Otavalo & Cotopaxi Independent Adventure

Classic in Ecuador

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A perfect add-on to any Ecuador or Galápagos adventure, set off along the "Avenue of the Volcanoes" to the highlands. Visit the bustling lanes of the Otavalo market, gaze at the perfectly shaped Cotopaxi volcano, and get an introduction to the culture, history and spectacular scenery of Ecuador. Our expert CEO will lead the way and we’ll take care of the hassles, which means you can focus on the highlights – and the shopping, of course.

What’s included

  • Overnight in an historic hacienda
  • Otavalo handicraft market
  • Visit Quitsato Sundial located at the equator line
  • Visit a traditional leather town
  • Visit Cotopaxi National Park
  • Scenic drive along the Avenue of the Volcanos
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities


  • Step back in time at a historic hacienda
  • Straddle both hemispheres on the equator line
  • Learn about traditional handicrafts and folk art from local artisans and craftspeople


Day 1 Quito/Otavalo Spend 1 night in the Otavalo area and visit its world famous handicrafts market, the largest in South America. Villagers from the surrounding countryside come here every week to sell handmade goods as well as livestock, fruits, and vegetables. One of the most obvious signs of the Otavaleños' cultural integrity is their traditional dress. This is not just put on especially for the tourists at the Saturday market, but is worn throughout their daily life. Otavalo is justly famous both for its friendly people and its Saturday animal market. The market dates back to pre-Inca times when jungle products were transported from the eastern lowlands and traded for highland goods. Today's market has two different functions: the local market for buying and selling animals, food, and other essentials, and the crafts market for the tourists and other interested people. Additional Notes: This trip leaves early on the morning of Day 1 from Quito - a pre-night in Quito is not included. Should you require the pre-night, please ask our sales CEOs who will be happy to arrange this for you. If there is any confusion on arrival, please do not hesitate to call the contact number listed in these trip details. Included Activities: Welcome Package Hotel Mitad del Mundo Visit Otavalo Handicrafts Market Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))
Day 2 Otavalo/Cotopaxi National Park (1B) Spend the morning driving along the Avenue of the Volcanoes searching out the peaks of Pichincha, Iliniza, and the gigantic Antisana. Venture into Cotopaxi National Park travelling around the base of the cone-shaped, snowcapped volcano, considered the highest active volcano in the world. Spend the evening near Ecuador's beautiful Cotopaxi Volcano. Included Activities: Cotopaxi National Park Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (7.00-8.00 hours)
Day 3 Cotopaxi National Park/Quito (1B) Morning drive back to Quito where the tour ends. Additional Notes: **Please note that this tour is a combination of 2 tours - if any other G passengers have booked the Avenue of the Volcanoes portion of this tour, they will continue onto Banos, while you will transfer back to Quito. This trip ends in Quito at the airport (or in a city hotel) - a post-night in Quito is not included. Should you require a hotel, please ask our sales CEOs who will be happy to arrange this for you. Included Activities: Departure Day (Activities) Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00-3.50 hours)