Early this morning, we will be driven to the North of Quito, along the Pan-American Highway , with an overall view of the dramatic Andean scenery, our trip start through in Calderón, a town where the famous bread-dough figures are created. Our next stop is Cayambe just to taste the local specialty, “Bizcochos”, prior to arriving at the Province of lakes. At the entrance of Otavalo and at the skirts of the Imbabura volcano you can see the magnify Saint Pablo Lake, we will have here a short time to take a nice photos of this amazing view.
Then, proceed to Peguche, an Indian village very near Otavalo that is home to the artisans who do the weaving in their homes; guests can learn about their culture and everyday life.
Immediately, continue to Otavalo the most famous indigenous market and the largest in South America. Arrive just in time to bargain for beautiful and colorful tapestries, native paintings, hand-knitted wool sweaters, wood carvings, silver jewelry, woolen and straw hats. The Otavalo Indian market dates back to pre-Inca times and is famous for its textiles woven on back strap and shuttle looms. You will have time to visit this colorful market and stroll along the narrow cobblestone streets filled with Otavalo Indians wearing blue ponchos, white trousers and long braided hair.
After a delicious lunch in one of the local haciendas, visit Cotocachi, a town famous for its handmade leather clothing. If time allows, a quick visit to Cuicocha Lake (An ancient eroded volcanic crater famous for the deep lake found within.) Time for shopping and come back to Quito.
DURATION: 10 hours
- Private English speaking guide
- Private transportation
- Visit to the main tourist sites in this tour.
- Beverages, tips and personal expenses
- Otavalo Market
- Beautiful lakes views