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Stop At: Quitsato Mitad del Mundo Monument, On the road to Otavalo, Cayambe 170202 Ecuador
NOTE: IS NOT THE MAIN MONUMET
Visit a small equator monument, entrance fee $2p.p
The Quitsato Sundial is a cultural-tourist place located at La Mitad Del Mundo, near to Cayambe, 47 km north of Quito. It was built in 2006 and inaugurated in 2007 as an independent, non-profit project in a 24,756 ft² (2300 m²) area. Its main goal is to share crucial aspects of the astronomical knowledge of the prehispanic cultures of the region. The expositions are carried out by community members as a self-sustaining project. According to Google Maps, the central pillar is 4 meters south of the true equator.
After this we will visit at the Cayambe bizcochos town (local biscuits) factory.
Products not included
Duration: 1 hour
Stop At: Miralago, Panamericana Norte km3 Via Del Cajas-Otavalo, San Pablo Del Lago 100211 Ecuador
Viewing point “Mira Lago” where it is possible to see Cayambe, Imbabura, San Pablo Lake, Tabacundo and flower farms.
Duration: 30 minutes
Stop At: Otavalo Market, Plaza de los Ponchos, Otavalo 100450 Ecuador
You will have time to explore the market and do some shooping
Duration: 1 hour
Stop At: Cotacachi-Cayapas Ecological Reserve, Esmeraldas region Ecuador
Visit Cotacachi leather town/ Lunch
Duration: 1 hour
Stop At: Cuicocha Lake, Laguna Cuicocha Ecuador
Here you will have time for a small walk after we return to Quito
Duration: 30 minutes
Pass By: Quito Old Town, Quito Ecuador
Return to Quito and drop you in your original meeting point.
Confirmation will be received at time of booking.
The tour operator reserves the right to change the itinerary without previous notice due to weather, National Park regulations or notifications and unforeseeable circumstances.
Necessary equipment: Warm clothes, gloves, hat. Sunglasses & Sunscreen. Water, snacks. Hiking shoes. Camera and Waterproof jacket.
Not wheelchair accessible.
Infants must sit on laps.
No heart problems or other serious medical conditions.
Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level.
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 18 travelers
I had an amazing time, walking among the locals and through the market. it was great!
I enjoyed the shopping. Lunch was ok. I was disappointed that the guide allowed a few guests to sit down and have breakfast at the biscuit shop while the rest of us waited in the parking lot 20 plus minutes. The extra time spent there meant less time at the Otavalo market before it started raining. The hike was not so much of a hike but a visit to historic cultural sites. I wished I had known that prior to opting out because of the rain. If I had known there was more then just a walk in the rain I would have participated.
I would not recommend it for any real traveler, unless you want to spend all day on a bus with short shopping spree.
We had many short and longer stops at various shops/restaurants, where we could just buy something... We only spend 1 hour at the Otavalo market and ome 15 minutes at Laguna Cuicocha visitor center it was raining, but we even didn't get the option to walk a little- we had to continue to our next stop- lunch. The last stop at leather market for an hour didn't make any sense at all. The guide was nice and knowledgeable, but the trip is not worth the money.
Our tour was a little different in that we did not go to the Laguna, but we did the real equator site, Otavalo market and a late lunch in Cotacachi. Omar was a good guide and it was a very full and interesting day. Thank you!
tour was awesome!
Otavalo is where we bought the souvenirs for our trip. However, most of the items could be found in Quito. Plan on bargaining over the price. The breakfast in Cayambe was good. If you plan on buying leather products Cotacatchi is the place to shop for all types of products. The lunch was amazing with soup, main dish, and dessert. The boat ride around Cuicocha Laguna gave us a view of some birds and trees around the two islands in the Laguna.
Nice places to see if you love nature and great views, only recommend that the time spend in the market should be shorten when is not in weekends as the options are fewer.
Food was great, tour guide good and friendly
Our guide was very good and had all sorts of interesting tidbits of information about the area. The tour was well organized and we enjoyed it very much. The highlight was the Laguna de Cuicocha - very beautiful
We had a great time visiting the various places and our guide was very good. Thoroughly recomment this tour. I think I may have over-paid for my Panama Equadorian hat though.
I wouldn't know anything about the trip and how it was. I got sick and wasn't able to attend, but of course they still kept my money
Great tour except it seems since Viator outsources these tours through other companies often you may end up doing duplicate activities as other tours because all the detailed stops are not included as advertised. For instance we did a Middle of the Earth tour the day before and had a stop of this tour of the same because it was not included in the description.
Excellent day of touring thru the Otavalo Market. The drive there was very pleasant -- stopping at the Equator. Our guide was very good. He explained things along the way and took us to this small town where they sold only leather in every shop. Great fun! A day well worth taking. Loved all of it.
This is a great way to explore outside of Quito. Our guide was highly professional and very friendly. The stops we made were very informative and the marketplace is a great introduction to a colorful mix of traditional and contemporary aspects of the indigenous culture of the region.
Great tour! Pick-up was on time and followed itinerary throughout the day. Our guide Omar was awesome and was able to speak both English and Spanish. We had enough time at each location to experience everything they had to offer.
Was a great tour , especially the Otavalo market so colorful and so much to buy at such good prices , the visit to Cuicocha lake in the crater of a volcano was a nice little cruise and such fresh and clean air and last stop the Cotocachi leather market is a leather shoppers paradise and tour guide was excellent , I surely recommend this tour
Understand that it is a trip to a market geared towards tourists. Be prepared to spend money even if you don't like to shop.
Very colourful and lively market. Gives you an insight and taste of the local produce. The fried fish at the market was delicious.
Had a blast. Omar our guide was funny and full of information. We had breakfast and stopped at 2 other sites aside from shopping. It was well worth the money.
The tour was very nice, all six of us had a great time!!!