International Mining and Oil & Gas Law, Development, and Investment

  • Quito, Ecuador
  • Apr. 26-28, 2017

Things to Do In and Around Quito and Ecuador


  • Discover the highest capital in the world, founded in the 16th century on the ruins of an Inca city in the Andes 2,850 meters above sea level (come a day or two early to acclimatize).
  • Stroll through Old Town, the best-preserved historic center in Latin America and the first UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site capital city.
  • Visit the Basílica del Voto Nacional, the largest neo-Gothic basilica in the Americas, with gargoyles in the form of pumas, monkeys, penguins, tortoises, and condors.
  • Ride Quito’s cable car (TelefériQo) and hike to Volcano Pichincha, 4,690 meters high.
  • Take a taxi to the top of El Panecillo for an amazing 360° view of Quito.
  • In the suburb of La Mariscal, dance to salsa, ska, merengue, and bachata.
  • Join a free walking tour Monday – Friday with CarpeDM Adventures.
  • Take a break at Itchimbia Parque, close to Old Town, with 54 hectares for strolling, lying in the grass, and watching football teams training.
  • Visit the museum “Capilla del Hombre,” the work of Oswaldo Guayasamin, one of Ecuador’s most recognized artists.
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  • Travel to the middle of the earth (about 60 minutes from Quito), the equator where the northern and southern hemispheres meet.
  • View quetzals and spectacled bears in the stunningly beautiful cloud forest just north of Quito.
  • Ascend a snow-capped volcano using crampons and an ice ax.
  • Discover diverse wildlife in the Ecuadorian Amazon rainforest with Huaorani guides, some of the last hunter-gatherers on the planet.
  • And, of course, visit the incredible Galapagos Islands!


Interested in a day tour? A cruise of the Galapagos Islands? Here are some links to tour companies that are highly rated on social media:

EQ Touring is a boutique tour operator in Ecuador operating Galapagos Luxury Cruises and Tours, and offering our delegates a 10% discount if booked directly – Contact Isabel Calles at or +593 333-3718 (Quito); +1 347-721-9006.

CarpeDM Adventures, specializing in day tours, Amazon & Galapagos, (offering free walking tours of the city), prides itself on its ability to positively impact the local community, and is offering our delegates a 10% discount if booked directly – Contact Paul Vivas at or +593 (0)2 295-4713.

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