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Otavalo market day trip

 

Otavalo Indigenous Handicrafts Market

Discover the beautiful and unique Otavalo indigenous market with us. Located north of Quito, this is one of the biggest indigenous markets in Latin America. Here, thousands of merchants gather to sell their products, including handmade fabrics, embroidered blouses and shirts, and the famous woven alpaca ponchos, mittens and hats. Bursting with a million colors, sounds, and memorable characters, the Otavalo market is without a doubt a must-visit place in Ecuador.

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Travel program

Itinerary:

Day 1.- Quito – Otavalo (2600m)

Detailed Program


Day 1: Quito – Otavalo (2600m)
06:45 Leave from Plaza Foch for transfer to Otavalo
09:00 Quitsato Middle of the world
09:30 Visit of the Cayambe bizcochos (local biscuits) factory
10:30 San Pablo Lagoon view point
11:00 Explore the Otavalo Market
13:00 Touring the town of Cotocachi
13:30 Lunch
15:30 Cuicocha crater Lake
16:30 Drive back to Quito
18:30 Arrive at Plaza Foch (initial point)

 

Our tour starts off early in the morning, when your guide and driver pick you up to start your tour heading north from Quito. On the way, you might be able to see Cayambe. This 4690 m (15,387 ft) volcano towers over the Andes and is the highest point in the world along the equatorial line. We will stop for a moment in the town of Cayambe to sample the traditional biscochos, a delectable local pastry traditional to the area that is served with cheese or dulce de leche (another local specialty). Continuing our journey north, we will arrive at the local market of Otavalo. On Saturdays, this market extends throughout the entire city of Otavalo, while on the other days of the week, you will find the Plaza de los Ponchos filled with indigenous merchants that bring their products from all over the Andes to sell them here. Practice your bargaining skills with locals, and share a nice moment with them; find an authentic alpaca poncho to call your own; or appreciate the vibrant tapestries or the famous embroidered Zuleta blouses. Enjoy the delicious local cuisine at one of the traditional, local indigena Restaurant and then continue your tour at Cotacachi and Cuicocha. First, we will visit the sacred lake of Cuicocha. A unique and marvelous site, this lake is set within the crater of an active volcano. In the center, two small islands breach the water’s surface. Marvel at the tranquility and splendor of this magical place. Finally, we will visit the town of Cotacachi, a picturesque town where most of its inhabitants are dedicated to the leather industry; shoes, boots, purses, jackets, and many other beautiful clothes can be found here, so take a stroll along the main street, and do some shopping. Afterwards, we will return to Quito.  

What's Included


Services included in the prices:
  • Professional bilingual guide
  • Lunch
  • Transport from and to Quito

Not included:
  • Tips for guide
  • Entrance feefor Quitsato ($1)
  • Canoe in Cuicocha ($3.50)

What to bring:
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun cream
  • Water
  • Camera
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Big bag for shopping
  • Waterproof jacket

Prices & Dates

Shared tour: 55USD p.p. (Saturdays and Tuesdays)

Private tour:

1 person $ 180
2 people $ 85
3 people $ 75 USD

$35 per person, this price is based on shared groups with minimum 10 people

Other dates / additional info: Contact us!


Legend Booking-information
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OTAVALO CULTURE AND ADVENTURE

 

Otavalo Market, Culture & Adventure (3 Days)

The indigenous Otavaleños are famous for weaving textiles, usually made of wool (that is sometimes as black as a raven), which are sold at the famous Saturday market. Although the largest market is on Saturday, there is a very wide range of wares available throughout the week in the Plaza de los Ponchos, and the many local shops. The shops sell textiles such as handmade blankets, tablecloths, and much more.

