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Otavalo: Full day trip from Quito

Otavalo: Full day trip from Quito

Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in Quito, and then journey by private vehicle towards the lively indigenous bazaar of Otavalo Market. Make brief stops at the village of Guayabamba and get an amazing view of San Pablo Lake and the surrounding landscape. Try some of the local biscochos (cookies) typical of the region along the way. Visit a weaving workshop in Peguche to learn about the handmade artisanal products and clothes typical of the region. Get back on the road to arrive at Otavalo Market and join the locals who come to sell their wares at the most spectacular market in Latin America. Buy unique souvenirs or just watch the hustle and bustle of the market vendors. Make your way to the beautiful crater lake of Cuicocha at the foot of Cotacachi Volcano. Return to Quito at the end of a day full of activities and get dropped off at your hotel.

Otavalo Market , Peguche Waterfall and Cotacachi Day Trip

Otavalo Market , Peguche Waterfall and Cotacachi Day Trip

Get Inspire by our Amazing Otavalo Tour Once we pick you up in Quito City , we will start our amazing program driving towards to Guayllabamba Valley to try some local fruits such Cherimoya, known as "sticky apple", and many other unique flavors that you will love for sure. Then, we will continue our drive to Cayambe town known as "the biscuit town" where you will try these delicious biscuits which you can combine with a cup of local chocolate and the traditional leaf cheese. In the road, we will stop by Mira lago viewpoint, where you will enjoy a facinating landscape full cover with crops , lakes and volcanoes. Then, we will arrive to Otavalo and visit the Handicraft market (one of the oldest Indigenous markets in Latinamerica), from this moment you will have enough time to explore and enjoy the area on your own pace. After that, we will take you to visit a sacred waterfall called Peguche, at this place you will walk for 15 minutes between a nice eucalipto forest surrounded by colorful landscapes. Finally, we will visit Cotacachi town also known as “ the Leather town”, here you can enjoy a typical lunch in one of the local restaurants (extra cost). This is our last visit before we return to Quito. PLEASE NOTICE THAT THIS SHARED TOUR ONLY OPERATES ON THURSDAY, AND SATURDAY , IF YOU ARE INTRESTED IN OTHER DAYS WE CAN STILL OFFER YOU THE TOUR ON A PRIVATE BASE , JUST LET US KNOW IN ADVANCE

From Quito: Otavalo, Plaza de Ponchos Market & Cotacachi

From Quito: Otavalo, Plaza de Ponchos Market & Cotacachi

Discover a wide array of local crafts on this day trip from Quito to the vibrant Plaza de Ponchos market in the city of Otavalo. Visit a fabric gallery at Casa Condor, an Andean Music House, and travel to Cotacachi to look for leather goods. Be picked up by your local guide at your accommodation in Quito. Relax on a scenic drive through the Guayllabamba countryside and stop to savor a custardy chirimoya fruit. Continue to the Andean highland city of Otavalo.  Head to the Plaza de Ponchos market where local crafts from northern Ecuador are sold. Peruse the colorful shops before continuing to the Casa Condor gallery for a demonstration on the traditional preparation and coloring of wool. Delight your ears at the Andean Music House where a musician will show you how Andean instruments are used in local performances. Drive to the charming town of Cotacachi to check out some fine leather products that the area is well-known for. Have the chance to stop to purchase a local lunch before returning to your accommodation in Quito.

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(8 reviews)

it was amazing really took his time showing me places and took his time at the market and made sure I got everything I needed. And went out of his way when my credit card stoped working to go to the bank help me with withdrawal money for the rest of my trip. even went to the pharmacy when I was feeling well. very considerate of my needs during my tour making sure I was comfortable.

Gustavo Tupiza was an excellent guide. He was professional, knowledgeable, kind and courteous, spoke great English, was patient, informative and really went the extra mile to be helpful. He is a great driver, as well as great company and my friend and I felt incredibly safe and looked after. We highly recommend him. Anyone would lucky to have him as a driver and guide.

Diego is a fabulous guide; a friendly and knowledgeable ambassador for Ecuador. He brought us to great places, had good advice about walking through the markets and helped us find what we were looking for. Diego is generous, interesting and a delightful conversationalist and he gave us a wonderful day in Otavalo.

Diego was a great tour guide! We got to see so many things and he explained everything and went above and beyond to give us the context and history and culture of Ecuador/the Andes. Also we hit a lot of traffic coming back to Quito but felt very safe with our driver.