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UNIQUE TRAVEL EXPERIENCES
  • Day Tours, Cotopaxi
  • Day Tours, Quito Oldtowm
  • Day Tours, Quilotoa
  • Day Tours, Mindo
  • Day Tours, Otavalo
  • Day Tours, Papallacta
  • Day Tours, Quito Oldtowm

Regular Day Tours (1 day)

We offer a taste of the most exciting destinations in and around Quito accompanied by one of our specialist guides.  All tours are private for you only which means that you get personalized attention throughout as well as a flexible itinerary to include all of your most important must-see sights and activities – just let your guide know your preferences at the start of the tour!

Prices include return transport to and from your hotel in Quito with a licensed English-speaking guide for the day.  All entry fees and lunch are excluded – these you can pay on the day depending on which activities you choose to do.
We recommend booking day tours at least 2 months in advance in order to avoid disappointment - our guides schedules typically fill up quickly!

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Quito Reality Tour
PRIVATE TOUR PRICE (PER PERSON)

2 passengers: $45
3 passengers: $40
4 or more passengers: $35

(check inclusions at foot of page)

Quito Reality Day Tour

The concept of this ½ day trip is to show tourists the alternative or "real" side to Quito life, in other words some of the sites that tourists do not usually get to see.

The day starts with a trip to one of the colourful local markets to witness the hustle and bustle of locals buying the huge array of tropical fruits, grains, vegetables and even guinea pigs! Next up is a visit to a traditional Quito confectionary maker to see their method of production and sample the delicious sweets. The tour next takes an artsy angle visiting the wonderfully restored La Ronda district of the old town where you can see various traditional handicrafts such as carvers and a hat-maker amongst other things. Finally we head to the north of the city to the Capilla del Hombre art gallery which displays the finest works of Ecuadorian artist Guayasamin famed for his moving representations of the struggle of Latin America's indigenous people.

We are the only agency in Quito that runs this unique trip so if you are looking for something different and original then come and sign up!

"A really interesting and unique tour of offbeat Quito. Great opportunity to see Quito from a local perspective. Muchas gracias!" (Peter & Jan Martin)

"The Quito reality was fantastic! From the delicious chocolate to the intense artwork of Guayasamin - we loved every minute of it"
(Liz Porter & Michael Walker)

"A quirky little tour that really opened our eyes to some of the hidden highlights of Quito. Keep it going!!!"
(Brad Cohen)
Quito, Ecuador
The Equator day tour
PRIVATE TOUR PRICE (PER PERSON)

2 passengers: $45
3 passengers: $40
4 or more passengers: $35

(check inclusions at foot of page)

The Equator Day Tour

The city of Quito lies just 22km from the equator so it makes a perfect ½ day add-on to your trip.

We visit three different sites: The pictoresque Pululahua Volcanic Crater; The official equator monument for perfect photos with one foot in each hemisphere; and the Inti Ñan Museum where you are able to perform fascinating scientific tests which only hold true at the equator such as balancing an egg on a nail and witnessing the coriolis Force that sends falling water in different directions in each hemisphere.

Don´t forget to bring your passport along if you want a special equator stamp in it !!!

"Excellent tour - good, informative tour guides and enjoyable museum" (Yvonne & William Poppen)

"Awesome fun from start to finish - thanks!"
(Blaire Nelson)

"Nice way to spend 1/2 day out of Quito - recommended!"
(Marcus Brent)
Otavalo day tour
PRIVATE TOUR PRICE (PER PERSON)

2 passengers: $80
3 passengers: $65
4 or more passengers: $55

(check inclusions at foot of page)

Otavalo Day Tour

The indigenous town of Otavalo is famous across South America for its handicraft market and colourful inhabitants, but the area also offers far more besides!!!

The Happy Gringo daytour of course takes you to the famous handicraft market and allows freetime for shopaholics to explore the many wares and splurge, but we also like to take our tourists a little further off of the beaten-path ... so we also find time for a visit to a fascinating weaving workshop, lunch at the spiritual Peguche waterfall, sampling the delicious bizcochos biscuits and cheese at Cayambe, as well as time to see an indigenous family who make and play traditional musical instruments.

An action-packed combo of the best culture, nature and shopping in the Otavalo area!

"Thanks for everything - a really interesting trip!" (Yvonne Vogel)

"Of course we loved the market, but the highlight for us were the off-the-beaten-track visits, especially the weaving family. Highly recommended!"
(Rens Pannekock)

"There's a whole lot packed into the day that we would never have been able to see by ourselves ... a good variety of activities and all-in-all a wonderful day"
(Brent Waters)
Mindo day tour
PRIVATE TOUR PRICE (PER PERSON)

2 passengers: $80
3 passengers: $65
4 or more passengers: $55

(check inclusions at foot of page)

Mindo Day Tour

Mindo is a tiny town set amidst some of the most beautiful and peaceful countryside in the entire country. It is a centre for both nature and for adventure activities - Happy Gringo run two separate itineraries which focus on each area.

The Nature trip first visits a butterfly farm where you will also be able to see orchids and an array of colourful humming birds for which Mindo is reknowned. The rest of the day is spent trekking through the cloudforest with the reward of freetime for lunch, swimming and enjoying the peace and tranquility upon arrival at the picturesque waterfall.

