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Highlights of the Andes | Otavalo Market & Surroundings

Latin Adventures
4.7 . Excellent
92%
Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
3 days
From: $ 260 $ 87 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Discover Quito
  • Experience Otavalo, indigenous people rich in traditions and customs
  • Explore Condor Park is a wildlife rehabilitation
  • Visit Interpretation Center we will prepare our stuffs for a nice 5 hours hiking

Short Description

This 3 day package brings you from Quito, capital of Ecuador to one of the biggest indigenous market in South America. Travel along the Andean Mountains and admire the beauty of ecuadorian highlands. The 3 day exploration of Otavalo village and its the picturesque valley of landscapes. Our guide is at your disposal for the whole 3 day trip to give you maximum flexibility in the visits that you would like to make. As Otavalo is famous for its textiles, many of the nearby villages and towns are famous for their own particular crafts. Cotacachi, for example, is the center of Ecuador’s leather industry. in San Antonio, where the local specialty is wood carving, the main street prominently displays carved statues, picture frames and furniture.

Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Trip Type Private Guided
Off the beaten track trips will stretch your comfort zone. They don't always feature tourist highlights, but dive deeper into local life and culture.
Itinerary Focus Off the Beaten Path
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Quito
End City Quito

Trip Includes

  • Adventure program in private tour
  • Accommodation in selected hotels
  • Private transportation
  • English - Spanish speaking certified guide
  • All activities as mentioned
  • Entrances fee in Condor Park, Cuicocha Lake
  • Native guide for hike
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

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Itinerary

Day 1: San Pablo´s Lake – Peguche Village – Waterfall

Accommodation: La Posada del Quinde

Overnight in Otavalo.

Departure early in the morning from your hotel in Quito. We will take the north Pan-American up to our first stop in San Pablo lake, where you will enjoy of a nice view of the volcano and the lake. Then we will visit an indigenous weaving worshop in Peguche. We also will know the natives from Otavalo, indigenous people rich in traditions and customs that permit the tourists enjoy the typical, multicolored handcrafts. After lunch, we will visit an indigenous family that will show us how to make Andean music instruments and how to play them. Finally, short walk to the Peguche waterfall. This sacred waterfall is the site of an annual bathing ritual during the summer solstice festival of Inti Raymi.

Day 2: Cuicocha Lake – Hike – Interpretation Center

Accommodation: La Posada del Quinde

Overnight in Cotacachi

Breakfast and we will head up to Cuicocha lagoon (Guinea Pig Lagoon). After a short visit in the Interpretation Center we will prepare our stuffs for a nice 5 hours hiking around the lagoon. In the afternoon you will enjoy of the hotel facilities or just walk around..

Date 3: Condor Park – Yahuarcocha Lake – Quito

Breakfast and we will head up to Yahuarcocha Lagoon (in quechua means yaguar = blood and cucha = lagoon) Apparently this was the location where two indigenous tribes fought a very bloody battle. (The Caranquis and the Incas). It was so bloody in fact that the water turned red for days because of all the blood shed. Then, we will go to the Condor Park. The Parque Condor is a wildlife rehabilitation center and refuge on the outskirts of Otavalo. Finally, return to Quito. End of the tour.

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Price Per Day: $ 87 per day
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Average 0
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Value
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Guide
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Activities
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Lodging
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Transportation
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Meals
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Highlights of the Andes | Otavalo Market & Surroundings

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Incredible experience with wonderful guides and breath-taking scenery.

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Value4.0
Guide5.0
Activities5.0
Lodging4.0
Transportation4.0
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At first I was unsure about doing a tour here in Ecuador, but after my experience with Latin Adventures I can´t believe I hesitated! This is easily one of the best tours I´ve had the pleasure of doing. The town of Otavalo is lively and very pretty. There are indigenous handicrafts in every corner, all beautifully made. The highlight of this tour was La Laguna Cuicocha. One of the most beautiful landscapes I´ve experienced without a doubt. The hike around the lagoon is not difficult, just a little long. Absolutely worth it though for the views and the wildlife.

I highly recommended anyone considering doing a tour to go through Latin Adventures. They were kind, professional, and always willing to go the extra mile.
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Optional Activities

Optional (Available upon request)

  • Vegetarian meals or preferences
  • Airport transfer service
  • Extension programs in the Andes or Amazon Jungle packages

Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Private - your group only

Trip ID#:

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Trip Excludes

  • Personal expenses
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Activities not specified in the program
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Tips

Meals Included:

1 Breakfast and 2 Lunches

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