Quito things to do

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Quito things to do

Postby Alpine_Resort » Fri Dec 28, 2012 10:39 pm

We're (husband and I) doing a Galapagos tour and then the Ecuador experience tour after which we've got 3 days in Quito. I'm wondering if anyone has some ideas of things we should do. I'm thinking of going to Mindo. I've seen some reviews of a Macquipiqui lodge that looks really nice. We've done the ziplining thing and I'm more interested in jungle hikes than adrenalin rush stuff. Has anyone been to Pappalacta?
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Re: Quito things to do

Postby zebracruiser » Sun Dec 30, 2012 1:51 am

I stopped at Papallacta on the way to the Napo River - Caso Del Suizo lodge in the Amazon Basin. Loved the hot springs - beautiful setting along a mountain river and had an excellent lunch there as well. Also loved Caso del Suizo - sweet lodge overlooking the river - took day trips out to explore by boat, hiking, tubing on the river and visiting the local villages. The drive there through the Andes is spectacular.
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Re: Quito things to do

Postby northstar56 » Sun Jan 06, 2013 10:57 pm

We were in Quito two winters ago. Mindo was a highlight! Definitely go and see it.
We stayed a Villa Nancy - not fancy but definitely friendly. Through the Villa's owner, we hired a local guide (Angel) and his van to drive us to the Otavello market. It was a day long excursion. Another couple at the Villa came with us and we split the cost. Very inexpensive.
We also spent a day on the bus and train system in Quito. We visited the old historic "downtown" and just wandered around taking it all in. Be very wary of random people striking up conversations with you! Lots of scammers and pickpockets.
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Re: Quito things to do

Postby Alpine_Resort » Sun Jan 06, 2013 11:17 pm

Thanks! I'm still curious about Maquipicuna. Sounds like Mindo might be the place to go.
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Re: Quito things to do

Postby tico » Mon Feb 18, 2013 8:18 pm

It all depends on what you like to do, of course.

I got back from a trip around the Quito area in early February. Both Mindo and Papallacta are great, for different things. If you want a close to nature thing, definitely go to Mindo. If you want something a little luxurious, go to Papallacta (great spa!). But don't discount Quito itself - I loved just wandering around, poking around the markets, people-watching from the cafes, and such.
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Re: Quito things to do

Postby markmol » Mon Feb 18, 2013 9:40 pm

the old part of Quito is good to wander around, the Cantuña cathedral is lined inside with gold & the changing of the guards at the presidental palace is worth watching, there is also market stalls to look at.
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