“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.
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.
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Private services with local English-speaking guide
Services and entrance fees as detailed in the itinerary
This was a wonderful trip for anyone Who loves nature, plants, and birds. Sealife. I did not have high expectations as I let my sister make all the bookings as this was her bucket list trip. The catamaran was clean and accommodating for two people l. I loved its many power outlets and a small vanity outside the water closet for hair care.
The trip was great and everything was organized very well. I really appreciate your excellent help with planning our little adventure. If we decide to go back to Galapagos, I will definitely contact you again.
Our trip was enriched by the expertise of the naturalists on board. Their depth of knowledge was impressive. The food was delectable, and special events were organized to encourage interaction among passengers. We learned much during our journey, especially conservation efforts.