Surroundings of Quito

  1. Mitad del Mundo: This site marks the equator line, where you can stand with one foot in the northern hemisphere and the other in the southern hemisphere. There’s a commemorative monument and a museum exploring the history and geography of the equator line.

  2. Quito Teleférico: This cable car takes you from the city up to the heights of the eastern Andean mountain range. From the top, you can enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of Quito and its surroundings.

  3. Cotopaxi National Park: Located a few hours from Quito, this national park is home to Cotopaxi volcano, one of the tallest and most active volcanoes in the world. Visitors can go hiking, climb the volcano, and enjoy the natural beauty of the Andean páramo.

  4. Papallacta Hot Springs: These hot springs are about a two-hour drive from Quito, amidst spectacular mountainous scenery. It’s a perfect place to relax and enjoy the natural hot springs.

  5. Quilotoa: This stunning volcano crater, located about four hours from Quito, holds a emerald green lagoon inside. Visitors can hike around the crater rim and enjoy breathtaking panoramic views.

  6. Mindo: This picturesque town in the cloud forest is known for its abundant biodiversity and numerous outdoor activities such as birdwatching, hiking, and river tubing.

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