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Representing its affection for its arts and people, statues of Cotacachenean musician Enrique Montenegro, English actor Charlie Chaplin, and Ecuadorian indigenous-rights pioneer Dolores Cacuango can be found around town.


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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.

$60 Day Trips & Excursions

Otavalo Market, Cuicocha Lagoon, Peguche Waterfall from Quito

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Otavalo MarketVisit the main attractions of the province of Imbabura within approximately 10 hours. Crossing the Valley of Guayllabamba, we will arrive at the Quitsato Solar Clock, site thru which the Equatorial Line passes. Then, we will make a stop at the lookout of Lake San Pablo, and continue the journey to Otavalo where we will visit the largest indigenous market in South America, an ideal place for shopping. Afterwards, we will head up to Peguche Waterfall, a beautiful ritual and spiritual site where the inhabitants, on the eve of Inti Raymi take a sacred bath under the waterfall. The adventure continues towards the Cuicocha Lagoon in the Cotacachi – Cayapas Reserve (Unavailable on holidays). Return to Quito.Duration: 6 hours

$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

$108 Cultural & Theme Tours

Otavalo Indigenous Market Private Day Trip from Quito

This tour starts with early morning pickup from your hotel or accommodation in Quito, from there, you will take  a private vehicle to Otavalo and its marketplace and learn all about the culture and community. Driving there, you can admire the gorgeous scenery and the Andes mountain range. On the way, you will stop at San Pablo lake and head to the viewpoint to take some pictures and where you will try some delicious biscochos (local traditional buttery cookies). Once you reach Otavalo, you and your private guide will walk through the market to see the different stands and local people. Otavalo is one of most visited indigenous market filled with rich in traditions and customs. As you walk, you will admire the multicolored handcrafts and souvenirs and purchase some if you'd like. You will also learn about indigenous weaving workshops as you visit one in Peguche Village. You will enjoy lunch (included if option selected) and then visit Cotacachi, famous for its leather goods or Cuicocha Lagoon, trained in an ancient crater at the foot of the Cotacachi volcano, before heading back to Quito. Places to visit in this trip - San Pablo´s Lake - Peguche workshop or waterfall - Otavalo Market - Cuicocha Lake Note: you will make only 4 activities in this full day tour, confirmation is made with customers the day of the trip according to their requires or needs

$44.22 Day Trips & Excursions

Private Otavalo and Cotacachi Day Trip from Quito

You will be picked up from your Quito hotel at 8am and depart for Otavalo by way of the Pan-Americana Highway. There will be a brief stop in Guayllabamba where you can taste the chirimoya (custard apple) fruit that is typical of the area. You will also visit the viewpoint of the road to Cayambe to admire and photograph the beautiful mountains and valleys of the area. You will pass Guachalá, the oldest estate in Ecuador before stopping at Mira Lago, a San Pablo viewpoint. After photographing the beautiful San Pablo Lake, you will continue to Otavalo where the indigenous Otavalo people develop their textiles . Visit the Otavalo market, known for its bustling Saturday market and offerings of various wares. While Saturday is the most famous market, there is plenty else available throughout the week in the plaza as well as the local shops. There will be a stop for lunch before continuing to Cotacachi, an artisan city renown for its leather shops. After you have experienced the diverse textiles and leather products of the region, it will be time to return to Quito where you will be dropped off at your hotel.

$1087.50 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Ecuador Highlights in 10 Day

Day 1.- ARRIVAL IN QUITOtransfer IN not included. Acclimatation day, welcome briefing Day 2: OTAVALO MARKET (B)  Our day starts with a unique scenic drive back up to the highlands to the world-famous indigenous town of Otavalo there will be enough time for shopping and interaction with the locals. In the afternoon, we will drive to Cotacachi town to enjoy the most amazing leather goods and the beauty of this small village.  Later we will finally arrive at this historical beautiful hacienda of Pinsaqui. Day 3:  PAPALLACTA HOT SPRINGS (B) After appreciating the amazing views that this landscape offers, we will arrive at Papallacta Hot Springs Resort, where bliss awaits as you soak in the volcanic water pools surrounded by mountains and colorful flowers and birds. Day 4: Amazon Itamandi Eco - Lodge (L,D) HUMMINGBIRDS IN THE CLOUD FOREST Early in the morning, we will drive down a curvy panoramic road towards the Amazon Rainforest; as we descend from an altitude of 3000 meters to 500 meters, you will observe how the landscape and vegetation change drastically. Our first stop will be the Guango reserve, where we will have the unique opportunity to see different species of hummingbirds in their natural habitat. until we finally get to the Arajuno River, where a motorized canoe will take us for 20 minutes up the river to the Itamandi Eco-Lodge. Day 5:  AMAZON CANOE RIDE AND WILDLIFE (B,L,D) In the morning, we will take a motorized canoe down the largest river in Ecuador, Napo River. Later, we will enjoy a cultural activity.  Day 6:  ROAD OF WATERFALLS TO BAÑOS (B) Drive farther south to Puyo, where we will have a quick look at the balsa carving shop. Continuing our journey, we will stop at Rio Verde, located in the Sangay National Park. Here, we will hike down to the second highest waterfall in Ecuador, the Pailon Del Diablo. Day 7: Chimborazo Volcano  HIGHEST VOLCANO IN ECUADOR AND VICUÑAS (B,L)Drive to the Chimborazo Volcano, the highest mountain in Ecuador with an elevation of 6310 meters above sea level, The visit includes a short hike for 0,9 km (0,57 miles) to reach the elevation of 5000 meters where the glacier begins.  Day 8: DEVIL'S NOSE TRAIN AND INCA RUINS ()BDrive to the small town of Alausí to the Devil's Nose train. After the train ride, we will continue our visit towards Ingapirca, the most impressive Inca ruins of Ecuador.  Day 9: Cuenca City - Cuenca (B)In the morning, we will enjoy a fantastic city tour, In the early evening we will take a 45-min domestic flight back to Quito. DAY 10: QUITO DEPARTURE (B)Transfer Out not included