Ecuador and Galapagos Travel
  • 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

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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ITINERARY
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 hours 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 freetime 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 tranquility. Return to Quito in the afternoon. B

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)

Prices (per person)

# OF PASSENGERS 2014 PRICE
2 $405 Regular / $485 Comfort
3 $350 Regular / $430 Comfort
4 $300 Regular / $390 Comfort
5 $290 Regular / $380 Comfort
6 or more $265 Regular / $355 Comfort

Inclusions:

  • 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

Exclusions:

  • 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)