We are a group of 4, that are travelling to Ecuador.
Not going to Galapagos on this trip.
We are thinking (and asking your opinion) of this schedule
Arrive Quito, spend 4 nights.
Of the time that we are in Quito, we would take one day to do the Avenida de Volcanoes train trip.
Other days we would sight see etc, maybe go to La Mitad del Mundo
Then we would take bus to Mindo and stay 2 nights
Next day we'd like to go Papallacta for one night (by bus?)
Next day we'd go to Otavalo, spend the night, and spend the next day (Saturday) at the market.
We would leave for the airport after the market is over and fly out of Quito.
I am concerned about the bus rides, will they take longer than I think?
Will we have to back track to Quito for each leg?
Also, I know you can go to the airport from Otavallo, but how much time should we allow? We want to do the market during the day and our flight leaves at about midnight. But how much time do we need to allow for the trip back to Quito, to be there by say 10pm?