The Adventure trip includes both the adrenalin-rush of a network of flying-fox canopy runs between towers high in the forest canopy, and a more relaxing afternoon floating on a giant inner-tube down the river. Both are completely different ways of taking in the beautiful cloudforest scenery.

There is also the option of a chocolate tour which includes a demonstration of the chocolate-making process and of course tasting too!

"Loved the adventure trip - we searched for ages in many Quito agencies and this is by far the best Mindo daytrip that we found!!!" (Danny Perch)

"It was wonderful to escape from the city into nature for a day"
(Lorraine and Carol Springer)

"A really enjoyable trip to somewhere we otherwise would not have visited - thanks for such a memorable day"
(John Court)
Mindo day tour
PRIVATE TOUR PRICE (PER PERSON)

2 passengers: $95
3 passengers: $85
4 or more passengers: $65

(check inclusions at foot of page)

Cotopaxi National Park

The Cotopaxi National Park is home to Ecuador’s most destructive yet captively photogenic volcano – towering in at 5897 metres this giant peak boasts a perfectly symmetrical snow-capped cone and picturesque surrounding parkland.

The most enjoyable part of the itinerary is the trek up to the snowline refuge to enjoy panoramic views (in clear weather) and visit the glacier. The day also usually includes visits to the park museum and the pretty Limpiopungo Lake but can be flexible to your needs.

Note that during this trip you will travelling to points of high altitude (approx up to 4800 metres) and that warm clothes are recommended.

Mindo day tour
PRIVATE TOUR PRICE (PER PERSON)

2 passengers: $85
3 passengers: $70
4 or more passengers: $60

(check inclusions at foot of page)

Quilotoa Laguna

Quilotoa Laguna is a rewarding daytrip that takes you off of the regular beaten tourist path high up into “grand canyon” area of the Andes. The laguna and crater will literally take your breath away, and the area is also culturally very interesting.

The itinerary is very flexible as there are various treks that you can do in this area – the most recommended is to trek into the crater itself down to the lake-side, with the option of riding a mule (or trekking) back out. The altitude of the crater (approx 3800 metres above sea level) make this an enjoyable but challenging walk.

Another recommended visit is the Tigua art workshop which showcases the colourful artwork typical of the region. There are also 2 local markets that make for wonderful visits – Saquisili (Thursday) and Zumbahua (Saturday). Your guide can help to coordinate these activities depending on your wishes and how much time you have.

Note that this is a long day (leaving Quito usually around 7am and returning around 7pm) and that warm clothes are recommended.

Mindo day tour
PRIVATE TOUR PRICE (PER PERSON)

2 passengers: $80
3 passengers: $65
4 or more passengers: $55

(check inclusions at foot of page)

Papallacta

Our daytour to Papallacta is all about relaxation and pampering!!!

The town of Papallacta is famed for exquisite hot-springs boasting renowned curative properties. There are over 15 pools fed by natural springs heated by the nearby volcanoes with temperatures of between 36 and 40 degrees Celsius. There is also an on-site spa offering an excellent array of treatments and a small network of trekking trails.

The itinerary is completely flexible – most people prefer simply to relax and enjoy the hot-spring pools.

Quito Colonial Day Tour
PRIVATE TOUR PRICE (PER PERSON)
2 passengers: $45
3 passengers: $40
4 or more passengers: $35

(check inclusions at foot of page)

Quito Colonial Day Tour

This classic Quito day tour takes you to discover the main historic & architectural icons in the colonial old town.

In 1978 Quito was recognised as the very first World Cultural Heritage site by UNESCO for its beautifully ornate and well preserved old town. Go back centuries in time with this great tour of the city!  

The tour starts with a visit the impressive Basilica gothic style church which also affords great views of the old town. Next we head into the heart of the colonial centre to see the many beautiful colonial plazas and churches, as well as learning about the most important parts of Ecuadorian history. Visits are flexible to your desires but will typically include: Plaza Grande with the government palace and Cathedral, San Francisco plaza and monastery, Street of the 7 crosses including El Mejia, as well as other sites. You may also wish to include the recently restored picturesque streets of La Ronda.

This half day tour is perfect if you wish to learn about the history and culture of Quito with our experienced guides!

"I learnt so much more on this tour than the information that was in my guide book, definitely $40 well spent!" (Colin Marsh, UK)

"Quito has such a beautiful old town and the restorations are impressive. A must-see for anybody with a spare day in the city." (Kim Shank, Canada)

"Andres was a great guide; we especially appreciated the ability to change the itinerary to our liking as we went along. A very interesting trip!" (Carl Spur, UK)
San Francisco ChurchQuito GuardEl Panecillo HillQuito ChurchQuito Oldtown

All tours are available 7 days a week with the exception of Quito reality which does not run on Mondays.

Prices include return transport to / from your hotel (transport to/from Quito airport or valley area will cost a little extra so please let us know in advance) and English-speaking guide.

Exclusions: lunch, entry fees, costs of activities, personal expenses & tips (optional).

All itineraries are suggested only - as the tours are private for your group you have flexibility to make any changes that you prefer - the exact visits and timings can be agreed together with your guide, he/she will be able to advise what activities fit together in the time allowed.

Note that cheaper group daytours may also be available last minute in our office.

Contact our sales staff for further information about the tours or to book.