in Via Quito y 12 de Febreo (Barrio 9 de Octubre), Eloy Alfaro 33-33 y calle Jose Correa, Atrás estadio Olímpico Atahualpa, Sebastian Quintero N37-12 Y Jose Correa, Back Of Estadio Olimpico Atahualpa, Quito, Ecuador

Private Full-Day Trip to Otavalo and Its Surroundings from Quito


Via Quito y 12 de Febreo (Barrio 9 de Octubre), Eloy Alfaro 33-33 y calle Jose Correa, Atrás estadio Olímpico Atahualpa, Sebastian Quintero N37-12 Y Jose Correa, Back Of Estadio Olimpico Atahualpa, Quito, Ecuador

99.87 USD

2 - 15

9 hrs


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Overview
  • This magical province of Imbabura is surrounded by lakes, is cradle of artists, histories and living pre-Inca cultures. Otavalo is a small town and symbolic from this province,also world-famous for its indigenous population which are travelling around the world selling their fine hand-made colourful textiles, hats, Indian jewellery, ponchos, or performing with Andean Folk music groups.
    It has about 50.000 inhabitants and the city is considered the economically most successful indigenous group of Latin America.

    Today, you will visit the textile market (bigger on Wednesdays and Saturdays) but open 7 days a week! You will also have the opportunity to visit the fruit market and surrounding artisan villages with your own private guide. Depending on the time, you will also visit Cuicocha crater lake for a short hike or just enjoy the wonderful viewpoint.

Location
  • Around:
    • Via Quito y 12 de Febreo (Barrio 9 de Octubre)
    • Eloy Alfaro 33-33 y calle Jose Correa, Atrás estadio Olímpico Atahualpa
    • Sebastian Quintero N37-12 Y Jose Correa, Back Of Estadio Olimpico Atahualpa
    • Quito, Ecuador
  • Pickup: Traveler pickup is offered
    Departure Point: Pickup at you hotel in Quito
    Return point: Drop-off at your hotel in Quito


Categories
  • Cultural Tours
  • Historical & Heritage Tours
  • Day Trips
  • Private Day Trips
  • Private Sightseeing Tours
  • Full-day Tours
  • Bus & Minivan Tours

Time of Tour
  • Departure at: 8:00 AM
  • Duration: 9 hrs

Additional
  • Price per person: $99.87
  • Size: 2 - 15 people
  • Discount: 0%
  • Languages: English - Guide

Inclusion
  • Private transportation.
    English speaking guide.
    Hotel pickup and drop-off

Exclusion
  • Activities not mentioned.
    Personal expenses.
    Lunch (on request).
    Tips (optional)

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

Private Full-Day Trip to Otavalo and Its Surroundings from Quito

You will be picked up from your hotel in Quito before heading towards Imbabura known as "The Province of the Lakes". The highway offers a lovely view passing through Calderón and Guayllabamba valleys.

There will be a short stop here to get to know more about the local culture. Passing through Cayambe you can see the amazing snow-capped volcano (5,790m.), the world's highest point crossed by the Equator Line. This small town is also famous for its salt biscuits with "leaf cheese" and "manjar".

You can make a stop here to try this delicacy, before continuing to the Imbabura province, named after the Imbabura Volcano. Here you we  head to the largest lake in Ecuador, the San Pablo. Afterwards you will enter Otavalo City that holds an Indian Market every day, the biggest are on Wednesdays and Saturdays. This market is an ancient tradition and cultural exchange site among the Otavalo community. Furthermore, you will visit the peaceful Cotacachi Village, famous for its leather, and meet the local craftsmen.

Finally, after a visit to the charming Cuicocha Crater Lake you will head back to Quito in the late afternoon.

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Additional Information

Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability.
Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level.
Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Things to bring: Sun block, raincoat (or umbrella), camera, sun glasses.
A minimum of 2 people per booking is required.
This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Reviews

5.0 stars, based on 12 reviews
Wilson T
Wilson T

Our guide Lorena was wonderful..we both recommend her highly.
she was very knowledgeable and went out of her way to make this trip a memorable experience!

13/03/2020
crmmj1
crmmj1

Marco was the perfect guide. He tailored our experience. The ride was wonderful. Fully recommend. Otovalo was the destination, but the journey was even better.

