Northern Markets Private Tour from Quito


Tour Number

Activity Level



Shopping, Museums / Culture, Local Experience, Day Trip / Out of Town


Kid Friendly: Yes.

Friendly: No.

Maximum travelers: 3



English (fluent), Portuguese (conversational), Spanish (fluent)

Otavalo, Cotacachi, San Antonio markets

A tour focused on visiting three markets north from Quito.
Each one of these different from each other. Otavalo and its textile market, Cotacachi and its leather market and San Antonio and its wood carvers.
A full day enjoying the northern landscapes and learning the culture of the region.


We depart from Quito towards Otavalo Market. On route we will stop in the middle of the world and the solar watch called "Quitsato". We will arrive to Otavalo and visit the textile market known as "Plaza de Ponchos" where you will have time for shopping. Remember, locals will always give you a higher price so don't forget to bargain with them, it is part of the experience.
After shopping we will continue to Cotacachi town and its leather market. Amazing goods like jackets, belts, purses and shoes made of leather and at a very low cost. Lunch in the town.
After lunch we will drive to San Antonio where we will be able to visit artisans with an amazing skill in making wooden carvings and sculptures. Return to Quito.
It is possible to change San antonio for a visit to Cuicocha crater lake.

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: Hotel in Quito

End location: Hotel in Quito

Duration: 10 hours


Medium SUV, air-conditioned, with capacity for 3 people.

What’s Included

Other: Private Transportation from and to hotel, car expenses and guiding.

Estimated Local Cash Needed

20 Usd - Estimated price for lunch and entrance fees. (please note that the guide's lunch must be cover by the client)

What’s Extra

Other: For shooping in the markets it is recommended an estimated 100 usd cash and creddit card

A Recent Review of this tour

David is an outstanding tour guide. He is extremely knowledgeable about Ecuador's history, it's people, and it's birds, cloud forests, animals, and all other nature subjects. He was punctual, gave options of things to see and do, and he also a very nice guy to spend time with. I had three different tours with him, Quito and two day trips to other parts of the country for markets, coffee and chocolate tours, bird and butterfly areas, and much more. Each of the three days was great.
Paul Denenfeld

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