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Otavalo Overnight

Duration
2 Days
Prices From:
US$ 764

Just north of one of Ecuador’s most famous markets, Hacienda Pinsqui is a gorgeous 200 year old property in the country’s great outdoors, and a unique addition to any Ecuador tour.


This overnight stay at Hacienda Pinsaqui is ideal for anyone looking to enjoy more of this beautiful part of Ecuador. The Hacienda is ideally located for exploring the mountainous countryside, while each of the thirty suites contains its own private fireplace for an evening in. On your second day, visit Cotacachi, a town renowned for its high quality leather goods, where you can pick up some unique souvenirs.


 

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Duration
2 Days
Prices From:
US$ 764

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Day 1

Quito to Otavalo

On this day you will visit the Quitsato Sundial, a cultural-tourist area located on the equatorial line near the Cayambe volcano, where you will learn about the astronomical knowledge of the region's pre-Hispanic cultures.

You will then head to the town of Otavalo, either on foot (a recommended one hour hike on a back road or a ten minute drive). This is truly one of the most interesting towns in Ecuador, where the local Kichwa indigenous culture is not only plainly visible, but in the ascendency.

The town's famous craft market is one of the most visited sites in Ecuador, and with good reason. The market is filled with interesting colourful and sometimes rare objects and crafts. Do remember to bargain, but only if you're interested! The market is held every day on one of the town squares at the foot of the majestic Mt. Imbabura. And to help you navigate the market, you will be given a short explanation of the market and provided with a map of the area.

As part of your day at the market you will visit the workshop of Master weaver Miguel Andrango, in the village of Agato. Miguel's art has taken him abroad, mainly to exhibitions and fairs in the United States where the quality of his work is widely acknowledged. In the small store in the courtyard of his Tawantinsuyo workshop, the walls are covered with bright designs, most with an indigenous motif; the designs are based on Inca patterns but are the work of Miguel and his family. The workshop uses only pure wool and Alpaca; the weavers card and spin it themselves and then dye it with natural inks made from mosses (for yellow) or seeds such as 'Achiote' (for red).

Meal Plan Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
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Hacienda Pinsaqui

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    Hacienda Pinsaqui



    The Hacienda Pinsaqui is located in the heart of Ecuador's lake district and is ideally situated at the base of Imbabura Volcano, just north of the world-famous Otavalo market. The Hacienda retains the character and authenticity of the1790's making it a unique travel experience. The ...

    The Hacienda Pinsaqui is located in the heart of Ecuador's lake district and is ideally situated at the base of Imbabura Volcano, just north of the world-famous Otavalo market. The Hacienda retains the character and authenticity of the1790's making it a unique travel experience. The hotel boasts 30 suites with private baths and fireplaces. The 200 year old grounds with ponds, palms, walks, and roaming llamas are an ideal base for outdoor pursuits, relaxation, antiques, and handicrafts.

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Day 2

Otavalo to Quito

Today you will drive to the Cotacachi-Cayapas Ecological Reserve for a three hour hike at Lake Cuicocha, a deep-blue crater lake on the lower southern flanks of Mount Cotacachi. You will enjoy more views of the surrounding volcanoes Cayambe, Imbabura and Cuicocha while learning about the local flora and fauna. For bird watchers there will be the chance to see ruddy ducks, giant hummingbirds, silvery grebes, and more.

After the hike you will stop at the picturesque colonial town of Cotacachi, famous for its leather work before we head back to your hotel.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch

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PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Transport,
  • Accommodation,
  • 1 lunch
  • Tour to Cotacachi

PRICE EXCLUDES:

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

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

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.

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18 Jun 2020

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