1 day
Duration
 The Otavalo cultural tour is a wonderful way to discover and combine the famous artesian indigenous market in Ecuador and some of the amazing views outside Otavalo.The tour begins with a scenic drive north of Quito through the Sierra highlands. Our first stop will be at Mitad del Mundo, and then we’ll continue to Cayambe, where we can taste and learn about the town´s famous bizcochos (local biscuits). From that point we´ll continue to the wonderful Peguche waterfalls, which is a place of historical importance since it was used as special baths before the Inty Raimy (sun festival) parties. We´ll explore the famous market of Otavalo, where you´ll have the option to purchase local handicrafts. The main market day in Otavalo is Saturday. Our professional guide will provide an explanation on the indigenous people of this area, such as the Quitu, Cara and other pre-Inca groups, and some information on the city.
Afterwards, we’ll have lunch and we´ll go to the beautiful Laguna Cuicocha, which is located in a volcano crater and contains 2 green islands. Just before going back to Quito, we’ll pass through the viewpoint of Lago San Pablo, to finish a perfect day. The visit of a work shop of musical instruments of wood is optional, depending on your wish and the time we spend on the market.

 

Included

Professional and bilingual guide Transportation Hotel – Otavalo – Hotel

 

Not included

Lunch Any purchases on the market
Tip for the guide  Bizcochos

 ITINERARY 

*Note: This itinerary is an example, for any other wishes or requirements, please contact us. The times are approximate

1

07:00

Leave from the hotel (pick up with private transportation 

2

08:30

View point where it is possible to see Cayambe, Guayllamama, Quito, Cotopaxi, Tabcundo and flower farms

3

09:00

Quitsato Mitad del Mundo (entrance: $2)

4

11:00

Explore the Otavalo market

5

14:00

Cuicocha Crater Lake 

6

15:30

Cotacachi Leather City 

5

16:30

Return to Quito 

*Note: It is important that you will have current travel insurance including personal medical insurance. Please inform us of any known medical conditions you have

1 person $215 – per person

2 people $115 – per person

3 people $85 – per person

Full Day Transportation $200 – for a group of 4 persons – 6 persons maximum (spanish speaking driver)

* Note: We put a lot of effort in organizing the tour; therefore cancellations require 48hrs notice by which we would give you a 50% refund. Cancellations will not be refunded with a shorter time notice.

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Cayambe (Pichincha) 01 jun (Andes).- Cayambe es uno de los ocho cantones de la Prov. de Pichincha cuyo principal atractivo es la elaboraci—n de los tradicionales bizcochos en horno de le–a un bocadillo exquisito que se lo puede acompa–ar con chocolate caliente y un delicioso queso de hoja. Foto: Micaela Ayala V./Agencia Andes.
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