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Otavalo Overnight

Duration
2 Days
Prices From:
US$ 691

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$ 691

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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 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 and provided with a map of the area. As part of your day, 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).

In the afternoon, you will drive to the Cotacachi-Cayapas Ecological Reserve for a visit to the Interpretation Center and an outstanding view of 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.

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 Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Las Palmeras Inn

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    Las Palmeras Inn



    This 150 year-old farmhouse is tucked in a lush mountain valley less than 2 hours from Quito. It features a garden, volleyball and football courts, and free private parking. Las Palmeras Inn is in 7-minute drive from Plaza de Ponchos Square, an 8-minute drive from …

    This 150 year-old farmhouse is tucked in a lush mountain valley less than 2 hours from Quito. It features a garden, volleyball and football courts, and free private parking.

    Las Palmeras Inn is in 7-minute drive from Plaza de Ponchos Square, an 8-minute drive from Otavalo Bus Terminal, and a 10-minute drive from Cascada de Peguche Waterfalls.

    Facilities

    • Airport Shuttle (Surcharge)
    • Bicycle hire
    • Business Centre
    • Designated Smoking Area
    • Dry Cleaning
    • Express Check In/Out
    • Fax/Photocopying
    • Ironing Service
    • Laundry

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Day 2

Otavalo to Quito

Today you will set out on a unique journey through spectacular Andean landscapes to the Afro Ecuadorian Community of Salinas where you will discover colourful murals commemorating the history and culture of Afro-Ecuadorian people. Visit its museums and enterprises and enjoy the local cuisine on a trip full of memorable experiences.

After lunch and this immersive cultural experience, you head back to Quito.

Meal Plan Lunch

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DEPARTURES:

Daily

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Bilingual naturalist guide
  • Private transportation
  • 1 night accommodation
  • Entrance fees
  • Meals as indicated

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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