Full Day Tour departing from Quito

“Start this day travelling through a highway with spellbinding mountain scenery until you finally reach a special area of Ecuador that offers plenty of opportunities to learn more about tradition and culture of the Quichua communities who have settled here.”

Ancient woven techniques, new scents and flavors coming from the richest local traditions and unique hand-craft products will awaken all your senses.
One of the highlights of this journey is the famous Otavalo Market. The marketplace dates back to pre-Inca times and will invite you to appreciate different textiles, woolen goods, tapestries and many more fine examples of craftsmanship strongly attached to their ways of life and ancestral roots.

On the way to Otavalo, you’ll stop for the famous Ecuadorian “bizcochos” in the Cayambe area, named after the nearby volcano of the same name. The bizcochos are a flaky and buttery biscuit accompanied by locally made mozzarella cheese and a cozy cup of hot chocolate or coffee that will fill your soul with delight. Following this stop, an explosion of color will surprise you at one of the famous Rose Plantations visited. Here you can learn about how roses are one of the leading exports of Ecuador and how these beautiful flowers are bred and grown. You’ll realize why they are so captivating, as each color and type of rose has a story, while discovering how the conditions of high altitude and Ecuador’s position on the equator allows the country to grow the most exquisite roses, exported to many parts of the world as a luxury item.

Lunch will have you tasting traditional dishes and local ingredients in a cozy atmosphere where the Quichua women will help you understand their weaving techniques and explain how they use natural materials and native plants. It is a wonderful opportunity to grasp many of their customs including the typical dress of Otavaleños, their cooking methods, music and dance, which are part of the great mosaic of indigenous culture in the Andes. Finally, you’ll arrive at the well-known Plaza de los Ponchos where you can feel the vibrant energy of an authentic indigenous market and the talented craftspeople who make it possible. The delicate embroidered blouses and shirts, beautifully carved figures, paintings, colorful tapestries, and the warmest and brightest alpaca sweaters, ponchos, and much more will amaze you! Otavaleños are very friendly, always with a smile on their face and will be happy to answer any questions you have about their handiwork.

Otavalo Indigenous Market

Prices 2023

Prices per Person

Number of Guests Price
1 Guest
USD 311.00
2 Guests
USD 182.00
3-5 Guests
USD 143.00
6-9 Guests
USD 103.00
10-16 Guests
USD 88.00


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

  • Permanent assistance by our operations department


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

  • Tips

What our customers say


We had a wonderful time in the Galapagos and are recommending it to our friends.

March 2023
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Robyn & Frank Brasell

Dear Gabriela and a special hello to Tannya,

We are having a most interesting trip and we are very happy! The Galapagos was a wonderful experience. Our guide Federico was great and so knowledgeable. It was also interesting to talk to him about his family and life growing up and living on the islands. We really recommend him as a guide. Geovanny also – a lovely smiling gentleman !
All our meetings at airports, the ferry and the arrangements at the hotels are excellent.We were not expecting such luxury with the hotels !! Thank you for all these arrangements.

We met Javier last night and we are ready for our extensive tours in Guayaquil. Thank you for your thoughtful note of welcome , Tannya and for the lovely gifts!

We will certainly recommend Columbus Travel – and also the whole experience of Ecuador

Sincere regards
Robyn and Frank

Robyn & Frank Brasell
September 2023Read more “Robyn & Frank Brasell”


How much you enjoy your Galapagos adventure is going to be the quality of the boat and crew. In my case, working with Pablo Rea of Columbus Travel both were excellent. The guide was very knowledgeable, the crew were very helpful. They were always cleaning, and preparing for the next Zodiac excursion. All of the meals were very good and plentiful. The Galapagos is one of the top 10 destinations in the world, Do not miss it

July 2020
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Fantastic trip; a great tour guide and driver. Accommodations were excellent and very unique. The food options were delightful. I would highly recommend Columbus Travel.

Belinda M
Jun, 2020

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