Full day north of Quito, GORGEOUS, extremely interesting!
This is the most famous of the indian markets in South America, and the reason is its people. Otavaleños are very well-known all over the world for their crafts, culture and music. I take you beyond their market to discover their fascinating traditions. Use my Nikon binoculars to get up close to beautiful scenery and wildlife. We can tour a rose farm, difficult to gain entrance but I can, that produces 40, 000 per day for export as well as a beautifully done, large (think eagles and condors) bird sanctuary where, weather permitting, you can watch them released to fly out of sight over gorgeous mountain scenery and, amazingly, return. We will also shop the large indian market, visit a weaving cottage, a musical instrument making cottage and a neighboring town famous for its leather. This is a very interesting, beautiful, day trip. We can lunch at a variety of places ranging from old haciendas to beautiful lake front restaurants to locals' places for $5.
This tour can be for up to 10 people - see below
Hotel pick up
Stop en route at the only REAL mark of the equator line in the country where a solar dial gives the exact time.
Were you ever curious where the most and best roses in the world grow? In Ecuador! You can visit a rose farm and learn first hand the whole process before they get to your flower vase.
Have fun bargaining with the Otavaleños in their colorful indian market also known as "plaza de ponchos"
Explore this beautiful region of Ecuador and visit Peguche to see its weavers and musicians and Cotacachi, famous for its leather products.
You can visit a wonderful Andean bird aviary where you may see large birds released to fly out over beautiful mountains and, amazingly, return
You can have lunch at a beautiful, relaxing, mountain backdropped, lakefront restaurant or old hacienda or locals' restaurant
The route to and from Otavalo is beautiful, scenic and interesting
Return to your hotel.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: At the lobby of your hotel
End location: At the lobby of your hotel
Duration: 8 hours
It can be more or less time, depending on people's interests.
Transportation for up to 10 people included in appropriately sized large SUV, touring van or small bus with professional driver required by law. The vehicle will be sized for your comfort
Vivian as your tour guide
$222 with Vivian driving her SUV for up to 3 people; HOWEVER, on highway to Otavalo, for safety, NOT RECOMMENDED she drive. We should use a professional driver paying attention to the road at all times and thus the $333 price.
For up to 10 people at the same $333 price, comfortable, safe, quality, commercially licensed, professional driver and SUV or touring van or small bus transportation appropriately sized for your group. Because of traffic safety concerns I do not normally drive this trip instead using a professional paying 100% attention to the road.
This is a gorgeous trip!
Estimated Local Cash Needed
25 US dollars - Roughly $25 per person for lunch ($5 to $25 depending on you)
Rose farm entrance fee, $25per person + $12.50 group fee
Middle of World entrance fee $5 per person
Bird show entrance fee, $3.50 per person
Lunch, shopping, and personal expenses
Middle of the World entrance fee
Rose farm entrance fee
Entrance fee to big, Andean bird sanctuary (think CONDORS, EAGLES)
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Fun to stand on the actual equator! And we loved the rose farm visit....it was fascinating and so beautiful! Vivian gave us so much wonderful information about the history, politics and culture of Ecuador...she has studied so much to be able to do this really well, and we so appreciated all the fascinating facts. She is amazing. We aren't shoppers, so Otavalo was not our favorite, but the scenery around there is beautiful.