driver for a return from the park entrance to Amaguaña (set a time for him to pick you up). Don't pay in advance or he won't show up!

Saquisilí Market

Saquisilí MarketThursdays. Take a very early bus from the Terminal Quitumbe directly to Saquisilí. The ride takes about 1½ hours. Alternatively, take a bus to Latacunga (leaves every 30 minutes) and from there take a pickup (Camioneta) to Saquisili.

Cotopaxi National Park

Source: Wikipedia © Tobias1983 Cotopaxi National Park in a 4x4 with driver. Walk-in tours can be booked at several agencies.
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Cotopaxi National Park on bicycle

Mitad del Mundo

Mitad del MundoBy bus: From Avenida América, take the Metrobus north to La Ofelia, the final stop. Switch to a bus to Mitad del Mundo. The Inti Nan Museum adjacent to the "official" monument is less touristy and more interesting.

You can continue the trip with a tour to the Pululahua Crater.

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