Top things to do

Top Choice International in Cotacachi

Sumac

The Ecuadorian chef, trained in French cuisine in Quito, presents artfully plated meat and fish dishes, as well as delicious desserts, using locally sourced ingredients.
Market in Cotacachi

Mercado Jatuk Cem 'Cotachi'

The stalls at this outdoor covered food court serve everything from marisquerías to parrillas (seafood to BBQ steak). The food is as good as the tourist-oriented white-tablecloth places in town and costs a third of …
Museum in Cotacachi

Museo de las Culturas

Located in the neoclassical, former municipal palace, several small galleries present the ethnohistory of the region, from 8500 BC through colonial and republican periods. It's worth visiting for the indigenous reli…
Arts & Crafts in Peguche

El Gran Condor

On the central plaza of Peguche, El Gran Condor is the place for textile fanatics who didn’t find what they wanted in Otavalo. The shop sells high-quality textiles made locally, including sweaters, scarves and wall …
Cafe in Cotacachi

Cafe Rio Intag

Organically grown Intag Valley coffee, cakes and small sandwiches are served at this cool university-like hangout spot with comfy couches and a nifty downstairs nook. Check the noticeboard outside for cultural activ…
in Cotacachi

El Leñador

An Argentine-style grill with fresh linen tablecloths and tasteful decor. Carnivores should order any beef dish (the delicious consequences of a leather-making society), which will arrive juicy and perfectly cooked …
in Cotacachi

La Marqueza

A cavernous joint with a big-screen TV that caters to tourist groups. Serves typical Ecuadorian dishes in portions big enough to feed a busload.
Museum in Around Otavalo

El Museo Fábrica Textil Imbabura

Four creatively designed galleries explain every aspect of the history of textile production in the highlands.
Lake in Reserva Ecológica Cotacachi-Cayapas

Laguna de Cuicocha

Head 18km west from Cotacachi and you’ll come upon this eerily still, dark lagoon cradled in a collapsed volcanic crater at 3100m. Some 3km wide and 200m deep, the lagoon features two mounded islands that shot up in…
Waterfall in Peguche

Cascadas de Peguche

Most visitors, however, head out this way to see Cascadas de Peguche, a series of falls sacred to locals – visitors should stay away during Inti Raymi, June’s festival of the sun, when men conduct ritual cleansing b…