Welcome to Cayambe

The snow-dusted peak of Cayambe looms over the rolling farmland surrounding the town of the same name, 64km north of Quito along the Panamericana. Enormous white tents packed with rows of blooms blanket the nearby hillsides – the region is considered Ecuador’s flower capital. Most people, however, breeze through town on their way to Otavalo. While Cayambe itself doesn't have much to offer travelers (kids might want... Read More

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$65 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 and then reach Iluman,  land of shamans and healers. 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.

$66 Cultural & Theme Tours

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.

$60 Day Trips & Excursions

Otavalo Tour with Quito Tour Bus

Visit the main attractions of Imbabura with during this full day tour that will last approximately 10-hours.Crossing the Valley of Guayllabamba we'll reach the Solar Clock Quitsato, by passing the Equator Line. After visit the San Pablo Lake viewpoint, after arrive at Otavalo market – the largest indigenous market in South America – great place for shopping. Then we will go to the Peguche Waterfall – beautiful ritual and spiritual place where the inhabitants on the eve of Inti Raymi go to the waterfall for a sacred bath. The adventure continues towards Cuicocha in Cotacachi-Cayapas Reserve (Cuicocha is not visit on holidays).The tour concludes when we return to Quito.

$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

$100 Day Trips & Excursions

Full-Day Trip to Otavalo and Its Surroundings

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.

$453 Multi-day & Extended Tours

2-Day Andes Tour from Quito

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.