Provincia de Pichincha Things to Do

  • Idolatery?
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    Do not mess with us!
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Provincia de Pichincha Things to Do

  • Colonial Quito

    Quito Things to Do

    We wanted to take this opportunity to say THANK YOU! Our travel was beautiful, a bride's absolute dream, all because of Edwin´s hard work. At the beginning we have had some problems with the arrival transfer nobody was there.- That was annoying, as it was the first time we were in Quito, then for the next day we could contact a guy who helped us...

  • Mitad del Mundo

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Quito Things to Do

    Although a only short distance from Quito, it is very arid here. Be sure to bring sunglasses and sunscreen. The admission price is higher than others have reported: $3. There is an ethnologic exhibit inside the monument, $3 extra. The park is a waste of time if your don't take it in. Also the exhibit without asking for a guide that speaks your...

  • Museums

    Quito Things to Do

    Museo Numismático is housed in a building where Banco Central del Ecuador once was housed. It is a museum over different currencies used in Ecuador, from early times when grains and shells where used, to the Sucre and high inflation rates, and the change to US dollars. Admission for foreigners was $1 (August 2013). The museum is open 9 – 17 on...

  • El Panecillo

    4 out of 5 stars

    Quito Things to Do

    El Panecillo is quite close to the city center so easy to get to. Don't go walking though! That's not so safe. The most special thing about going up here for me is that I finally had a good overview of the city including the south part which I had never seen before. If you are lucky and the sky is totally clear you can see the Cayambe and the...

  • Local Markets

    Quito Things to Do

    Mercado Central is a good place to come to if you want to eat a cheap meal. There are several eateries serving traditional Ecuadorian food and fresh fruit juices in the market building. And of course you can also buy fruits and vegetables here. There are also stalls selling dry goods, flowers, meat and fish. I enjoy walking around in local...

  • Hiking Rucu Pichinch

    Rucu Pichinca (4696m) is one of the main summits on Volcán Pichincha (the other is Guagua Pichincha 4794m). It is the peak closest to Quito and it is not difficult to climb. I had read that there had been robberies along the trail so I asked at the Tourist Office in Quito how the safety was at the moment. They told me it was safe now, especially on...

  • Refugio de Vida Silvestre Pasochoa

    Refugio de Vida Silvestre Pasochoa is situated 30 km southeast of Quito. It is a protected forest reserve established in 1982. Here you can find one of few remaining original Andean forests. Pasochoa is situated in the collapsed crater and on the slopes of Volcan Pasochoa. The reserve stretches from an elevation of 2700m to the summit of Volcan...

  • Hiking in Pasochoa

    When I arrived to Pasochoa I got a brochure with a simple map. Also at the lower part of the reserve there are maps on signboards. There are several trails, mostly in the forest area. It was a sunny day, so I was a bit disappointed to be in the shadow under the trees in the beginning. However, I walked higher and finally got to the open paramo...

  • Facilities at Refugio de Vida Silvestre...

    When I arrived to Pasochoa I first registered (name and passport number) and then I got a brochure with information about Pasochoa and a simple map. Along the trail there are a few signpost with information about the different trails, elevation and time it approximately takes to walk the different trails. Coming back down I passed a picnic area...

  • Maquipucuna: Easy Bird Watching

    One of the great things about the forest surrounding the Maquipucuna Reserve is the abundance of avian creatures. In just a few days, we were able to observe numerous species, including the beautiful quetzal, several different toucans, tanagers, hawks, and flycatchers. However, one of the best, and easiest, ways to observe birds is to have lunch....

  • Maquipucuna: Palmitos Trail

    This trail begins near the Scientific Research Station, climbing beyond the Reserve's orchid garden and angling upwards through the secondary cloud forest which is typical of the reserve. After walking along the ridge for a short while, the trail drops down a steep, switchback area to the Tulambi River. This area is beautiful and quiet, except for...

