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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

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

$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.

$980 Cultural & Theme Tours

Quito, Cotopaxi and Andes 7-Day Private Tour in Equador

Day 1: Airport Transfer - QuitoYou will be transferred from the airport to Quito and spend the night there. Hotel: Fuente de Piedra Day 2: City Tour and Middle of the World Monument (breakfast)You will explore Quito and visit the Panecillo Hill, Basilica Church, Independence Plaza, the Cathedral, the Government’s Palace and La Ronda Street. You will also visit La Compañía Church, the Sagrario Church and San Francisco Plaza. After lunch, you will head to the Middle of the World Monument (Mitad del Mundo) and visit the Intiñan Museum, the Complex and Pululahua crater.Hotel: Fuente de Piedra Day 3: Otavalo Market  & Surroundings (breakfast, lunch)You will take the north Panamerican highway up to San Pablo Lake. Enjoy of a nice view of the volcano and the lake and then visit an indigenous weaving workshop in Peguche. Head to Otavalo market, meet the indigenous people and see their typical, multicolored handcrafts. Then, go to Cotacachi, best known for its leather goods. After that, head up to Cuicocha Lagoon (Guinea Pig Lagoon) to finally return to Quito.Hotel: Fuente de Piedra Day 4: Quilotoa Lagoon (breakfast, lunch, dinner)Travel through the Avenue of the Volcanoes and stop at the Quilotoa volcano where you will descend to the Quilotoa Lagoon, located inside the crater or you can just walk around. Visit some indigenous local house from the “Paramos" to observe their clothes and customs and get to see a typical indigenous house made of straw. Then, head to the town of Tigua, famous for its naif paintings. (Note: on Thursdays, Saquisilí Indigenous Market; optional.)Overnight in Mama Hilda Lodge In ChugchilanDay 5: Cotopaxi National Park (breakfast, lunch, dinner)Head to Cotopaxi National Park and visit the Interpretation Center and Limpiopungo Lagoon. Then, you will drive up 4,500 meters and walk up to Padre Rivas Refuge (4,830 meters in altitude). You will enjoy a complimentary coca tea and you may try to get to the glacier (5,050 meters high). You will enjoy lunch and stay in Cotopaxi National Park Hotel: Hacienda Los MortiñosDay 6: Papallacta Hot Springs (breakfast)After breakfast, you will drive through the valley of Tumbaco and reach Papallacta Hot Springs. You will walk about 1 hour to a private reserve (Cayambe-Coca Reserve) where you can admire the beauty of nature. Then, you will go back to the Hot Springs and enjoy the medicinal benefits that the spring offers. In the afternoon we will enjoy of the " Hummingbird Garden" in Guango LodgeAirport Suites Hostal, inTababelaDay 7: Transfer to airport  (breakfast)Breakfast and transfer out to the airport.