We're going to be spending a few days in Quito in mid-February. I had booked 5 nights, since I figured that would give us 4 days in Quito, which seemed like a decent amount of time in the city, and would also give us time to acclimatize to the high altitude when we arrive. From there, I thought we would go to Mindo for a couple of nights. We're planning to go to Otavalo on a day trip from Quito, and now I'm wondering if there are other day trips that we might make instead of going to Mindo. For example, I'm thinking about Papallacta or maybe Cotopaxi. Do these sound reasonable? Would it be possible to do a trip to Papallacta for the day, without taking a tour?
Any advise is welcome. Thanks,