17/02/2020
Shelly S
Shelly S

Without a doubt one of the best day tours from Quito which provided some great travel experiences and memories!

Our group of four were picked up promptly at 9am from the hotel in Quito and warmly welcomed by guide Ivon for a private day tour. We felt genuinely welcomed and Ivon created such a friendly atmosphere that made for a fantastic start!

We truly enjoyed visiting Cayambe (The Quitsato Sundial/ La Mitad Del Mundo), exploring the Otavalo market (Don't be hesitant to bargain), eating lunch with our guide at an authentic Ecuadorian restaurant, visiting a local food market (where our group purchased delicious local fruits and veggies) and hiking to Pechuge Falls. The scenery was beautiful and we loved seeing the local communities of Ecuador. This day tour was fantastic and we loved the itinerary flexibility to visit some more local locations…for that Ivon deserves special thanks! Highly recommend this great day trip!

06/01/2020
Cyndi H
Cyndi H

Our trip to the Otavalo indigenous market was terrific. Our guide, who was right on time was very polite and extremely knowledgeable, took us to several places. We visited Cayambe on the way to Otavalo, spent some time in the Otavalo market, visited the beautiful waterfall in Peguche, and also went to the 'leather city' Cotacachi. He drove well and shared so much knowledge with us. Raul did a marvelous job. I would recommend this tour to anyone if you are in Quito. Don't miss the Otavalo area in the Imbaburra province, you will miss a lot.

30/09/2019
Ruben G
Ruben G

Great tour, expert guide

05/03/2018
ttcdp
ttcdp

What a great day!!! Cristian picked us up promptly at 9:00 and off we went our our day trip to Otavalo. On our way there, we made a stop at a restaurant that serves yummy breakfast treats called Bizcochos! Wow!!! They were delicious and he took us towards the backof the restaurant and were able to see how they were made. From there we went to Otavalo and made our way through the markets, So much fun. After shopping, Cristian suggested a great place for lunch and then shopping in the leather markets. It was a great day from beginning to end and enjoyed our time with Cristian. He was professional and knowledgable about the area. Fun, fun day!!!

16/10/2017
alangwilson52
alangwilson52

Excellent trip. Good guide. Well worth doing. Thanks

28/08/2017
EDGAR C
EDGAR C

Aside from the already established spots in our itinerary, Fernando, our guide, took into consideration our personal needs such as my wife's motion sickness and my need to take that Instagram worthy picture. Fernando was also quick to think of alternative routes while still visiting each stop in our itinerary keeping in mind that this is a holiday weekend in Ecuador. Recommended!

16/08/2017
steve k
steve k

Our guide,Fernando was great. He is very friendly and knowledgeable. We really enjoyed the day . We appreciate his flexibility to make our tour memorable for us.

02/08/2017
arw
arw

We thoroughly enjoyed the day with our guide Mauro. He is a wealth of knowledge of all things Ecuadorean and gave us options of where we could go, how to barter and what to do/not do at the market. Unfortunately we only had 40 minutes after lunch to shop at Cotacachi. Would gladly have gone hungry.

09/06/2017
Lisa H
Lisa H

This was our first trip to Quito and we only had two full days before heading to the Galapagos Islands. This was a great tour and Fernando, our guide, was wonderful. His english was great and he was very helpful all along the way. He adjusted the tour to fit our requests we added Mitad Del Mundo - Middle of the World at the Equator and was with us every step of the way, even after a cross-country bike race caused traffic and delayed things 1 1/2 hours. He translated for us and made bargaining easier! I would recommend this tour for anyone wanting a day trip to see many interesting cultural and beautiful sites. He also suggested places in Quito and told us what to expect at the airport when going to the Galapagos Islands.

10/05/2017
vitocasella1
vitocasella1

We loved our tour guide, Diego we learned much about the culture of Ecuador. He is extremely knowledgeable and was sensitive to our needs. He even researched vegetarian restaurants with us and made sure that we had the best food. He let us take our time shopping in the Otavalo market. He was always sensitive to our needs and happiness. He is AWESOME!!!

31/01/2017
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