- Quito & Otavalo Extension2 days from $535
After your Galápagos voyage, discover the magic of mainland Ecuador on an adventure to colonial Quito and the celebrated Otavalo market. Stroll down cobbled streets and admire stunning Spanish-style architecture in Quito’s historic center, one of the first UNESCO World Heritage–designated sites. Then head into Ecuador’s Andean highlands to visit Otavalo, a town renowned for its exquisite textiles and rich indigenous heritage.
At the conclusion of your Galápagos expedition, continue by air from Guayaquil to Quito, then transfer to your elegant hotel, a refurbished historic mansion overlooking the San Francisco Plaza in the heart of the colonial center. After checking in, venture into the surrounding cobblestoned streets and plazas on a walking tour of this well-preserved colonial capital, which is designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. Later, opt to take part in an exclusive cultural activity at the hotel. Enjoy dinner at your leisure.
This morning, cross the Equator and travel north through the spectacular Andean highlands to the town of Otavalo, situated in the shadow of the towering—and extinct—Imbabura volcano. Spend the morning exploring Otavalo’s celebrated markets, strolling down aisles adorned with vibrant fabrics and textiles, jewelry, ceramics, and much more. Then visit a nearby village to observe the traditional weaving technique, and relax over lunch at a historic countryside hacienda. Return to Quito later this afternoon and enjoy an evening at leisure to explore on your own.
After breakfast, transfer to the airport in Quito to connect with your flight home, or extend your stay in Quito at an additional cost.