Hiking
Trip Style
8 – 9 Hours
Duration
Otavalo Market
Location
Full-Day
Trip Type

HIGHLIGHTS:

  •  Get delighted by the unique salt biscuits, “manjar” and leaf cheese in Cayambe on your way to Otavalo
  •  Catch a sight of the beautiful snowcapped Cayambe Volcano and Taita Imbabaura during your day-trip.
  •  Visit the Province of the Lakes, Imbabura,  and learn why it earns its name
  •  On Saturdays and Wednesdays (only), visit the fascinating Otavalo Indian Market
  •  Meet the leather craftsmen inhabiting Cotacachi Valley as the perfect ending to your Otavalo market day tour

SHARED DEPARTURE Tuesday & Saturday
PRIVATE DEPARTURE Every day (extra cost)
DEPARTURE LOCATION Magic Bean (Foch & Juan Leon Mera)
RETURN LOCATION Magic Bean
DEPARTURE TIME Around 07.00 AM
DURATION  8 – 9 Hours Approximately
WEAR Comfortable clothing, hiking shoes, hat, jacket and sunscreen, camera
INCLUDED Bilingual Professional Guide.
Transportation – pick up/ drop off at hotel.
Lunch
NOT INCLUDED Mitad del Mundo entrance fee.
Quitsato entrance fee.
Cost of extra activities not listed.
Hotel in Quito (we can arrange your hotel accommodation if need)
Tips & Gratuities (optional)

Otavalo Market Full Day Tour short description.

Visit the Province of the Lakes in a full day tour to Otavalo and the Indian Market. Drive driving through the Guayllabamba Valley. Catch a sight of snowcapped Cayambe Volcano.

Visit Lago San Pablo, Cotacachi Village and Cuicocha. Don’t forget to try the unique delicacies of the province. We will leave Quito City behind and head towards Imbabura, aka “The Province of the Lakes”. The highway offers a lovely view passing through Calderón and Guayllabamba valleys.

We will make short stop here to get a closer look to local culture. Passing through Cayambe we can get a sight of the snow-capped volcano (5,790 m.), the world highest point crossed by the Equator Line.

Cayambe is also famous for its salt biscuits with “leaf cheese” and “manjar”, delicacy we can have a small taste of if you like to make stop. Taita Imbabura mount will welcomes us to its province where we will first head to the largest lake in Ecuador, the San Pablo.

Afterwards, we will enter Otavalo City that holds the Indian Market every Wednesdays and Saturdays, an ancient tradition and cultural exchange site among the Otavalo community.

We will then continue towards the peaceful Cotacachi Village, famous for its leather and meet the local caftsmen. After a last visit to the charming Cuicocha Crater Lake we will head back to Quito on the late afternoon.

USEFUL INFO FOR YOUR OTAVALO MARKET DAY TOUR

Climate :

Otavalo is located practically on the Equator and 2,700m (8,858 ft.) above sea level. This location is usually very sunny. Here’s a few recommendations on what to bring with you on a small back pack:

Money: 
We recommend you bring small bills to pay for the entrances and tips.

What to bring:

Sunscreen
Hat – Sunglasses
Refillable bottle of water
Camera

Clothing Suggestions:

Given the various visiting spots, you might get very hot on certain locations (Otavalo City) and chilly on others (Cuicocha Lake). Dress in layers – light pants and a short-sleeved shirt and additional overcoats. Bring comfortable (walking) shoes.

Tipping:

Please, feel free to tip your local guides and drivers if you are glad with their services. Even if not compulsory, tipping is cosidered a gesture of gratitude to the people taking care of you during your trip. We recommend you consider this expense when planning your budget for this tour.

Otavalo Market Day Tour
Otavalo
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Tour Reviews

5 based on 1 review
August 24, 2016

The andean culture is so beautiful with all those colors and handicrafts.

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