Pickup: HOTEL KAIA (Valladolid N24-742 y Julio Zaldumbide)
Days: Tuesday & Saturday: 07h43
Submerge Yourself in Otavalo Culture.
Immerse yourself in the culture of the Andean people, communities, and ethnic groups on this tour of the towns of Cayambe and Cotacachi. Learn about the diverse cultures that make Ecuador such a unique place.
Departing from our designated hotels in Quito, we travel on the Panamerican North Highway to Cayambe, where you have the opportunity to taste the delicious bizcochos de Cayambe, a type of cracker or bread baked in a clay oven (deliciously paired with local cheese or caramel sauce).
After admiring Lake San Pablo, we arrive at the Otavalo Market, the largest in America, where the indigenous people of the area — one of Ecuador’s most recognized ethnic groups, known as Otavalos — make and sell their textiles and handicrafts.
You may choose to either stay in this area and enjoy more time in the market, and our bus picks you up at the end of the tour, or continue on the journey to the town of Cotacachi, recognized for leather clothing and crafts.
In Cotacachi, you have time to visit the village, the leather goods shops, and free time for lunch (not included). Later, we visit the Ecological Reserve where the Cuicocha lagoon is located, inside the crater of the Cotacachi Volcano, which originated after a volcanic explosion thousands of years ago. If the weather permits, we sail in the crater of the volcano in small boats (with additional cost).
By the end of the tour, you have a deeper knowledge of the diverse cultures of the area. It’s an unforgettable experience that shows you the life of Ecuador’s various communities.