Otavalo one of the first artisanal indigenous markets in Ecuador.
The indigenous Otavalo people are famous for weaving textile usually made of wool, which are sold in the ponchos Market. The Otavalo market consists of mushroom-shaped concrete umbrellas with benches. During the market's peak, almost one third of the town becomes full of stalls selling textiles, tagua nut jewelry, musical instruments, dream catchers, leather goods, fake shrunken heads, indigenous costumes, hand-painted platters and trays, purses, clothing, spices, raw foods and spools of wool.
Otavalo was an area made up principally of farming communities due to the rich volcanic soils in this area.
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.
After picking you up at the hotel, we will take the Pan-American Highway to go to the north of the country, our first stop is miralago, from this place we can see San Pablo lagoon and the Imbabura volcano, then we will go to the market of ponchos in Otavalo where the artisanal work of the indigenous Otavaleños is exposed, in this place you can find tapestries, woolen sacks, embroidered blouses, bags, etc. , undoubtedly the ideal time to make your purchases then we will go to the Peguche waterfall, we will also visit the village of cotacachi site of leather crafts, after a delicious lunch we will have time to appreciate the skill of the craftsmen in the confection of jackets, wallets and other things in leather. Returning to Quito we will stop to try an exquisite chocolate with the traditional biscuits and leaf cheese.
Meeting Point + Tour Duration
Meeting Point Options: Hotel
Duration: 8 hours
The car is modern, very comfortable, with Air Conditioned Suzuki SZ, SUV. For 3 people comfortable. (maximum 4 a bit tight).
Estimated Local Cash Needed
20 USD - Lunch. Private purchases
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The trip was excellent. We stopped for delicious coffee or hot chocolate, and then to view the volcano and beautiful lake at a lovely lakeside resort. In Otavalo, he oriented us to the outdoor market and patiently helped me instruct a booth owner how to modify earrings I wanted. After a delicious lunch in Cotacachi, he took us to his favorite leather shops. In between he had interesting insights into the cultures and institutions of Ecuador. By the end of the tour, we were parting with a friend.