Otavalo Market is unbelievably colorful and lively
Duration: 2 days
2+ Passengers: $525
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Travel through the lush highlands of Ecuador to an Andean valley to visit the world-famous Otavalo textile market. Bargain for colorful weavings and tapestries to forever remind you of this ancient culture. A local family performs a private weaving demonstration, showing how they preserve the traditional craft of their ancestors. Spend the night in a comfortable hacienda. On this fabulous Ecuador tour, you will visit small villages, meet expert craftsmen and visit Ecuador's most beautiful lake. This is a market tour rich with Ecuadorian culture and stunning Andean scenery.
Otavalo Market Tour Itinerary
Day 1 QUITO - OTAVALO
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Travel north from Quito to Calderon, famous for its figures made by hand from bread dough. The destination is the Awakening Valley, home of the Otavaleños. Here, take ample time to shop the famous Otavalo market, with its colorful textiles, paintings, ceramics, jewelry, tapestries and more, all at bargain prices. Visit the village of Peguche, where wool tapestries are made, and San Antonio de Ibarra, known for its woodcarvings. Spend the night at a charming hacienda. (B,L,D)
Here, take ample time to shop the famous Otavalo market, with its colorful textiles, paintings, ceramics, jewelry, tapestries and more, all at bargain prices. Visit the village of Peguche, where wool tapestries are made, and San Antonio de Ibarra, known for its woodcarvings. Spend the night at a charming hacienda. (B,L,D)
Day 2 OTAVALO - QUITO
Take a morning drive to the sparkling waters of Cuicocha Lake where you'll hike around this flooded volcanic crater and its floating twin islets. Along the lake, is a beautiful species of orchid that grows only at this altitude (10.562 ft). On the way back, you'll visit Cotacachi, famous for its handmade leather goods. There, buy leather clothing direct from local designers. Finally, stop at Lluman, a town of shamans. Make a late afternoon return to Quito, marking an end of Southern Explorations services, or add an extra night to enjoy more of Quito. (B)
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