• Markets and Culture Tour
  • Andes Paramo Lagoons
  • Markets and Culture Tour, Quilotoa Volcano
  • Andes Paramo Landscape
  • Markets and Culture Tour, Otavalo handcrafts
  • Cuicocha Lagoon
  • Markets and Culture Tour, Shopping in Otavalo
  • Handcrafts Market
  • Markets and Culture Tour, Otavalo market
  • Otavalo Animals Market
  • Markets and Culture Tour, Indian handcrafts
  • Otavalo Market
  • Peguche Waterfall

Indigenous Markets & Culture

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Otavalo is one of the largest, most colourful and important markets in the whole of Latin America – as well as bargaining for an array of touristic handcrafts checkout the hustle and bustle of the local animal market where livestock and llamas are traded (Saturdays only).

A visit to the small surrounding indigenous communities also offers a fascinating insight into what is a totally different way of life and culture.

A great combination of bargain hunting, colourful handcrafts, local indigenous culture and pretty surrounding countryside.

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Indigenous Markets & Culture
Day Activities Meals
1 Otavalo Market - our driver will pick you up at your Quito hotel in the morning to transfer you north to Otavalo (approx 2 hour journey). You have a full day to explore the Otavalo market perusing for bargains – the handicraft market is open every day of the week, but the animal market is only open on Saturdays. Overnight and free time to relax at Otavalo. -
2 Indigenous communities – a fascinating day visiting some of the small indian villages surrounding Otavalo. During the trip you can typically see locals making handicrafts, playing Andean musical instruments, and weaving traditional shawls. You will also visit the Peguche Waterfall - a sacred site where the locals take their energizing ritual baths during the festival of the sun god and the lake of Cuicocha. Overnight at Otavalo. B
3 Lakes & return to Quito – A full morning to visit the local lakes of Mojanda and Fuya Fuya - areas of unique natural beauty and tranquillity. For the active you can trek up to the peak of Fuya Fuya for fabulous views of the lakes below and surrounding countryside. If you do not fancy the trek then gentler walking is also possible with nice lake views. Return to Quito in the afternoon. B

This program can be adapted to your personal needs - just let our sales team know of any changes you would like to make, and they will be happy to help!

Past Clients Feedback

"The highlight for us was the community visit where the local people were so friendly and kind. The activities were very varied and kept us interested and busy throughout." (Mark Plummer, UK)


AVAILABILITY: This tour is available throughout the year.

START DATES: flexible to start on any day of the week that you prefer to travel.

Prices (per person)

2 $495 Regular / $650 Comfort Request this Tour
3 $435 Regular / $585 Comfort Request this Tour
4 $410 Regular / $530 Comfort Request this Tour
5 $395 Regular / $525 Comfort Request this Tour
6 or more $385 Regular / $520 Comfort Request this Tour


  • Accommodation in double rooms. Triple rooms are also available should a group of odd-numbered passengers wish to avoid paying a single supplement.
  • Transfers with local driver (with pickup / dropoff at Quito city hotel)
  • Meals as listed in itinerary
  • Activities as listed in itinerary
  • English-speaking guide for all activities


  • International flights
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
  • Meals not listed as part of itinerary
  • Local entry fees
  • Single supplement (applies for a single room for somebody travelling within a group). If you are travelling alone then please ask our staff for a solo traveller price quote.
  • Pickup / dropoff at airport or in Quito valley area (this service costs extra)