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Quito Unleashed: 10 Days of Adventure and Culture

Giulia Madonini

Giulia Madonini

21 Nov 2023

Embark on a thrilling journey through Quito, Ecuador, as you uncover ancient marvels, immerse yourself in vibrant culture, and witness breathtaking natural wonders. From soaring cable car rides to exploring hidden museums, this itinerary promises an unforgettable experience for solo travelers.

Trip to Quito

Day 1Cable Cars, Palaces, and Revolutionary Tales
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$42

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$ 2

TelefériQo Cable Car
Attraction with a cablecar lift to the top of a mountain for high-altitude hikes & panoramic views.
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
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$30
11 - 14 min

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Carondelet Palace
1801 palace housing government offices & presidential quarters, with areas open to the public.
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
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Free
5 - 8 min

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Manuela Sáenz Museum
Paintings, weapons & documents unpacking the dramatic story of a 19th-century revolutionary heroine.
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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$11
Day 2Museums, Churches, and Colonial Charms
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$30

Alberto Mena Caamaño Museum
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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$11
3 - 4 min

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Church of the Society of Jesus
Iconic baroque church, built from 1605–1765, known for its elaborately carved, gilded interior.
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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$19
5 - 8 min

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Calle La Ronda
Cobblestone alley featuring restored historic buildings & a lively bar scene in the evening.
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Free
23 - 34 min

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Virgin of the Panecillo
Hilltop statue of a winged Virgin Mary made of aluminum, on a pedestal & standing 30 m. tall.
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
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Free
Day 3Conquer the Majestic Pichincha Volcano
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$0

Pichincha Volcano
Active stratovolcano with hiking & climbing, plus the panoramic TelefériQo gondola at its foothills.
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Free
Day 4Water Museums and Gothic Grandeur
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$27

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$ 2

Yaku Water Museum
Contemporary museum with exhibits highlighting the scientific & social significance of water.
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
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$15
7 - 9 min

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Basílica del Voto Nacional
Monumental 19th-century church featuring ornate neo-Gothic styling & city views from its towers.
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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$11
Day 5Geobotanical Wonders and Cultural Delights
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$15

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$ 3

Pululahua Geobotanical Reserve
Ecological reserve spanning across the mountainous landscape surrounding the Pululahua volcano.
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
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Free
9 - 11 min

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Intiñan Site Museum
Museum showcasing exhibits from places on the equator, plus equator-related science experiments.
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
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$15
32 - 39 min

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Parque Bicentenario
Expanse of tree-lined walkways, sports facilities & ornamental gardens across a disused airport.
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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Free
Day 6Artisan Markets, Parks, and Panoramic Views
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$0

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$ 2

La Mariscal Artisan Market
Lively covered market with vendors selling Ecuadorian textiles, jewelry & other traditional crafts.
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
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Free
8 - 12 min

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Parque El Ejido
Large, tree-filled park with paths, weekend art exhibitions & vendors selling food & crafts.
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
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Free
11 - 14 min

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Parque Itchimbía
Forested park with hiking trails & an ornate, 19th-century glasshouse full of rare trees & orchids.
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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Free
Day 7Contemporary Art, Parks, and Serene Escapes
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$0

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$ 2

Contemporary Art Center of Quito
Museum in a former military hospital featuring contemporary art exhibits & cultural programs.
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
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Free
9 - 14 min

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Parque La Alameda
City park with an astronomical observatory, a statue of Simón Bolívar & a lake with boat rentals.
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
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Free
12 - 15 min

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Parque Guápulo
Sprawling green area with 2 lagoons, sports courts & a playground, plus palm & eucalyptus groves.
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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Free
Day 8Botanical Gardens and Urban Oasis
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$12

Quito Botanical Gardens
Sprawling green space with Japanese gardens, a bonsai collection & a boating lagoon with fountains.
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
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$11
6 - 9 min

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Parque La Carolina
Biking, soccer & basketball are popular in this vast park featuring a pond with paddle boats.
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
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Free
Day 9Nature Retreats and Artistic Inspiration
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$19

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$ 2

Parque Metropolitano Guangüiltagua
Elevated nature area with wooded trails & viewing decks overlooking the city, plus native alpacas.
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
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Free
15 - 18 min

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Capilla del Hombre
Museum honoring Latin Americans with extensive artworks by Oswaldo Guayasamín & artifacts.
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
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$19
Day 10Conquer Cotopaxi National Park and Revel in Ukelele Plaza
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$38

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$ 2

Parque Nacional Cotopaxi
Expansive national park offering sweeping mountain views, a variety of trails, campsites & lodges.
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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$38
142 - 171 min

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Ukelele Plaza
Colorful trampoline park with a synthetic soccer field, also offering kids' birthday parties.
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
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Free

Budget breakdown: $189 In total

Activities & Food:$180
Transport:$9