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OTAVALO - 1 DAY - Ecuador


Location: Otavalo
Starting / Ending Point: Your accommodation in Quito

Otavalo is a largely indigenous town in the Imbabura Province of Ecuador with about 50,000 inhabitants. The indigenous Otavaleños are famous for weaving textiles, usually made of wool which are sold at the famous Saturday market. Although the largest market is on Saturday, there is a very wide range of wares available throughout the week in the Plaza de los Ponchos.

It is a beautiful trip to Otavalo, with – if you are lucky - a overwhelming view of several volcanoes: the Cotopaxi, the Anti Sana and the Cayambe; in good weather you can see their beautiful peaks. Along the way you will make a stop first at the well known Bizocochos factory in Cayambe: a biscuit factory where they make the in Ecuador famous bizochos cookies. Just before arriving in Otavalo, we will make another stop, this time at the Condor project, headed by a Dutchman.

Close to Otavalo, you will see two other volcanoes: the Imbabura and the Cotacachi. According to the indigenous people, the Imbabura is the father (‘taita’) and the Cotacachi the mother (‘mama’). And if the Cotacachi is snowy in the morning, taita has visited her the night before.

Once arrived in Otavalo, the driver will bring you to the market at Plaza de Ponchos. Here you can gaze at all the crafts sold at this square. There are plenty of souvenirs, but be sure to bargain about 25% of the price!

The driver will have arranged a time with you to meet him again at the same point to return to Quito.


*If you prefer to go on your own to Otavalo, we can book a transfer for you from your accommodation in Quito to the central bus terminal (one-way), from where you will take the bus to Otavalo. Price for the bus is $4 per person for a single trip to Otavalo.

* If you want to visit Otavalo on a Saturday just for the market, you can choose to skip the stops at the Bizcoches factory and the Condor project, so you can join the animal market.

1 Day

Al year-excursion.


When choosing private transport:

  1. transfer from Quito to Otavalo (round trip)
  2. a visit to the Bizcochos factory
  3. a visit to the Condor project
  4. a visit to the market at Plaza de Ponchos

When choosing the public transport option:

  1. transfer from your accommodation in Quito to the bus station (one-way)


  1. Meals
  2. Entrance Condor project ($ 3,50 p.p.)

Please for price quotation and further information.

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