In this small and sleepy village known for its weaving, traditional and modern methods of weaving coexist – look out for clotheslines draped with handmade, dyed wool drying in the breeze and listen for the whirring sound of electric looms. Cooperativa Imbaburapac buses go through Peguche en route to Agato from Otavalo.
Cotacachi is best known for its leather and its main street, Calle 10 de Agusto, which is lined with shops stocked with good-value leather jackets, luggage, wallets, gloves and shoes. But its appeal, known to an increasing number of North American retirees who have snatched up real estate, is its easygoing tranquility, even sleepiness. The feeling is infectious.