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Otavalo: Ecuador's Indigenous World

3 Days
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US$ 981

Travel north on the Pan-American Highway to Otavalo, the largely Indigenous town that’s famous for its woven textiles. Explore the town’s highlights, focusing on the marketplace in Plaza de Ponchos, where merchants sell their bright rugs and shawls. You’ll also admire nearby waterfalls and eco-reserves as you explore the countryside.

This 3-day Ecuador vacation takes you to Otavalo, the colourful market town where Indigenous Ecuador thrives.

Your Ecuador tour begins in the capital, Quito, a colonial treasure that sits at the centre of the world. From Quito, head on the Pan-American Highway to Otavalo, following the traditional pathways that have guided merchants for hundreds of years. Home to some of the most gorgeous textiles in the world, Otavalo is the cultural capital of Ecuador’s Indigenous population. You’ll visit the textile market in the Plaza de Ponchos, which is the most prosperous and famous Indigenous market on the continent. Test your bargaining abilities and meet local merchants as you buy some brightly-coloured rugs and shawls. Wind your way throughout town and meet small communities of farmers, ranchers, and craftspeople. Continue to the sacred waterfall near Peguche before closing out your day with a hike to Agato, where you’ll be hosted by a large family of traditional weavers. The next day, head back to Quito, passing through the Cotacachi-Cayapas Ecological Reserve to admire breathtaking views of the Cuicocha Lagoon and see the colonial town of Cotacachi.

This Ecuador vacation is a great add-on to a longer journey to Ecuador or a larger South American tour.


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3 Days
Prices From:
US$ 981

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Day 1

Quito to Otavalo

Mid-morning, you will be transferred from Quito to Otavalo. On arrival you have time to wander the streets and enjoy the fresh Andean air.

Duration2 Nights

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    Casa Mojanda

    Built in the early 1990's and opened in 1995, Casa Mojanda operates on a firm commitment to the principles and practices of ecological tourism and it was designed to have a minimally intrusive impact on our local ecosystem and culture.

    Built in the early 1990's and opened in 1995, Casa Mojanda operates on a firm commitment to the principles and practices of ecological tourism and it was designed to have a minimally intrusive impact on our local ecosystem and culture.

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Day 2

Cultural Immersion in Otavalo

After breakfast - start the adventure!

Head to Mojanda community on traditional pathways that connect to the town of Otavalo and make a stop at the food market. What better way to understand a culture than by learning about their food! Here you will explore the market and learn about the different crops that are produced in the surrounding farmlands. The expert guides will inspire you with information on the colorful, tasteful fruits and vegetables while interacting with the "caseras" or locals.

From the food market, head into the heart of the bustling city market - Plaza de Ponchos, the biggest and most prosperous Indian market in all of Latin America and famous for its handicrafts. Our expert recommendation is to wander and explore the market at your own pace, interact with the locals, test your bargaining skills and get a feel for a typical Andean market. Your guides will be on hand to assist you if needed.

After Otavalo, you will then travel back in time to the small communities that surround this big busy commercial town and whose farmers, ranchers and craftspeople make the Otavalo market what it is.

Explore the community of Peguche and then continue along the path to a beautiful 50 ft. (18 m) waterfall which is also an Indigenous Ceremonial Site due to purification bathing held here a couple days prior the Inti Raymi (Sun God) celebration.

Then the hike continue to the town of Agato where you will be hosted by an incredible family that preserves the tradition of weaving on a backstrap loom. Sadly, this art form is slowly dying so be inspired and help us support the conservation of this art! The quality of the items produced at the workshop is clearly superior to many of the machine-woven products you may find in the market and your purchase goes direct into the efforts of this community to revive this ancient art.

Return to your hotel early evening.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 3

Otavalo to Quito

After breakfast, you will drive to the Cotacachi-Cayapas Ecological Reserve for a visit to the Interpretation Center and a nice view of Cuicocha lagoon, a deep-blue crater lake on the lower southern flanks of Mount Cotacachi. After the hike, stop at the picturesque colonial town of Cotacachi, famous for its leatherwork and some last-minute shopping and lunch before heading back to Quito.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch

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  • Transfer to and from Otavalo
  •  Local touring as listed
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • English speaking guides
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary


  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes unless specifically indicated
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature


Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.


17 Dec 2020

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