Asmall little town in the north side of the country, only 3 hours away from Quito, Otavalo is a culture rich town surrounded with breathtaking views of volcanoes and Andean slopes, Imbabura,Cotacachi & Mojanda. A town inhabited in its majority by hard working and creative indigenous people, kind and welcoming. Otavalo is well known for its famous handicraft market, it features a huge variety of handmade souvenirs, clothing and jewelry; walking through its streets you will notice how Otavelenos have remained true to their culture to this day. Other attractions you can find in Otavalo are beautiful lagoons, waterfalls, folkloric music and instruments.
The Otavalo Market
A handicraft paradise, perfect for shopping and taking some souvenirs back home for relatives and friends, here you will find a big variety of hand knitted clothes, tagua nut jewelry, musical instruments, colorful tapestries, local paintings, panama hats & a lot more. Bargaining is part of the fun in the market, but it’s important to bear in mind that most advertized products are handmade – some of them being very time consuming to elaborate. Saturday runs the biggest market of the week, but plenty of goods are available in the main square and surrounding local shops throughout the week.
Otavaleños are full of tradition and remain true to their roots to this very day, you will be pleasantly surprised when you reach Otavalo and notice the distinctive clothing for men, women, and even children. Women wear distinctive embroidered blouses with many strings of gold beads in their necks; men wear white trousers and the famous
dark ponchos. Other than their clothing otavalenos are also known for their music which plays an important role in the famous indigenous festival (Inti Raymi).
Lagoons & Waterfalls
Lagoons and waterfalls are part of the attractions Otavalo has to offer, found on the outskirts of the town near the valley of slopes and volcanoes, stunning landscapes worth visiting. Both Cuicocha & Mojanda are perfect for mild walks in the surroundings and to enjoy the amazing landscape they offer.
Otavalo Program 2018
Hotel pickup with approximately 2 hour drive.
Optional stop at Cayambe to taste a local delicacy (cheese & biscuits).
Free time to browse the market, an average of 1 hour to shop.
Your guide will recommend a good restaurant in the surroundings.
A mild 15 minute walk to reach the beautiful peguche waterfall.
Visit local family shops to observe weaving & musical instruments.
Saquisili market: known for leather goods.
Tour ends, your guide will drive drop you off in your hotel at approx 6pm.
- Available 08:00 to 18:00 any day of the week. (Saturday Recommended!). *Optional activity is time & weather dependent, surcharge applies.
- Bookings are not processed on weekends. We require at least 4 days notice to properly set up day tours. Please keep this in mind before placing your reservation.
Otavalo Rates 2018
Otavalo Day Tour - Culture & Nature / 4+ Guest
Otavalo Day Tour - Culture & Nature / 3 Guest
Otavalo Day Tour - Culture & Nature / 2 Guest
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* Prices are per person, and subject to change without prior notice
* All prices are in USD
|Otavalo, Culture & Nature||1 day – 0 nights||single guest||private vehicle||private guide||$170||BOOK NOW|
Otavalo Inclusions & Exclusions
||Hotel Pickup (city hotels)|
||Certified bilingual guide|
||Activities as listed *entrance fees apply|
||Personal expenses & entrance fees|
||Transfer to other locations|
Saquisili surcharge: $10 per person.
Last revision: 29-November-2017 / Valid until: 31-December-2018
Certified tours by local authorities, compliant with local regulations.
Programs are private by default with certified English speaking driver-guides.
All rates are per person in US$ dollars, rates are subject to change.
Regular vehicles used by default, a van or bus for groups above 4 guests.
Order of activities are not fixed & might change to optimize your experience.
Activities may be replaced/changed if they can be arranged in the allotted time.
- Cap or hat
- Sport or trekking shoes
- High factor sun block cream or gel
- Bottled water to carry with you in tour
- UV400 sunglasses with 100% UVB block
- Digital camera or mobile phone
- Light clothing & rainproof jacket
- Cash for souvenirs, meals & tipping
- Backpack to carry personal belongings
- Passport copy, keep original stored in hotel
Children allowed: Yes
Children discount: 50%
Children minimum age: 6 years
Considered child: Under the age of 6
Restrictions: Accompanied with 2 adults
Discount & restrictions subject to change
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