in Avenida Orellana E 6-54, Calle Reina Victoria, Avenida Orellana 1172, , Cordero E 4-375, and Av. Amazonas, corner, Valladolid, Julio Zaldumbide, Avenida Naciones Unidas y Avenida Republica De El Salvador, N36-212, Ramon Roca E 4-122, Av. Amazonas, Av Republica de El Salvador, N34-349 e Irlanda, Garcia Moreno N 6-52, Between Mejia and Olmedo, Otavalo, Quito, Ecuador

Otavalo, Cotacachi and Cuicocha Tour With Optional Hotel Pick-Up - "Small Group"


Avenida Orellana E 6-54, Calle Reina Victoria, Avenida Orellana 1172, , Cordero E 4-375, and Av. Amazonas, corner, Valladolid, Julio Zaldumbide, Avenida Naciones Unidas y Avenida Republica De El Salvador, N36-212, Ramon Roca E 4-122, Av. Amazonas, Av Republica de El Salvador, N34-349 e Irlanda, Garcia Moreno N 6-52, Between Mejia and Olmedo, Otavalo, Quito, Ecuador

46.55 USD

1 - 10

9 hrs


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Overview
  • Take a drive through Ecuador's breathtaking scenery, stopping along the way to take photos and soak up the truly amazing and diverse landscapes! Head for Otavalo Market and experience the local way of shopping as you barter for handicrafts and many other items!
    You will have the opportunity to sail in small boats, in the Cuicocha lagoon, inside the crater of an active volcano (additional cost).

Location
  • Around:
    • Avenida Orellana E 6-54, Calle Reina Victoria
    • Avenida Orellana 1172,
    • Cordero E 4-375, and Av. Amazonas, corner
    • Valladolid, Julio Zaldumbide
    • Avenida Naciones Unidas y Avenida Republica De El Salvador, N36-212
    • Ramon Roca E 4-122, Av. Amazonas
    • Av Republica de El Salvador, N34-349 e Irlanda
    • Garcia Moreno N 6-52, Between Mejia and Olmedo
    • Otavalo
    • Quito, Ecuador
  • Pickup: Hotel Kaia, Valladolid N24-742 y Julio Zaldumbide, Quito 170109, Ecuador

    Traveler pickup is offered
    If you choose the option with pick-up from hotels, you can choose from any of the following list:

    Tuesday & Saturday: Patio Andaluz 7:00, Hilton Colon 7:15, Mercure Alameda 7:18, Reina Isabel 7:22, Río Amazonas 7:26, Nu House 7:29, Galeria Ecuador 7:32, Swissotel 7:40, NH Collection 7:40, KAIA 7:43, Holiday Inn 7:50, J.W. Marriott 7:52, Wyndham Garden 8:00, Dann Carlton 8:10, Le Parc 8:10, Sheraton 8:15

    You must specify the name of the hotel in the booking process (any from the list). If you didn't specify your hotel in the booking process, or if you put one that is not on this list, your meeting point will be at KAIA HOTEL (Valladolid N24-742 y Julio Zaldumbide) Tuesday & Saturday at 07:43.

    Remember to show up at the hotel at the time determined above or at the meeting point. There will be no refunds for not following the instructions mentioned here.


Categories
  • Cultural Tours
  • Day Trips
  • Market Tours
  • Full-day Tours
  • Bus & Minivan Tours
  • Walking Tours

Time of Tour
  • Departure at: 7:43 AM
  • Duration: 9 hrs

Additional
  • Price per person: $46.55
  • Size: 1 - 10 people
  • Discount: 0%
  • Languages: English - Guide

Inclusion
  • Hotel Pick-Up and Drop Off (if you select this option).
    Professional guide

Exclusion
  • Gratuities.
    Food and drink

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

Otavalo, Cotacachi and Cuicocha Tour With Optional Hotel Pick-Up - "Small Group"

Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Fabrica de Bizcochos de Don Pedro., Bolivar y J.Montalvo, Cayambe 170202 Ecuador

Known for its delicious “Bizcochos de Cayambe”, a type of cracker or bread baked in a clay oven (greatly paired with local cheese or caramel sauce).

