OTAVALO MARKET & CUICOCHA LAGOON TOUR

2-day tour departing from Quito

“A very special tour designed with a perfect blend of traditions, arts, colors and ancient flavors awaits you.”

In the Imbabura province you’ll find the perfect place to get in touch with the richness of local Quichua culture. Not only will you marvel at their array of arts and crafts, but also at their beautifully made native garments, authentic cuisine and also at the warmth kept in each smile they offer. They’ll invite you to join them in their amazing world, blending into the market and their traditional ways. While you are in this area, take advantage of the sublime beauty of the landscapes full of mountains, hills, lakes and mysterious waterfalls that will recount interesting tales and legends of ancient knowledge.

2 Days Otavalo & Cuicocha Lagoon

ITINERARY

Begin the day travelling through beautiful mountain sceneries with farmlands and forests, looking like quilt work in the valleys and hills, until finally you reach your destination in Otavalo. An opportunity awaits to admire the looms of the locals, an activity with deep roots to indigenous cultures of the Andes. Each woven product tells a story that will be told for many more centuries, thanks to each generation of weavers.
Another highlight is the marketplace, dating back to pre-Inca times. You can appreciate the different textiles, colors, woolen goods, tapestries and other fine examples of craftsmanship strongly attached to ancestral roots. Lunch will be served at one of the most beautiful and oldest haciendas in the area. Try dishes that blend both local and international flavors and afterwards, there is no better way to have a good night’s rest than in a comfortable and charismatic hotel, amidst the magical town of Otavalo.

Prepare yourself for an outstanding experience with breathtaking views of mountains and lakes as soon as you step foot onto the edge of Cuicocha Lagoon. This 3km wide crater was formed after a huge eruption of the Cotacachi Volcano thousands of years ago. The surroundings will fill your eyes with vivid flora, colorful grass and the most incredible turquoise waters around two uninhabited islands breaking the surface in the middle of the lagoon. Afterwards, you will visit the town of Cotacachi, a hidden gem found between farmlands, permeated by the smell of the finest leather coming from the many workshops and high-quality leather goods you will find. This town has been making leather products for hundreds of years as the dozens of cattle and dairy farms around have always been a primary source of rawhides. After a nice stroll in this warm town, a delicious lunch will be served at another alluring hacienda, as a final taste of all that involves this amazing culture.

Prices 2022

Prices Per Person

HOTEL ACCOMMODATION LUXURY FIRST STANDARD
1 Guest
USD 944.00
USD 865.00 USD 795.00
2 Guests
USD 539.00
USD 507.00 USD 463.00
3-5 Guests
USD 451.00
USD 418.00 USD 374.00
6-9 Guests
USD 360.00
USD 328.00 USD 284.00
10-16 Guests
USD 326.00
USD 294.00 USD 250.00
Single Supplement
USD 117.00
USD 74.00 USD 44.00

INCLUDED:

  • Private services with local English-speaking guide
  • Services and entrance fees as detailed in the itinerary
  • Meals detailed in the itinerary

  • Permanent assistance by our operations department

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Meals and services not mentioned in the program
  • Personal expenses

  • Tips

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What our customers say

Dear Gabriela,
Good Morning.

My husband Pradip, Vajarias and I want to thank you for organizing our fantastic trip to Peru.

All the tour guides and the transfers were very smooth. Hotels were excellent. All the tour guides organized were very well informed and in Cusco our tour guide helped us to get to the airport safely when there was a transportation strike.

We had amazing experience in Amazon at Refugio Amazonas lodge too.

Thanks again.
Alka Amin

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Alka Amin, USA, May 2018

Dear Veronica,

My husband Pradip, Vajarias and I want to thank you for organizing our fantastic trip to Peru.

All the tour guides and the transfers were very smooth. Hotels were excellent. All the tour guides organized were very well informed and in Cusco our tour guide helped us to get to the airport safely when there was a transportation strike.

We had amazing experience in Amazon at Refugio Amazonas lodge too.

Thanks again.
Alka Amin

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Mario Antonio, UK, May 2019