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01 Sep 2014 - 30 Sep 2014

The festival takes place in the city of Otavalo in Imbabura province during the month of September. It includes folkloric parades, popular bands, and typical food.

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Bienvenidos! Welcome to Ecuador's Capital of Quito!

Ensconced in a fairy-tale setting of spectacular mountains, fiery volcanoes and verdant valleys, Quito is arguably Ecuador's most compelling city. Straddling the old and the new, the colonial and the cosmopolitan with peerless élan, Quito makes for a mesmerizing holiday. Visitors leave with delightfully heady memories of cobblestone streets, an eternal spring-like climate, mouth watering local cuisine, quaint Quito hotels, alluring marketplaces and of the milling-jostling-yet polite inhabitants.

Quito is the only city in the Americas that belongs to both the Northern and the Southern Hemispheres! The yellow line splitting the world into two halves is found here and the visit to Ecuador would ever be complete without a visit to Monument of the Middle of the World.

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Symbolizing Quito's blend of the old and the new, the city is in fact divided predominantly into two areas. The Old City, declared a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO in 1978, still retains its indigenous charm and is where the majority of Quito's travel highlights are located. Redolent of the city's colonial past, it is a delightful medley of crooked cobblestone streets, traditional vendors selling unusual wares and rows upon rows of old-fashioned balconies. And just as the old-world charm beguiles you into believing that you really are caught in a fairy-tale, it assaults your senses with the inescapable reality of straggling stray dogs in the streets, handicapped beggars eking their living by playing music, and tantalizing roast pigs beckoning to you from the windows. You'll also find some charming Quito accommodation options in the Old City.

After the potent charm of the historical Old Town, the New Town is a mere 20-minute walk away and is like walking into another world! Trendy cafes, high-rise office buildings, multi-story Quito hotels and international restaurant chains bring you back to the present era without much warning. Use our Quito map to get your bearings and also choose your hotel in Quito based on its location.

No trip to Quito would quite be complete without a sampling of the country's local fare, available in roadside stalls and in Quito restaurants. Those who'd rather not experiment will find consolation in the fact that the city also offers plenty of international cuisine. Indulge your palate with ceviche, a rather tangy, seafood affair that is considered the one of the country's signature dishes. And while you're at it, you may as well pack a few empanadas and sample the Pilsner style beers or the local rum.

Shopping enthusiasts can indulge their cravings at the many marketplaces throughout the city. Even if you're not a keen shopper, a visit to the market is due simply for the glimpse that it offers of the local life. The markets are the best place to shop for local souvenirs or curious little knick-knacks from around the world.

Quito is also a veritable treat for outdoor enthusiasts, culture buffs, sightseeing addicts and lovers of nature. The city offers scores of engaging Quito tours and activities, including the opportunity to study Spanish on your vacation!  Quito reputedly has the largest number of Spanish schools and sign-ups in Ecuador.

Deeply rooted in the past and yet eagerly embracing the future, Quito's paradoxical charm makes it a journey worth remembering. We are locally based and can help you find the perfect Quito hotel and Quito tour. Let us help you make the most of your Quito holiday!

Ready for an Amazon Adventure while in Ecuador?  Book your Quito hotel through WHL and receive a 10% discount on the cost of Yachana Lodge's all-inclusive packages!  This award-winning ecolodge was voted the best example of Geotourism in the world in the 2008 National Geographic Ashoka Changemakers Geotourism Challenge.  Yachana also has the distinction of being the only lodge in Ecuador managed by students of Ecotourism and Sustainable Development as it is now fully integrated with the Yachana Technical High School.

Ecotourism is of vital importance to the conservation of the tropical Amazon Rainforest. In order to achieve this goal, the Yachana Foundation opened Yachana Lodge and Protected Reserve of more than 1,800 hectares close to the small community of Mondaña in the province of Napo in Ecuador.

The tropical rainforest is hot and humid with an average temperature of 27°C and an average rainfall of 3,000 mm per year with a relative humidity of 92%.

Yachana Lodge is an internationally recognized Amazonian ecolodge that aims to teach visitors and local inhabitants about the rich diversity of the Amazon and the importance of its conservation.

For more information about Yachana, please click here to visit the Lodge and Foundation websites.

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For more than 17 years, the National Folkloric Ballet Jacchigua (pronounced "HA-chee-hua") has thrilled audiences with mesmerizing performances of typical dance from every region of Ecuador.  Experience the sounds and colors of this beautiful country as 90 dancers share national elements that bring out the dignity and identity of the country.

Performances every Wednesday evening at 7:30 p.m. in the Casa de la Cultura.

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The Cotopaxi National Park tour is a full day adventure that takes you through the breathtaking Avenue of the Volcanoes high up in the Andes Mountains. The day will wind up with a visit to a beautiful lagoon located at the foot of the Cotopaxi Volcano.

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The Nono-Mindo downhill biking tour begins in the north of Quito at an altitude of 3,500 meters and descends along the EcoRuta (EcoRoute) to 1,800 meters.  This adventurous tour consists of 70.8 km of biking where we will travel down from the highlands of the Volcano Guagua Pichincha to the cloud forest of Mindo.  The area offers some of the most spectacular bird watching in the country and you will have time for occasional stops along the way if this is of interest to you.

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The Bellavista -Tandayapa cloud forest region is one of the most diverse habitats in Northwest Ecuador.  Its abundant bird species, particularly hummingbirds and trogons, make it a haven for the discriminating ornithologist.

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Hola from Quito!

Quito hotels team

Hola from Yachana...your local connection in Ecuador's illustrious capital of Quito. We are a passionate bunch of travel enthusiasts who have turned Quito upside down to find all the best accommodations and tours to offer our clients. We pride ourselves on the quality services we provide our guests and are more than willing to personalise an itinerary to mould to your idea of the perfect holiday. We can answer all your questions as you develop your trip and we will be in town when you arrive; you are welcome to drop by the office! We look forward to seeing you soon in Latin America!


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