We are working on mapping out our itinerary for a trip to Quito Dec. 27-Jan.4th. My husband and I are traveling with our 2 teenage daughters. His parents are joining us but will only go on some of our outings. We already have a driver lined up. We're trying to plan around what might be closed on NYE and New Year's Day (which is a Monday when some things would be closed anyway). I've got a general outline, but can't decide what to do when and I can't figure out what I can do along the way from one place to another.
We are staying in the historic center for the first 5 nights and then with relatives in Guayllabamba for our last two nights. We are trying to fill in our question marks with sights we want to see, but I can't decide which day is best and what to add along each route. Anyone want to make suggestions? Here are things we know want to do:
Mitad del Mundo
What other things might we enjoy? We like to hike and see cool natural sites. We like to eat local foods and shop in local markets. Sometimes in large cities, we just enjoy walking aimlessly around taking in our surroundings; I know Quito may not be the place for that outside of certain areas, but I'd love advice about that as well.
Dec. 27: arrive late evening
Dec. 28: HOHO bus
Dec. 29: Teleferico and ??
Dec. 30: Otavalo & Parque de Condor (I'd love to hear pros and cons of a Saturday visit to the market)
Dec. 31: ??
Jan. 1: ??
Jan. 4: ?? Fly out late evening, so we have time a full day of activities
Thank you so much for any thoughts or suggestions any of you may have!