Welcome to Cayambe

While Cayambe itself doesn't have much to offer travelers (kids might want to check out the truly elaborate playground equipment in a park lining the highway), it does serve as a base to less-visited spots in the region. And you can drive fairly high up the flank of the volcano for magnificent views.

Cayambe is the home of the country's beloved bizcochos (biscuits), so pick up a bag for your road trip at one of the locations listed here.

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$45 Shopping & Fashion

Otavalo Marketplace with Optional Lunch

Depart from Quito through the Pan-American North Highway until arriving to Cayambe, where the passengers will have the opportunity to taste the delicious “Bizcochos de Cayambe”, a type of cracker or bread baked in a clay oven (greatly paired with local cheese or caramel sauce).   Afterwards, we will make a brief stop at “Miralago”, to admire a wonderful view of Lago San Pablo, amazing views. The tour then continues to Otavalo where Otavaleños (natives) set up a market in which a bartering manner of shopping is taken place. The market hosts a variety of different handcrafted items. Passengers may choose between staying longer in Otavalo or go to visit to the leather shops at Cotacachi. On the way to Cotacachi, we will visit a traditional workshop of Andean instruments "Ñanda Mañachi" located in Peguche. In Cotacachi you have enough time to visit the village, the shops of leather goods and free time for lunch.  Return to Quito picking up passengers in Otavalo.

$61 Cultural & Theme Tours

Quito to Otavalo Market and Laguna Cuicocha Full-Day Tour

The tour begins with a scenic drive north of Quito through the Sierra highlands. The first stop will be at Mitad del Mundo before continuing on to Cayambe, where you can taste and learn about the town´s famous local biscuits, "bizcochos". From that point you'll continue to the wonderful Peguche waterfalls, which is a historical place because it was used as special baths before the Inty Raimy (Sun Festival) parties. Explore the famous market of Otavalo, where you´ll have the option to purchase local handicrafts. The main market day in Otavalo is Saturday, however, this tour can operate on Tuesdays. Your 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. Afterward, you’ll have lunch, then go to the beautiful Laguna Cuicocha, which is located in a volcano crater and contains two green islands. An optional sail is available for US$2. Just before going back to Quito, pass through the viewpoint of Lago San Pablo to finish a perfect day. There will be an optional visit to a wood shop where musical instruments are made, depending on your wishes and the time spent in the market.

$100 Day Trips & Excursions

Quito to Otavalo and its Surroundings Private Full-Day Trip

You will be picked up from your hotel in Quito before heading towards Imbabura known as "The Province of the Lakes". The highway offers a lovely view passing through Calderón and Guayllabamba valleys. There will be a short stop here to get to know more about the local culture. Passing through Cayambe you can see the amazing snow-capped volcano (5,790m.), the world's highest point crossed by the Equator Line. This small town is also famous for its salt biscuits with "leaf cheese" and "manjar". You can make a stop here to try this delicacy, before continuing to the Imbabura province, named after the Imbabura Volcano. Here you we  head to the largest lake in Ecuador, the San Pablo. Afterwards you will enter Otavalo City that holds an Indian Market every day, the biggest are on Wednesdays and Saturdays. This market is an ancient tradition and cultural exchange site among the Otavalo community. Furthermore, you will visit the peaceful Cotacachi Village, famous for its leather, and meet the local craftsmen. Finally, after a visit to the charming Cuicocha Crater Lake you will head back to Quito in the late afternoon.

$62.50 Cultural & Theme Tours

Otavalo Cayambe Equator Cuicocha Full-Day Cultural Trip

Leave from central meeting point in La Mariscal, Quito, at 6:50am. Drive to Otavalo on this small-group tour with an English-speaking guide. Reach Quitsato Mitad del Mundo Monument (own expense), the middle of the world at the equator line. Visit a bizcohos factory (own expense) in Cayambe. Take in stunning views of Cayambe, Guayllabamba, Quito, Cotopaxi and Tabacundo at an observation point. Explore the Otavalo market. Go to Cuicocha, a wide caldera and crater lake at the foot of Cotacachi Volcano. Enjoy a delicious lunch at 3:30pm. Head to Cotacachi, the leather capital of Ecuador following lunch.Return to Quito by 7:00pm

$179 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Andes 2-Day Tour from Quito with Avenue of the Volcanoes Train

Day 1: Quito -- RiobambaAfter pickup from your hotel in Quito, listen to commentary from your guide of the 185-mile (300-km) Avenue of the Volcanoes. Admire scenic landscapes and gaze with awe at Ecuador’s highest mountain peaks. You’ll be amazed by the breathtaking views of Cayambe, Sangay, El Altar and more, each of them towering over 16,00 feet (5,000 meters).Stop for a brief visit in Cotopaxi National Park, one of Ecuador’s most visited ecological reserves, with plenty of great photo opportunities. Reaching a height of 19,350 feet (5,900 meters), Cotopaxi volcano is one of the highest volcanoes on earth. Relax here as you enjoy lunch (not included) and rest assured – although active, Cotapaxi hasn’t erupted since 1904.After you arrive in Riobamba, enjoy dinner (not included) and spend your evening at leisure. Overnight: a typical hacienda of the region (category - first)Day 2: Riobamba -- Quito (B) After breakfast is served at your accommodation, depart for the train station in Alausí. From here, board the train (subject to change) for a 2-hour ride, zigzagging around sweeping slopes as you gaze out the open windows, and snap photos of the panoramic views along the way. Head toward Devil’s Nose, a rock wall jutting skyward, as you listen to commentary from an expert guide. Then return to Alausí for a box lunch (not included) before transport back to your Quito hotel in the afternoon.

$129 Day Trips & Excursions

Termas de Papallacta Spa Thermal Bath Day Trip from Quito

This day trip begins with hotel pickup at your hotel in Quito. Meet your guide and drive in a vehicle towards the Termas de Papallacta Spa. On the way there, pass through the valley of Tumbaco and admire the scenery. Reach Papallacta Hot Springs, just in the southeast side of the Cayambe-Coca Ecological Reserve and enjoy its wonderful thermal water pools and healthy massages!First you and your guide will enjoy a 1.5-hour walk to a cloud forest reserve where you can admire the beauty of nature rich in flora and fauna or you can visit a reserve which is a paradise for hummingbird lovers and photographers. Seeing 14 species of hummingbirds within an hour is not uncommon, and the Sword-billed hummingbird with it's unique, long bill is sure to amaze you. ( choose one of them options) After hiking or hummingbirds watching, you will go back to the thermal waters Spa  and enjoy a delicious bath taking advantage of the medicinal benefits that these springs offer. Relax and unwind taking in the wonderful surroundings.You will then drive back to Quito.