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Otavalo Overnight

Duration
2 Days
Prices From:
US$ 898

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$ 898

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Day 1

Quito to Zuleta

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).

In the afternoon you'll drive to the Cotacachi-Cayapas Ecological Reserve for a visit to the interpretation center and an outstanding view of the Cuicocha lagoon, a deep-blue crater lake on the lower southern flanks of Mount Cotacachi. After your hike, you will stop at the picturesque colonial town of Cotacachi, famous for its leatherwork.

Meal Plan Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Hacienda Zuleta

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    Hacienda Zuleta


    Dating from the late XVI century, our Ecuadorian Hotel lies in the spectacular Andean mountain range of Ecuador at 9,600 feet (2,800 meters) above the sea level, and only two hours north of Quito, the capital of Ecuador. Zuleta is a colonial working farm of …

    Dating from the late XVI century, our Ecuadorian Hotel lies in the spectacular Andean mountain range of Ecuador at 9,600 feet (2,800 meters) above the sea level, and only two hours north of Quito, the capital of Ecuador.

    Zuleta is a colonial working farm of 4,000 acres (2,000 hectares) that belongs to the family of Mr. Galo Plaza lasso, a former president of Ecuador, for more than 100 years. It was chosen as one of the world's "Top Ten Finds" by Outside magazine and named as one of the best Ecuador Hotel by National Geographic Traveler. Hacienda Zuleta offers a great variety of activities and places to visit to its guests. With horseback riding in Ecuador being our specialty, we also offer mountain bikes and a horse drawn carriage for trips on hacienda grounds to observe the milking, the agriculture, mountain views and the tranquil life of the community. Guest can also visit our Condor Andes rehabilitation program "Condor Huasi Project" that works for the rehabilitation of the majestic Andean Condor.

    The Plaza family with his natural warmth and hospitality welcomes you to their country house and invites you to share life at an authentic hacienda in the Andes of Ecuador.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Child Friendly
    • Laundry Service
    • Restaurant

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Day 2

Zuleta to Quito

Today you will hike around one hour to the hacienda's condor reintroduction project, stopping along the way to see some pre-Inca mounds. After the visit, you will hike back to the hacienda to visit the cheese factory and embroidery workshop.

At the Zuleta hacienda, once home of an Ecuadorian President, you will hike for two hours in the spectacular Andean mountain scenery to the hacienda's condor reintroduction project, stopping along the way to see some pre-Inca mounds. The hacienda is a 4,000-acre working hacienda with general agriculture, forestation and dairy farming operations. The remainder of the day is free to relax or visit the beautiful grounds of the hacienda.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch

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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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