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Private Tour: Otavalo and Cotacachi Day Trip from Quito
"You will be picked up from your Quito hotel at 8am and depart for Otavalo by way of the Pan-Americana Highway. There will be a brief stop in Guayllabamba where you can taste the chirimoya (custard apple) fruit that is typical of the area. You will also v the oldest estate in Ecuador before stopping at Mira Lago a San Pablo viewpoint. After photographing the beautiful San Pablo Lake you will continue to Otavalo where the indigenous Otavalo people develop their textiles.Visit the Otavalo market known for its bustling Saturday market and offerings of various wares. While Saturday is the most famous market there is plenty else available throughout the week in the plaza as well as the local shops. There will be a stop for lunch before continuing to Cotacachi an artisan city renown for its leather shops. After you have experienced the diverse textiles and leather products of the region
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Otavalo Indigenous Market Day Trip from Quito
"Your tour begins with early morning pickup from your hotel or accommodation in Quito. From there you will drive in a private vehicle to Otavalo and its marketplace and learn all about the culture and community. Driving there we can admire the gorgeous scenery and the Andes mountain range. On the way we will stop at San Pablo lake and head to the viewpoint to take some pictures and where we will try some delicious biscochos (local traditional buttery cookies). Once we will reach Otavalo you and your private guide will walk through the market to see the different stands and local people. Otavalo is one of most visited indigenous market filled with rich in traditions and customs. As you walk you will admire the multicolored handcrafts and souvenirs and purchase some if you'd like. You will also learn about indigenous weaving workshops as you visit one. You will enjoy lunch (included if option selected) and then visit Cotacachi famous for its leather goods before heading back to Quito. Places to visit in this trip- Animal Market ( agree with customers by leaving from Quito at 7:00)- San Pablo´s Lake- Peguche workshop- Otavalo Market- Cotacachi or Cui
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Otavalo Day Trip from Quito: Craft Market and Parque Condor
"Meet your guide at a central meeting point in Quito and begin the 2-hour drive through the highlands of Imbabura province in northern Ecuador. Learn about its capital Otavalo and the resident Otavaleños a prosperous indigenous group. You’ll make stops at a number of sites just outside of Otavalo before concluding your experience at the town's sprawling handicraft market.Stretch your legs at San Pablo Lake (Lago San Pablo) which sits at the base of the dormant Imbabura Volcano at an elevation of 8000 feet (2
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People and traditional clothing

I haven't noticed what's on the feet of indigenous people until I've seen this sandals in the market, it came up to me I thought is a Japanese slippers, so funny. We pass to a stall with pile sandals...
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Local Meat

I have fun watching them, it looks yummy but we had just breakfast. The food section is also very busy I mostly see locals. Tourist wasn't around here they are concentrating in handicrafts. I see a...
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Queso de Hoja

The area around Cayambe is noted for its dairy products including its cheeses. It is called by many American tourists the Wisconsin of Ecuador. I tried the queso de hoja (leaf cheese). I wasn't keen...
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Nov 20, 2007

Tree Tomatoes

At the Café de Cayambe, they offered me a tomato juice, but they told me it was sweet. I was mentally prepared for the savoury tomato juice to which I am accustomed. They explained later that it was a...
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Nov 20, 2007

Cuy

Well, I finally did it, folks- I tried the "cuy" (guinea pig, for those from Roxboro). I want to thank Fernando for telling me about this delicacy. I must admit that even on the eve of my trip to...
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Nov 19, 2007

Woodworking

Hand-carved woodwork is very common in northern Ecuador. There are many shops, particularly in the village of San Antonio (no, there is not a little Alamo here) that feature nothing but this type of...
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Nov 19, 2007
 
 
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Top Things to Do in Provincia de Imbabura

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Otavalo market - souvenirs

Another beautifully goods to find in Otavalo market is the impressive display of blankets, rugs, wall decorations, table cloth and so on in amazing designs and colors. Prices are not display, but...
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Parque La Merced

Parque La Merced is one of the big squares in Ibarra. It was constructed during the 19th century and it is a typical square with lawns, flowers and trees, walkways, some benches and a statue in the...
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The Leather Market

Cotacachi is famous for its leather which I didn't know if our guide did not telling us. If you roamed in town, sooner or later you'll passed the leather market. I'm not intend of buying just curious...
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Estación Hoja Blanca

About halfway between Ibarra and Salinas the tourist train stops at a small station called Hoja Blanca. I have read that the purpose of the train stopping here is for tourists to buy handicraft and to...
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Indigenous market

Otavalo is the commercial center of the economically successful Otavalenos, an Indian nation that did everything possible to preserve its own culture. However, the majority of the inhabitants of the...
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Paragliding

Fly Ecuador is a company based in Ibarra that organize paragliding courses and tandem flights. Before going to Ibarra I was in contact with the manager Jorge both via email and by phone. He was in...
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