Otavalo Indigenous Market Tour
Start at 7am
North of Quito is the renowned indigenous market of Ecuador in Otavalo, a place full of traditions and handicrafts. Before arriving to this magical place, you will visit Calderon, a small town famous for its “Mazapan” handicrafts. Further along the route is Cayambe, the perfect place to see how people prepare bizcochos using a traditional technique and in a wood fired oven (don’t forget to pair them with dulce de leche.) The next stop is a viewpoint where you can enjoy the landscape of the Imbabura volcano (4610 mts.) and the San Pablo lake.
Our next and most anticipated spot will be the Otavalo market, where you will spend time shopping at the artisanal market and taking pictures. Here, you can absorb the feel of an authentic indigenous market and the talented craftspeople who make it possible. You will fall in love with the variety and quality of artisanal goods, and the palate of colors in every stall.
Afterwards, you will go to Cotacachi to have a delicious lunch, and explore the local leather workshops. The tour will close with an optional boat ride in the cuicocha lake, or time to enjoy its vibrant green landscape.
- Transportation from Quito to Otavalo and back
- Bilingual Guide
- Fun, Smiles, and New Friends
- Additional Entrance fee
- Items not mention on the itinerary
“I’ve been with group of friends in Ecuador and we did Otavalo tour… It was fantastic, great guide, great transportation, everything was like they said and the price was very good. I would like to recommend this tour to all travelers visiting Ecuador …” – Ian from Belgrade
“First, the agency itself is a cool place to hang out and plan activities and meet other travelers. They have tours that are set up, but also willing to tailor tours as needed for groups (which is good for me to know for my future clients!). The Otavalo Market tour was awesome. Alberto was the guide for the group and he was great. I tend to ask a lot of questions and he had answers for them all! They keep the groups small, which is a great opportunity to connect with travelers from all over the world.” -Hilary from Redding, Connecticut