  • Maquipucuna: Waterfall Trail

    This trail is a short, pleasant hike from the road leading up to the Maquipucuna Lodge. About 1km before the bridge, there is a small parking lot. Head up and away. The hike is about 200m long, not very strenuous at all. Along the way there is a small lookout if you wish to stop and eat or birdwatch. Passing that, the trail winds down into a small...

  • Maquipucuna: River Trail

    This moderate but exhilarating trail runs about 3 km in length, taking about 2-3 hours to complete. You start off heading down along the Umachaca River, weaving through the dense undergrowth as you follow the water downhill. Turning up from there, it is a long slog through the forest. I highly recommend a walking stick as it is almost always damp...

  • Mitad del Mundo

    Located just 20km north of Quito, going here will not only give you a chance to stand on the Equator, but it also hosts a very nice little museum with artifacts from all of Ecuador's ethnic groups. The museum is located in the monument standing on top of the Equator. Also, there are nice little shops etc. right next to it. Some days (I believe on...

  • Hacienda Picalqui

    The Hacienda Picalqui is owned and run by the Ecuadorian NGO Fundacion Brethren y Unida. The following information comes from their website. For more information regarding their work, please visit For information about volunteering or stays at the hacienda, you can e-mail them, in English or Spanish, at Tell them...

  • Mindo

    Mindo is a weekend get away for the Quiteños. Located just 2hrs from Quito, if offerst the opportunity to hike through rainforest, swim beneath waterfalls, tubing ($3 - make sure you get an experience guide!), or horseback riding. The town is tiny (pop. 1500), but, like most places in Ecuador, very tourist friendly. There are several small hostels...

  • Cayambe

    The city of Cayambe, situated 1.5hrs northeast of Quito, got its name from the Volcano that towers over it (at 5790m). The city of Cayambe is a medium size city and has most things you need to live comfortably. The city is charming and while it has some tourist activities (the closest most tourists come to Cayambe is when they pass by 10km west of...

  • Quito

    Quito, the capital of Ecuador, is for many the only place they visit in the province. No shame in that, Quito is an amazing city nestled in a small valley. For example, Colonial Quito, is one of the best preserved colonial areas in South America and is an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built on the slopes of the Pichincha Volcano, the city is located...

  • Cochasqui Indigenous Ruins

    On the way to Otavalo from Quito (a few miles before Tabacundo, or about 1hr and 15min north of Quito), there is a protected area that contains 15 truncated clay pyramids covered by earth and grass and nine with long ramps. I have acutally never been here, but some of my friends went, and they really enjoyed it. Essentially, Cochasqui is an...

  • Esperanza (close to Cayambe and...

    To really experience a small highland town, you can make a daytrip to the town of Esperanza, located about 1.5hrs north of Quito. Esperanza is a cute place with a nice church, and a very nice view of the valley. A small park right infront of the church offers a good place to have a picknick while enjoying the view. The church in Esperanza is really...

  • Las Lagunas de Mojanda (outside of...

    Right next to the town of Tabacundo (a few minutes away from Cayambe), you will find the Lagunas de Mojanda. Essentially, there are two lakes, and smaller and one bigger one, located at almost 4000m (in the "paramo"). The place will offer a great view, a relaxing afternoon, and if you´re lucky you might just spot a condor!To visit the lakes, you...

  • Visit the church of the Virgin of...

    El Quinche is very well known by "La Virgen del Quinche" (El Quinche virgin) where there is a sanctuary to Nuestra Señora del Quinche in the main plaza. Also known for the processions held on 21 November honoring the virgin and asking for miracles. The small village is situated fairly close to Cayambe. The virgin's image was the work of a sculptor...

  • Watch them bless cars in Quinche!

    El Quinche is very well known by "La Virgen del Quinche" (El Quinche virgin) where there is a sanctuary to Nuestra Se?ora del Quinche in the main plaza. This is also where people from all over come to have their new cars, trucks, bikes, etc, blessed by the monks. It?s truly a cultural experience for somebody who did now grow with catholicism!

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