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Question : What are the best travel destinations near your City during the holidays?

Answer from Cristian Umaquinga, expert in Culture

If you stay in Quito the closest destination to enjoy in just one single day are the Middle of the World, Otavalo Market, Cotopaxi National Park, Papallacta thermal pools and Mindo Cloud Forrest

Quito; It is Ecuador's capital is a mix of colonial history and modern enterprise, a city at the middle of the world, and a delight to visitors. Enclosed by mountains, Quito, named a World Heritage site, is a staging point for exploring the nearby countryside.

The Middle of the World complex is located just 30 km from Quito and constitutes a highly popular tourist attractions in Ecuador. Visit the successful measurement of the Equator, latitude 0° and discover the multi ethnic and multicultural treasures of this tiny and spectacularly beautiful country.

Otavalo Market is one of the most famous indigenous fair in the country; although the market has greater activity on Saturdays (also animal trade-market), it is open every day with an impressive variety of handcrafts, tapestries and weaving made by indigenous people of the surrounding villages.

Local men and women with their long black hair tied back beneath felt hats, come to Otavalo on Saturdays to buy chickens, pigs, and vegetables. Meanwhile, tourists test their Spanish and bargaining skills at stalls vending colorful and inexpensive knitted sweaters, hats and gloves.

Cotopaxi, Ecuador has a countless number of landscapes and one of the highlight is the Andes where are located countless volcanoes and one of this is Cotopaxi which is a mythical volcano with 5897 meters and the second highest in Ecuador. Surrounded by Inca ruins, lakes and wild horses grazing its highland grasses, it's a highlight of any trip to Ecuador. It is located only two hours south of Quito.

Papallacta village is located some 67 km from Quito in an easterly direction on the road Quito-Baeza. This small town is home of one of the most beautifull Spa&Resort, Termas de Papallacta which features several hot thermal spring pools of different sizes and temperatures.

Mindo is a town located at northwest of Quito, 2 hours driving. The cloud forest has an incredible diversity of avian fauna, particularly hummingbirds, as well as butterflies. This area of primary forest with an immense biodiversity also has some of the highest rates of plant endemism in the world: orchids, bromeliads, heliconias, ferns, vines, mosses and lichens grow in abundance here.

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