My wife and I will be spending 3 days in Quito and would like information on possible day trips. We will be taking a trip to the Otavalo Market. We are considerin the train ride on the Chivas Express. Has anyone any information on this ride - how long does it take - are there any attractions after the trip - how do we return to Quito. Can we book this day trip from Quito, is a guide needed forthis trip?
Also has anyone stayed at the Grand Hotel Mercure in Quito? Are there any suggestions on other Hotels in Quito?