Duration: 15 minutes

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

One of the most spectacular artisanal markets in all of South America.

The activity of the Plaza de Ponchos is aimed at the commercialization of various handicrafts, both local, regional, national and international. The artisanal production representative of the fair are the Otavalo textiles, there is also artisanal production in clay, paint, wood, jewelery, goldsmith's, saddlery, marzipan, ceramics, etc.

Duration: 1 hour 45 minutes

Stop At: Peguches'art, Unnamed Road, Otavalo, Ecuador

An andean instrument workshop "Ñanda Mañachi" located in the area of Peguche, to spend some special moments with the local people and understand the Andean culture.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Laguna Cuicocha, Cotacachi 100450 Ecuador

This lagoon rests in a volcanic caldera in the foothills of the Cotacachi volcano and its waters change in hue according to the sun and its two islets composed of lava and volcanic rock.

Duration: 1 hour

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Additional Information

Confirmation will be received at time of booking.
Not wheelchair accessible.
Near public transportation.
Infants must sit on laps.
Optional pick-up and drop-off from selected hotels at an additional cost..
Most travelers can participate.
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers.
Face masks required for travelers in public areas.
Face masks required for guides in public areas.
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.
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons.
• The activities will not exceed 6 people per group. • The capacity of the means of transport will be reduced to 25% of their maximum capacity. • In the monuments, museums or attractions, the capacity will be reduced to 30% of its maximum capacity.

Reviews

5.0 stars, based on 26 reviews
Ned
Ned

I thought the market will not have as much sellers, as I went on a Tuesday (which is a non-peak day), but it seemed complete with not so many buyers. Perfect if you want to avoid the stress of an over-crowded area! 🙂 Cotocachi was fantastic which even had a short yet scenic hike! Thanks Heidi for being a wonderful guide!

31/01/2020
Allison L
Allison L

This tour was great! We got to visit a musician and all of the instruments he made. We also was able to visit the Otavalo market where we were able to buy goods made by the indigenous people of the area. Our tour guide, Juan David, was excellent and knowledgeable. Due to the diversity of the group, Juan had to converse in Spanish and English for the entire tour.

There was one woman who was very demanding of Juan's time during the tour. He was very patient in answering all of her multiple questions with a smile, even though the rest of us were getting annoyed with her. He showed a lot of class and patience.

The only negative was the lunch. It was just average. We had eaten very, very good food during our trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos and this lunch was only so-so. Sad it was our last meal before we left for home. I can't remember the name of the restaurant, but it was Italian.

Other than the meal, this tour was very educational and fun.

03/07/2019
Mabel Irene C
Mabel Irene C

What a fun trip! It was like getting 4 or more mini trips all in one. The guide was fantastic!Thank you tour operators with coordinating with our hotel for pickup.

08/10/2018
markp305
markp305

Recommend

30/06/2018
Paul D
Paul D

Loved our time at the Otavalo Market! Bought gifts for stocking stuffers this holiday season!

24/11/2017
Ann F
Ann F

The weather and sights are amazing in June. This is a full day. The street market in Otavalo was colorful and fun. Quite a contrast to the leather town of Cototaxi. The lunch spot was an authentic Ecuadoran restaurant filled with locals, delicious and a good value.

20/06/2017
Albert P
Albert P

Excellent tour...William our English guide was very informed of the people's, cultures and area...we learned a lot about Ecuador..well worth the price..unbelievable sized market with foods and handcrafted items..a must see..

25/02/2017
johnlill54
johnlill54

We enjoyed the day driving through the countryside. Our guide was very good, explaining the local customs. We stopped at a fruit stand to sample local fruits, stopped at three different places along the way to Otavalo to see the views and sample biscottis and were serenaded on the bus by a young woman singing native songs. Our time at the Otavalo market was sufficient to do our browsing. We then stopped at a weaving shop where they demonstrated the use of old hand operated looms and had a wonderful selection of woven items for sale. We drove on to the town of Cotacachi for lunch and leather shopping before returning to Quito.

