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

Departure from our designated hotels in 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).  After admiring Lake San Pablo, we will arrive at the Otavalo Market, the largest in America, where the indigenous people of the area, known as "Otavalos", one of Ecuador's most recognized ethnic groups, make and sell their textiles and handicrafts.Passengers may choose between to stay in this area and enjoy more time from the market and our bus will pick them up at the end of the tour (they will not have the visit to Cotacachi and Cuicocha), or continue with the journey to the town of Cotacachi, recognized for leather clothing and crafts. On the way to Cotacachi, we will visit an andean instrument workshop "Ñanda Mañachi" located in the area of Peguche, to spend some special moments with the local people and understand the Andean culture.In Cotacachi you have enough time to visit the village, the shops of leather goods and free time for lunch, (not included).Later we will visit the Ecological Reserve where the Cuicocha lagoon is located, inside the crater of the Cotacachi Volcano, which originated after a volcanic explosion thousands of years ago. And if the weather permits it will be possible to make a walk by the lagoon, that is to say sailing in the crater of the volcano in small boats (with additional cost).** Bus will wait for 10 minutes in Otavalo to pick up passangers that stayed there, and after that will return to Quito and their respective hotels or starting point.

$61 Cultural & Theme Tours

Quito to Otavalo Market and Laguna Cuicocha Full-Day Tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Quitsato Mitad del Mundo Monument, Cayambe, Pichincha ProvinceNOTE: IS NOT THE MAIN MONUMETVisit a small equator monument, entrance fee $2p.pThe Quitsato Sundial is a cultural-tourist place located at La Mitad Del Mundo, near to Cayambe, 47 km north of Quito. It was built in 2006 and inaugurated in 2007 as an independent, non-profit project in a 24,756 ft² (2300 m²) area. Its main goal is to share crucial aspects of the astronomical knowledge of the prehispanic cultures of the region. The expositions are carried out by community members as a self-sustaining project. According to Google Maps, the central pillar is 4 meters south of the true equator.After this we will visit at the Cayambe bizcochos town (local biscuits) factory.Products not includedDuration: 1 hourStop At: Miralago, San Pablo Del Lago, Imbabura ProvinceViewing point “Mira Lago” where it is possible to see Cayambe, Imbabura, San Pablo Lake, Tabacundo and flower farms.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Otavalo Market, Otavalo, Imbabura ProvinceYou will have time to explore the market and do some shoopingDuration: 1 hourStop At: Cotacachi-Cayapas Ecological Reserve, Esmeraldas ProvinceVisit Cotacachi leather town/ LunchDuration: 1 hourStop At: Cuicocha Lake, Laguna Cuicocha, Imbabura ProvinceHere you will have time for a small walk after we return to QuitoDuration: 30 minutesPass By: Quito Old Town, Quito, Pichincha ProvinceReturn to Quito and drop you in your original meeting point.

$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

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Quitsato, Cayambe, Pichincha ProvinceQuitsato Solar Museum (entrance $ 2). Visit to the Cayambe bizcochos (local biscuits) factory (Own expenses).Duration: 1 hour 30 minutesStop At: Otavalo Market, Otavalo, Imbabura ProvinceBeautiful view point of Otavalo city and visit to a small hats factory. Exploring Otavalo MarketDuration: 3 hoursStop At: Laguna Cuicocha, Cotacachi, Imbabura ProvinceCuicocha crater lake. Then, lunch and visit Cotacachi leather town.Duration: 3 hours

$179 Multi-day & Extended Tours

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

ItineraryDay 1: Quito - RiobambaStop At: Cotopaxi National Park, Cotopaxi ProvinceLocated in the largest volcanic area of Ecuador. In the central part is the Cotopaxi, one of the most active and highest volcanoes in the world. To the northwest is the Rumiñahui and between the two mountains is the Limpiopungo valley. Despite the great height, the Park has numerous species of mammals and birds.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Hostería La AndaluzaA hundred-year-old house that has been declared Cultural Heritage of Ecuador is an exclusive site that houses centuries of history; recalling the roots of Ecuadorian culture, colonial experiences with the Spanish people, longings for freedom and setting of republican goals. The Andean landscapes, the beauty of its architecture combined with the excellence in service make Hostería La Andaluza the ideal place for rest, relaxation.Duration: 12 hoursNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Hostería La AndaluzaDay 2: Alausi - Devil’s NoseStop At: La Nariz del DiabloAn engineering work, unique in the world, for its peculiar form of zig-zag, cataloged as the route of the most difficult train to build in the world.Duration: 2 hoursNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.

$126 Day Trips & Excursions

Termas de Papallacta Spa Thermal Bath Day Trip from Quito

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Termas de Papallacta, Papallacta, Napo ProvinceEnjoy of the Hot Springs located in a magical High Andes landscape. More than a destination, it is an holistic experience that will awake all your senses.Duration: 4 hours