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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
From $96.00
 
"Private Full-Day Tour to Cochasqui
Otavalo and Peguche""Private Full-Day Tour to Cochasqui Otavalo and Peguche form Quito""The tour starts with a pickup at your hotel. From here we departure to the northern province of Imbabura.The first stop is at the Cochasqui Archeological site to visit the Museum of Quitu-Cara pre-Inca culture where we can find 15 pyramids! We will do a walking excursion in the site to know more about the ceremonial pyramids and traditions. The we will transfer to Otavalo town where we will visit the world famous indigenous market! We will walk around the market where you will find a lot of colorful handicrafts and art products made by local indigenous artists. Here you will have time for lunch (not included).After Otavalo we will transfer to the Peguche Waterfall
From $238.00

More General in Otavalo

Go the day before market day and stay over

We took the bus to Otavalo the day before market day, so the bus was very quiet and so was the market, which gave us time to buy the stuff we wanted (at lower prices than on market day). The actual...
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BE001903
Jul 19, 2008

Cock Fight!

We stumbled upon this cockfight on our way out of Otavalo. We had passed "the venue" earlier, but some guy was charging a cover charge, so we ignored it. On our way back, however, there was no one at...
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jujub
Oct 09, 2005

Staying in Peguche

Our hotel was in Peguche, a small village besides Otavalo. It takes about a small hour to reach Peguche from the centre of Otavalo. And it is easy to find, just follow the train tracks.As you can see...
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filipdebont
Jan 11, 2004

Main Plaza

After walking around for a few hours at the local markets and in the streets of Otavalo, it was great to sit down on a bench for 15 minutes and to take a small rest break.Like this it was also great...
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filipdebont
Jan 10, 2004

Local Children

Well, people who have already visited some of my travel pages will know it. One of my preferred photograph objects are children.As to me Children always have some spontaneity, they have something...
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filipdebont
Jan 02, 2004

Local Dress Code

Also visiting a local market is kind of ideal to observe how the locals dress up.And the advantage of visiting such a market is that this is not a tourist attraction point. What I mean is that the...
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filipdebont
Jan 02, 2004
 
 
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Family life

To me, visiting a local market is the best way to see the locals in their daily life. You can see the locals selling animals, vegetables or clothing. Also you can learn a lot on local vegetables. And...
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filipdebont
Jan 02, 2004

Local people

The local people are called Otavalenos.In contrast with low social position of most Indians, this group is economical and social very appreciated.Because of this appreciation, they managed to get some...
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Dec 28, 2003

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Top Things to Do in Otavalo

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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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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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What to Wear

Although we're only about two hour from the capital city of Quito, I noticed that since we're on the mountains I've seen young and older Ecuadorian wearing this stuff to keep warm. I don't like the...
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Solar Clock

To get here is easy if you join the tour to Otavalo this is a common stop before heading to Otavalo market. Day trips from Quito is widely offer we pay 45$ per person to visit Otavalo market with...
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Mira Lago

The Lago Mira is right next to a Hat Factory, you're likely walked through a souvenir shop to get the viewpoint. There wasn't much to see on the lake because this was distantly from where the view...
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Laguna Cuicocha

Cuicocha Lake is about half hour drive from Otavalo I don't think the public bus pass this way I only see tour buses coming this place, we joined the groups and the lagoon is included in our...
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"Saturday Market in Otavalo"
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malianrob

"Otavalo"
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"To market, to market ..."
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"Otavalo"
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"Market day in Otavalo"
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