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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.

$60 Cultural & Theme Tours

Otavalo Market, Cuicocha Lagoon, Peguche Waterfall from Quito

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Quitsato, Cayambe, Pichincha ProvinceVisit 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. Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Miralago, San Pablo Del Lago, Imbabura ProvinceThen, we will make a stop at the lookout of Lake San Pablo.Duration: 15 minutesStop At: Otavalo Market, Otavalo, Imbabura ProvinceContinue the journey to Otavalo where we will visit the largest indigenous market in South America, an ideal place for shopping. Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Cascada de Peguche, Peguche, Otavalo, Imbabura ProvinceAfterwards, 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. Duration: 45 minutesStop At: Laguna Cuicocha, Cotacachi, Imbabura ProvinceThe adventure continues towards the Cuicocha Lagoon in the Cotacachi – Cayapas Reserve (Unavailable on holidays). Return to Quito.Duration: 45 minutes

$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.

$156 Cultural & Theme Tours

Quito to Otavalo Day Trip with Craft Market and Parque Condor

Meet your guide at a central meeting point in Quito, and begin the 2-hour drive through the highlands of Imbabura province in northern Ecuador. Learn about its capital, Otavalo, and the resident Otavaleños, a prosperous indigenous group. You’ll make stops at a number of sites just outside of Otavalo before concluding your experience at the town's sprawling handicraft market.Stretch your legs at San Pablo Lake (Lago San Pablo), which sits at the base of the dormant Imbabura Volcano at an elevation of 8,000 feet (2,438 meters). While you take in your surroundings of the Andes mountains and lush green valleys, hear about the wildlife and developing tourism in this area.Next, visit Parque Condor, a Dutch-owned sanctuary that rehabilitates birds of prey like Andean condors, eagles, owls, falcons and hawks. Follow your guide along a nature trail, and catch sight of some of these birds before heading to the amphitheater for a flight demonstration. Watch rangers work with hawks and falcons as the birds soar, plummet and find prey.Make your next stop in Otavalo at its indigenous craft market, centered around Plaza de Ponchos and extending for several blocks in each direction. See locals dressed in traditional clothing, and listen to Andean pipe music in the background as you browse the displays of handmade jewelry, rugs, bags, ornaments and textiles.Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant specializing in a modern take on traditional Andean fare, and then enjoy an introduction to the art of ancient weaving, traditional clothing and herbal medicines. You'll be guided by a native host who will share with you the legacy and importance of these traditions. After a day filled with rich and natural wonders, board your transport and relax on the drive back to Quito.

$65.08 Cultural & Theme Tours

Quito to Otavalo, Cuicocha Lake and Cayambe Full-Day Tour

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