18/10/2016
huppmeister
huppmeister

Juan was a great tour leader. I really enjoyed the tour and beautiful scenery. The day was a lot of fun

30/03/2016
michael a
michael a

Exceeded expectations in every way - enjoyable, informative and a day well spent.

07/03/2016
floridaeyesurgeon
floridaeyesurgeon

My wife and I really enjoyed this trip. The market was very interesting with great crafts and food. We would have liked more time there but we also enjoyed going to the Leather shops later that day.

05/02/2016
karen n
karen n

great day out of the city, really loved the visit to the shaman's house

11/01/2016
Rhiannon F
Rhiannon F

The tour was great- lots to do in a day but definitely get your money's worth!

09/01/2016
L K D
L K D

Our guide Maria was excellent especially since she had to say everything twice spanish and English. We were given plenty of time to roam free around the market.

29/08/2015
gabymansour32
gabymansour32

because of the guide Wilson.......simply fabulous

14/02/2015
Ed D
Ed D

GREAT TOUR AND VERY INFORMATIVE GUIDE. MY ONLY RECOMMENDATION IS FOR THE GUIDE TO LEARN MORE ENGLISH SPEAKING SKILLS.

04/02/2015
Frank D
Frank D

What an experience! Otavalo was incredible. The optional lunch in Cocapache was an excellent addition and Wilson was a good guide. be careful though, while they say they stop at Mitad al Mundo, it is not the place with the monument but a different location where the road crosses the equator.

02/12/2014
Grims
Grims

We were very pleased with the organization of the tour. Our guide Wilson was one of the best guides we came across in SouthAmerica, and the driver was calm when faced with mega traffic at times. The food at the chosen restaurant was of a good standard. We were given enough time at each location and enough tips and knowledge to make our way on our own when we felt like it. We definitely recommend this tour and this guide.

05/08/2014
Dianekay10
Dianekay10

Had a great time - travel host as well as driver were awesome. We saw everything and more of what we originally thought we would see.

02/08/2014
Jacques G
Jacques G

A great tour. Our guide, Gabriel, was informative and mindful of the group's needs. He provided assistance whenever required and was always engaged and enthusiastic.

29/06/2014
ngoc thuy d
ngoc thuy d

excellent.

19/04/2014
Joy A
Joy A

Fantastic all day tour.Tour of of the rose green house where they export roses was great.We bought items at Otavalo market.Great trip.

25/02/2014
ldellal
ldellal

The market was great, lots of nice things to buy for yourself and for gifts. Also interesting to meet Kichwa girls and hear them singing songs and explaining their dress. Other stops included a beautiful view of a volcano and lake, and Cotacachi for lunch and leather shops. Driving in the Andes you get some great views as well.

21/01/2014
Michael R
Michael R

This was the highlight of our Quito trip, I literally shopped till I dropped. Bring an extra suitcase so you can carry all your handmade bargains back home. The Ecuardorian lunch was excellent, and our tour guide William Torres exceptional. He even took us to the Equator and we did a muscle test, Wow!

07/01/2014
Bandit
Bandit
Great tour and day trip from Quito! Otavalo is a fascinating city and the market is well worth the visit. You can find some great deals here and it's all done locally by traditional Ecuadorian / Quechua families. If you have a day to spare, I'd recommend!
01/10/2013
Kirk L
Kirk L

Estaban was an excellent guide. He made all the directions very clear and he kept tabs on everyone so they would all be at the right places at the right time. I was sick on the day my Otavalo trip was scheduled for (Saturday Market) so they allowed me to use my voucher to go on the same tour the following Tuesday. I did have a BIG problem discussing this change, however, because NO ONE AT THE TOUR OFFICE seemed to speak English. I would think an English speaking comapny like GreyLine would have English speaking phone answerers, but NO! My hotel desk clerk did his best to translate, but an easy change became an ALL DAY problem to try to solve on the phone. Tour great! Office staff zip!

01/08/2013
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