This day trip from Quito takes you to two Ecuadorian cities famous for their handicrafts: Otavalo and Cotacachi. Explore the indigenous markets and learn the ancient secrets of leatherworking.
Otavalo & Cotacachi Markets Tour Itinerary
After being picked up from your hotel, you'll leave Quito behind and head north on the Pan-American Highway, reaching Cayambe, an Andean province nestled in the valley and surrounded by high mountains.
You'll make a stop along your route to taste traditional Ecuadorian bizcocho de Cayambe, wood-oven baked pastries accompanied by a mozzarella-style soft cheese or dulce de leche - a delicious treat!
With happy taste buds, your trip will continue, stopping at the "Miralago" viewpoint, from which you'll enjoy incredible panoramic views over San Pablo Lake, the Imbabura volcano, and the surrounding villages.
The tour will then arrive at Otavalo, a city famous worldwide for its indigenous market. Here, you'll be offered the option between staying and spending the rest of your day in Otavalo or continuing on the route to Cotacachi. If you remain in Otavalo, you'll be able to explore the city at your own pace, discovering its amazing cultural diversity and losing yourself in the vibrant Plaza de los Ponchos, also known as the Mercado de Otavalo.
If you prefer to visit Cotacachi, you'll make a stop along the route to visit a traditional workshop in Peguche where Andean musical instruments are made. You'll be left speechless by the sheer number of handcrafted wind, string and percussion instruments that decorate the walls.
Having arrived in Cotacachi, you'll have free time to have lunch, visit the town, and explore its fascinating leather and wool shops. Discover the great importance of leatherwork for the Ecuadorian economy.
After visiting Cotacachi, you'll return to Otavalo to pick up those who stayed behind. The bus will wait at the arranged meeting point ready for the return to hotels in Quito.
Lunch in Cotacachi
If you'd prefer not to worry about finding your own lunch, and you'd like to enjoy the best of the local Ecuadorian cuisine, why not reserve the tour with lunch included? This option is only valid for visitors who do the full tour, as the meal is served in a typical restaurant in Cotacachi. The menu includes soup, a main meal and a soft drink or water.
Hotel pick up
This tour includes a pick up and drop off service for the main hotels in Quito: Sheraton, Dann Carlton, NH Collection, Swissotel, Holiday Inn, Mercure Alameda, Reina Isabel, Nu House, J.W. Marriott, Howard Johnson and Hilton.
If your hotel is not listed above, or you would prefer to head to the meet point of your own accord, please make your own way to the HOTEL KAIA (located at Valladolid N24-742 and Julio Zaldumbide).
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Excursion to Otavalo and Cotacachi
Per personUS$ 55
Excursion to Otavalo and Cotacachi + Lunch
Per personUS$ 79
The tour includes an English speaking guide, but the tour can sometimes be carried out in two languages.
Hotel pick up and drop off.
English speaking guide.
Tasting of bizcochos de Cayambe.
Visit to Peguche traditional instrument making workshop.
Visit to Cotacachi (optional).
Lunch in a local restaurant in Cotacachi (optional).
When to book?
Book as soon as possible to guarantee availability, especially during public holidays and festivities.
You can book up until the same day (5:45 AM local time) if there are still places available.
Once your booking has been confirmed, you will receive an email containing your booking voucher. Please print it out or download on your smartphone/tablet to show on the day of the activity.
Frequently asked questions
Q - How to book?
A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.