10 engaging Quito excursions during your Galapagos Islands layover

10 Engaging Quito Excursions During Your Galapagos Islands Layover

Are you planning a Galapagos Islands vacation and need a layover destination? Quito, the capital of Ecuador, is a perfect spot for a short stopover. This charming city offers a variety of exciting attractions for travelers of all ages. Here are ten of the most engaging excursions to enjoy during your Galapagos Islands layover:

1. Visit La Mariscal

La Mariscal is the trendiest and bohemian spot in Quito. This quarter is known for its colorful streets, lively nightlife, and multitude of restaurants. Whether you are a foodie or night owl, La Mariscal is the place to be.

2. Take a Trip to Pichincha

Pichincha is a volcanic mountain situated northwest of Quito. It is an excellent spot to observe the beauty of this city from its highest peak. On a crystal clear day, you can admire Quito’s landscape of green hills and snow-capped mountains.

3. Explore Quito’s Historic Center

The Historic Center of Quito is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stroll around its narrow cobblestone streets, admire its colonial architecture, and make sure to visit the majestic Basilica del Voto Nacional and La Compañía church.

4. Visit Intiñan Temple of the Sun Museum

The Intiñan Museum is an interactive museum that explains the movements of the sun, moon and other stars. Its interactive activities will make you understand the principles of astronomy and the Incas’ techniques of astronomy too.

5. Wander Around Neighborhoods

Discover the unique neighborhoods that make up Quito, varying from the old historic center to the modern and expensive La Floresta. Wander around artisanal markets, stay in a rustic hostal or wander around the street sides to observe locals and the intensity of the city.

6. Take a Tour of Middle of the World

The Mitad del Mundo, or Middle of the World, is located just north of Quito. It is the site of a monument and a museum dedicated to Ecuador’s longitude line and other scientific phenomena. Don’t forget to take a picture of standing in the exact center of the world!

7. Go on a Gastronomic Tour

Ecuadoran cuisine is known for its range of flavors and the freshness of its ingredients – so why not explore what Quito has to offer? Treat your taste buds on various unique meals and traditional dishes of Ecuador’s rich culinary heritage.

8. Check Out TelefériQo Lo Bar

This attraction takes you to the Pichincha Volcano for breathtaking views of Quito during the day, and about 400 species of stars and galaxies at night. Don’t miss this views, both during the day and at night.

9. Visit El Panecillo

El Panecillo is one of the most spectacular sites in Quito – a large rocky outcrop with a monument that dates back to 1976. Visit this statue of the Virgin Mary to admire its breathtaking surroundings of Quito’s skyline.

10. Go on a Shopping Spree

Shopaholics will love Quito! Here you can purchase fine art, jewelry, fashion, Ecuadorian chocolate and lots of souvenirs. For those looking for even more authentic items, you can purchase hand-woven fabrics, hats, jewelry and more from various artisanal markets.

As you can see, Quito is full of adventure, beauty and culture. Enjoy your Galapagos Islands layover with these ten engaging excursions!

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