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Travel program

Itinerary:

Day 1.- Otavalo (2600m)

Day 2.- Community

Day 3.- Fuya Fuya Lake

Detailed Program


Day 1: Quito – Otavalo (2600m)
06:45 Leave from Plaza Foch for transfer to Otavalo
09:00 Quitsato Middle of the world
09:30 Visit of the Cayambe bizcochos (local biscuits) factory
10:30 San Pablo Lagoon view point
11:00 Explore the Otavalo Market
13:00 Touring the town of Cotocachi
13:30 Lunch
15:30 Cuicocha crater Lake
16:30 Drive back to Quito
18:30 Overnight at Otavalo

Our tour starts off early in the morning, when your guide and driver pick you up to start your tour heading north from Quito. On the way, you might be able to see Cayambe. This 4690 m (15,387 ft) volcano towers over the Andes and is the highest point in the world along the equatorial line. We will stop for a moment in the town of Cayambe to sample the traditional biscochos, a delectable local pastry traditional to the area that is served with cheese or dulce de leche (another local specialty). Continuing our journey north, we will arrive at the local market of Otavalo. On Saturdays, this market extends throughout the entire city of Otavalo, while on the other days of the week, you will find the Plaza de los Ponchos filled with indigenous merchants that bring their products from all over the Andes to sell them here. Practice your bargaining skills with locals, and share a nice moment with them; find an authentic alpaca poncho to call your own; or appreciate the vibrant tapestries or the famous embroidered Zuleta blouses. Enjoy the delicious local cuisine at one of the traditional, local indigena Restaurant and then continue your tour at Cotacachi and Cuicocha. First, we will visit the sacred lake of Cuicocha. A unique and marvelous site, this lake is set within the crater of an active volcano. In the center, two small islands breach the water’s surface. Marvel at the tranquility and splendor of this magical place. Finally, we will visit the town of Cotacachi, a picturesque town where most of its inhabitants are dedicated to the leather industry; shoes, boots, purses, jackets, and many other beautiful clothes can be found here, so take a stroll along the main street, and do some shopping.

Day 2: Otavalo (2600m) Indigenous Community

A fascinating day visiting some of the small indian villages surrounding Otavalo. During the trip you can typically see locals making handicrafts, playing Andean musical instruments, and weaving traditional shawls. You will also visit the Peguche Waterfall - a sacred site where the locals take their energizing ritual baths during the festival of the sun god and the lake of Cuicocha. Overnight at Otavalo.

Day 3: Fuya Fuya Lake - Quito

A full morning to visit the local lakes of Mojanda and Fuya Fuya - areas of unique natural beauty and tranquillity. For the active you can trek up to the peak of Fuya Fuya for fabulous views of the lakes below and surrounding countryside. If you do not fancy the trek then gentler walking is also possible with nice lake views. Return to Quito in the afternoon.

What's Included


Services included in the prices:

  1. Accommodation in double rooms. Triple rooms are also available should a group of odd-numbered passengers wish to avoid paying a single supplement.
  2. Transfers with local driver (with pickup / dropoff at Quito city hotel)
  3. Meals as listed in itinerary
  4. Activities as listed in itinerary
  5. English-speaking guide for all activities

Not included:

  • International flights
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
  • Meals not listed as part of itinerary
  • Local entry fees
  • Single supplement (applies for a single room for somebody travelling within a group). If you are travelling alone then please ask our staff for a solo traveller price quote.
  • Pickup / dropoff at airport or in Quito valley area (this service costs extra)
  • Entrance feefor Quitsato ($1)
  • Canoe in Cuicocha ($3.50)

What to bring:
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun cream
  • Water
  • Camera
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Big bag for shopping
  • Waterproof jacket

Prices & Dates

  • 1 person: 360 USD Regular /390 USD Confort / 450 VIP
    2 people :180 USD Regular /240 USD Confort / 350 VIP
    3 people :160 USD Regular /190 USD Confort / 290 VIP
  • $160 per person, this price is based on shared groups with minimum 10 people (Regular)

Other dates / additional info: Contact us!


Legend Booking-information
EZZ - Single room supplement
On this trip, places are still available On this trip, places are still available.
On this trip, only a few places left. On this trip, only a few places left.
This trip is sold out / closed. This trip is sold out / closed.