From Quito: Otavalo, Cotacachi & Cuicocha Full-Day Tour
Pickup optionalTransportation provided from the following hotels in Quito: Patio Andaluz • Hilton Colon Quito • Mercure Hotel Alameda Quito • Reina Isabel • Río Amazonas • Nu House Boutique Hotel • Galería Ecuador (La Mariscal) • Hotel Swissôtel Quito • Hotel NH Collection Quito Royal • Hotel Kaia • Holiday Inn Express Quito • JW Marriott Hotel Quito • Wyndham Garden Quito • Dann Carlton • Le Parc Hotel • Sheraton Quito Hotel
- Taste the delicious specialty of Bizcochos de Cayambe (baked pastries)
- Make a stop at Miralago to admire a wonderful view of Lago San Pablo
- Visit a traditional market
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, make a brief stop at Miralago to admire a wonderful view of Lago San Pablo.
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. You may choose between staying in this area and enjoying more time at the market (a bus will pick you up at the end of the tour*), or you can continue the tour to visit Cotacachi and Cuicocha.
If you continue the tour, journey to the town of Cotacachi, recognized for its leather clothing and crafts. On the way to Cotacachi, 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 and leather goods shops, as well as free time for lunch (not included).
Later, visit the Ecological Reserve where the Cuicocha lagoon is located, inside the crater of the Cotacachi Volcano. This 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 with the chance to sail in the crater of the volcano in small boats (at an additional cost).
*Bus will wait for 10 minutes in Otavalo to pick you up if you have chosen to stay there, and after that will return to Quito and your respective hotel or starting point.
- Hotel pickup and drop-off from selected hotels in Quito (if option selected)
- Optional gratuities
- Wheelchair users
Prepare for the activity
- Passport or ID card
- Comfortable shoes
- Sun hat
• Please wear comfortable shoes, as part of the tour will be on foot