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Otavalo and Imbabura Sightseeing Tour from Quito

1. Otavalo and Imbabura Sightseeing Tour from Quito

Depart Quito and journey towards the Guayllabamba valley to see the Quitsato Sundial in La Mitad Del Mundo, built to share the astronomical knowledge of the pre-Hispanic cultures of the region. Pass over the line of the equator and continue towards the largest indigenous market in South America. Shop for souvenir textiles and traditional crafts at the Mercado de Ponchos, where the locals sell tagua nut jewelry, fake shrunken heads, hand-painted trays, spices, spools of wool and other interesting items under mushroom-shaped umbrellas. Get back to nature at the Peguche waterfall, popular with the locals who go there to take a sacred bath on the eve of Inti Raymi. Continue towards the caldera lake of Cuicocha in the Cotacachi-Cayapas Reserve (excluding holidays) and get stunning views of the Cotacachi Volcano before driving back to Quito.

Otavalo: Full day trip from Quito

2. 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.

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What people are saying about Otavalo

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 6 reviews

Even the establishment of contact was exemplary. We were informed in good time and in detail, even a pick-up at the hotel was made possible. The guide was always safe and focused. We stopped at the agreed points and explained a lot. There was even a small tasting. The equator is not the museum building mentioned in many travel guides, but rather the point at which French researchers measured it in the 18th century. Relatively unspectacular. We went on to the crater lake. Also quite a "normal lake". Again the guide explained a lot of things worth knowing and also stories about the origins. The highlight of the market in Otavalo. Manageable from my point of view. Lots of booths, but their offerings were very similar. My personal conclusion: when you consider the long journey…. could be canceled on a tight schedule

Super organized tour, Otavalo is definitely worth a visit, but the stops at the monument, the waterfall, the hardware store, etc. make the tour special and definitely more exciting than just taking the bus from Quito to the market in Otavalo drive.

Longer day than expected (12 hours vs. 10 in the description), but worth it! All the stops were great. Bring an extra duffle bag to fill with all the beautiful textiles from the market, you'll want to buy everything.

Exceptional!

Daniel and Nixon were great hosts and guides and we loved every minute of the tour. Would highly recommend.

It was relaxed. Interesting stops, love the waterfall and all the stuff you could buy. Thanks.