in Otavalo, Quito, Ecuador

Otavalo, Cuicocha Lake and Cayambe Shared Day Tour from Quito

Otavalo, Quito, Ecuador

66.10 USD

1 - 15

12 hrs

From $66.10 USD
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  • Enjoy a full-day cultural tour with English-speaking guide. Combine the famous indigenous market in Ecuador along with seeing some of the interesting locations outside of Otavalo. Visit Quitsato Solar Museum, a bizcohos factory and Cuicocha on this small-group tour.

  • Around:
    • Otavalo
    • Quito, Ecuador
  • Pickup: 1: Centro Histórico, Quito, Ecuador
    2: Plaza Foch, Quito 170143, Ecuador

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Time of Tour
  • Departure at: 7:00 AM
  • Duration: 12 hrs

  • Price per person: $66.10
  • Size: 1 - 15 people
  • Discount: 0%
  • Languages: English - Guide

  • Professional guide/driver.
    Transportation from and to Quito’s meeting point..
    24/7 assistance in Dutch, English and Spanish

  • Hotel pick up & drop off.
    All expenses for activities.
    Extra food and drinks.
    Optional tips for the guide.
    Entry/Admission - Quitsato

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience

Otavalo, Cuicocha Lake and Cayambe Shared Day Tour from Quito

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Quitsato, Panamericana, Cayambe 170202 Ecuador

After approximately 1 and a half hour drive, you will visit the Quitsato Solar Museum (entrance $ 2).

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Cayambe, Via Tabacundo Cajas, Ecuador

Around 9:30 AM, you will visit a local factory in Cayambe, where bizcochos, a delicious local snack, are prepared (own expenses).

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Otavalo Market, Plaza de los Ponchos, Otavalo 100450 Ecuador

From Cayambe, it takes only half an hour to reach Otavalo. After arriving, you will visit a beautiful view point where you will be able to observe the city. Then you will visit a small hats factory. At 11:00, you will exploring Otavalo Market, one of the biggest indigenous markets in South America where you can buy typical Ecuadorian souvenirs.

Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Laguna Cuicocha, Cotacachi 100450 Ecuador

Around 2:00 PM, you will be taken to Cuicocha crater lake, a unique lake with an amazingly stunning view.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Iglesia Matriz, Bolivar Street, Cotacachi 100350 Ecuador

At 3:30 approximately you will enjoy a local lunch, and then you will go to Cotacachi. This place is know as the ‘leather capital of Ecuador’. You will have the change to explore the town and buy some souvenirs.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

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Additional Information

Confirmation will be received at time of booking.
A current valid passport is required on the day of travel.
It is important that you will have current travel insurance including personal medical insurance. Please inform us of any known medical conditions you have.
Important things to bring: comfortable and light clothing, (a rain jacket, just in case) water, sun block, sunglasses and passport..
It is important that you will have current travel insurance including personal medical insurance. Please inform us of any known medical conditions you have..
The operator reserves the right to change the itinerary without previous notice due to weather, National Park regulations or notifications and unpredictable circumstances..
In order to process your reservation please help us with all this information:.
Meeting point:.
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..
Arrival and departure information of international flights.
Whatsapp phone number (in case you use Whatsapp and would like us to contact you that during your stay via Whatsapp).
For all guests:.
Passport numbers.
Date of birth.
Food restrictions.
Medical restrictions.
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.)..
The operator cannot take any responsibility for any illnesses or missed meals & tours due to an illness. It is mandatory to have valid travel and medical insurance. Please inform us of any known medical conditions you have..
Not wheelchair accessible.
Not recommended for travelers with back problems.
No heart problems or other serious medical conditions.
Most travelers can participate.
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.


4.4 stars, based on 8 reviews
Vanessa T
Vanessa T

I really enjoyed this tour. The guide gave us a lot of good information about Ecuador's history. The 1h30 spent in otavalo was enough. Wish we would of spent more time at cuicocha lake (although it was super cloudy that day so we didn't see much ). Lunch was also delicious.

Allison A. L
Allison A. L

Wonderful day. We had a bit of a time trying to find the meeting point, but after we got past that our day was great. The guide was wonderful. He was very knowledgeable and gave us a lot of information about each site. We had plenty of time to enjoy each site and do some shopping and enjoy the cultural sites. The food was wonderful. We had a really great time. We saw many sites this day including Cayambe, Equator site, Cuicocha Lake, Cotocachi, Otavalo, and a few bathroom and food breaks were we got to see an alpaca and llama.

Mark V
Mark V

It was a great day getting out of Quito to see some more of Ecuador. You would think the 9,000 feet of Quito was high enough but on this day we went higher. A nice small group of Brazilians, a Chilean and a couple from Austria, with guide Patrice and driver Luis. The small village of Cayambe gave us a chance for some morning coffee , sample some of legendary Cacao and get ready for the day to come. A quick stop at the equator followed, gotta get the feet on both sides picture then on to Otavalo and the local market for some serious haggling with the local market vendors. They were tough on the price but fun. We then moved on to Cuicocha Lake one of the many mountain volcanic lakes of Ecuador. The climb of about 15 minutes was doable for all ages. Our day ended with a nice lunch in the city of Cotopaxi. Pork, chicken and fish were the options. In the background of each location were mountain peaks and volcanoes. It was a warm day and the scenery as green as can be. It was then back to Quito just in time for evening traffic. It seems that day trips no matter the place in the world end up like this. Lots of time in the van, often time uncomfortable and little or as in this case no air conditioning. But traveling with a small group I feel is the way to go and if you sign up for a 10 hour trip you kind of know what you are buying into. All and thanks to Patrice and Luis for a great day in the spectacular volcanic highlands of Ecuador.

Nancy E
Nancy E

The promised 15 person trip turned out to be 19 people . 2 needed to sit on the jump seats . Several agencies were represented . Some paid 50.00 . Viator charged 70.00pp. So those paying more felt
Ripped off. Guide was funny and informative.
3 pm was a little late for lunch.


Our guide Pedro was great. Loved the visits to the little towns. I got some great souvenirs.

Miguel A
Miguel A

Great tour, very interactive. Tour guide was very knowledgeable and kept the tour group engaged.

greg g
greg g

This tour was wonderful! The views were outstanding, and each stop was informative and interesting. From the biscuit factory to the waterfall, the shopping, the lake... we enjoyed every moment. The tour took a full day 12 hours and we never felt rushed or bored. Juan Carlos was an excellent guide and taught us much about the ecology of the area. Juan has a great personality and took time to know and engage each person on the tour. THANK YOU for a spectacular day!

Anita G
Anita G

Trip focused on shopping. Sights in little time.

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