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Stop At: Quitsato, Panamericana, Cayambe 170202 Ecuador
Quitsato Solar Museum (entrance $ 2). Visit to the Cayambe bizcochos (local biscuits) factory (Own expenses).
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Stop At: Otavalo Market, Plaza de los Ponchos, Otavalo 100450 Ecuador
Beautiful view point of Otavalo city and visit to a small hats factory. Exploring Otavalo Market
Duration: 3 hours
Stop At: Laguna Cuicocha, Cotacachi 100450 Ecuador
Cuicocha crater lake. Then, lunch and visit Cotacachi leather town.
Duration: 3 hours
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A current valid passport is required on the day of travel.
Not recommended for travelers with back problems.
Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required.
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in La Mariscal (new town) area: the bus leaves at 7:00am from the corner of Juan Leon Mera and Mariscal Foch (in front of the Magic Bean restaurant). Please be there at 6:50am..
in the Historical centre (old town) area: the bus leaves at 7:20am from Cafe Jumandi (Caldas street E1-83 and Rios street, diagonal of the San Blas church). Please be there at 7:10am..
Please let us know which meeting point you take so we can communicate that to the guide and don’t be late because the bus won’t wait for you..
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Not wheelchair accessible.
No heart problems or other serious medical conditions.
Inform yourself about food safety when traveling to tropical countries. Take the necessary precaution to avoid food poisoning (always wash your hands before eating, don’t eat ‘street food’, only eat peeled fruits, etc.)..
Most travelers can participate.
This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers.
Face masks required for travelers in public areas.
Face masks required for guides in public areas.
Face masks provided for travelers.
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff.
Social distancing enforced throughout experience.
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas.
Gear/equipment sanitized between use.
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized.
Guides required to regularly wash hands.
Regular temperature checks for staff.
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival.
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms.
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons.
Travelers must bring with them extra sanitary items to be used during the entire tour. Transportation: Passengers will be seated skipping a place to maintain the distance required. Medicine: Travelers should bring their medications from their countries.
I would have liked to spend a little time at the Midad del Mundo monument as well, at least for a short time.
It was a great time, Francisco and Patricio with Eco-Tour Ecuador were very welcoming and knowledgeable. They shared a great deal history and culture, plus the market was entertaining. Tip: bring cash and prepare for a long day.
We had an absolutely wonderful time! Omar was an amazing guide with an extensive knowledge on the culture and history of Ecuador. There was not a single dull moment between Omar's amazing commentary and the beautiful scenery. Every stop we made was so full of history, this was without a doubt a great way to take in a lot of the natural beauty Ecuador has to offer. Make sure to take cash for snacks ans crafts as it is a long day full of sightseeing and traveling. Recommend this tour 100
I've been to a couple other indigenous markets and it was very similar. This one was a bit larger and had some items I have not seen before, but there were also items that were brought from Peru. I have seen the same sweaters and hats and other alpaca items in the markets in Peru, some even had Peru written right on the item. I can tell you that these items you can buy for 5-12 dollars cheaper in Peru, so you might as well wait if you are going there. The other stops were great and Omar was a great tour guide.
Another great tour! We were lucky that the day was Clear and could see most of he volcanoes on our way to cayambe. The bizcochos we tried were delicious and the Otavalo market offered an array of options for buying Ecuadorian handicrafts. Thoroughly enjoyed the trip.
Great tour! Our guide Omar was great! The day was clear so we were lucky to see a lot of volcanoes as we drove north of Quito. Our first stop was in Quitsato - where the middle of the world is located. The guide offered interesting information about the place and how they designed and built the sundial. The views of the Cayambe volcano from this area were amazing. After this, we enjoyed breakfast in the town of Cayambe where tried the famous bizcochos and queso de hoja. They were delicious! As we drove to Otavalo, an Otavalian girl got on the bus to explain the traditional clothing of the Otavalo women and sing a song in quechua - it was very interesting to learn about their traditions as it provided some background before we visited the town. Once we reached the Otavalo market, we had a few hours to shop. The market is colorful and has amazing handicrafts and Ecuadorian souvenirs for reasonable prices. After Otavalo, we went to Cuicocha crater lake where we did a short hike to take pictures and enjoy the view. We had lunch in the town of Cotacachi. Once again, food was amazing with great vegetarian options! We enjoyed the famous helados de paila for dessert which didn't disappoint! Overall. another amazing tour with a knowledgeable guide and the opportunity to visit unique places to experience the culture of Ecuador! Would definitely recommend it!
It's a trip to a tourist market. It is beautiful countryside, though.
This tour was phenomenal. Omar was great and extremely informative
Our guide was very informative and spoke English well. There were also Spanish speaking tourists on the tour, and he did a good job of switching between languages to make sure no one missed anything. All of the stops were very enjoyable, and lunch was very good.
This tour does not stop at the popular monument on the equator that you have probably seen pictures of, this one is a large sundial, and the employees explain the difference in the night sky at the equator and also their mission to have a differently oriented map. This part is not bad, but not what we were expecting.
Omar was an excellent guide-very funny and very knowledgable.