Today you have two options, depending on the day of the week and your personal choice. On Thursday to Sunday you can opt to travel on the Tren de la Libertad from the mountain town of Ibarra, crossing bridges and traversing tunnels to Salinas, a centre of Afro-Ecuadorian culture. The train is drawn by a locomotive which travels slowly through the countryside of rugged mountain landscapes and sugar cane plantations. Salinas accommodates descendants of slaves from Africa who have evolved their very own culture from this mixed heritage. There will be a demonstration of music and dance typical of the area. Visit the leather village of Cotacachi and have lunch before returning to Quito by road.
The second option also takes you to Ibarra, before you go to the village of Cotacachi, famous for its leatherwork and then on to Peguche Wasi and a visit to a workshop which displays the craftsmanship of the Kichwa people and the weavings of the Otavalan indians. Continue to Otavalo, once a small artisan village but now a thriving town with a huge square accommodating the famous indigenous market, one of the most colourful in Ecuador. Finally drive on to visit the monument of the 'Middle of the World' situated at the equator.
Transfer to the airport for your evening international flight, or stay on for a post tour extension, for example to the Galápagos Islands.