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Otavalo is a small city of about 50.000 inhabitants it lies at 8.300 ft above sea level in a spring-like valley, situaded between the imbabura volcano (15.118 feet) and the Cotacachi volcano (16.200 feet). The most famous indigenous market in Ecuador is heald here.
Although the market is bigger on Saturdays, you can visit it any day and find an impressive variety of all kinds of Ecuadorian handicrafts. At dawn you may see indigenous people arriving the market place from many mountain trails surrounding the city.
The indigenous outdoor markets of Ecuador are one of the best examples of its cultural wealth, diversity and joy of the country.
These are places where you can encounter indigenous peasants and artisans meeting to trade food, animals, tools and fabrics by means of typical bargaining.
During this time socializing is more important than making a good deal. The most significant markets take place on Saturdays and Wednesday.

TOURS
 
1 DAY TOURS FROM QUITO
 
 
GALLERY
       
HANDICRAFTS
 
 
LAKE CUICOCHA
 
MARKETS
 
       


RATES 2009
 
TOUR
SIB
PRIVATE
TIME
PRICE
WITH LUNCH
WITHOUT LUNCH
OTAVALO MARKET Tuesday and Saturday
Daily
08 hours
0
USD 48,99
OTAVALO MARKET AND LAKES
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Daily
2 Days SuperiorCateg.
USD 448
FIrst Categ. USD 500
NOTE:
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  • SIB: shared services in English - Spanish
  • Multi-Days tours prices per person double room accomodattion. Meals included as specified .Please contact us for details or changes
  • Entrances to National Parks, churches, museums, skylift , etc are not included
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OTAVALO MARKET
     
OTAVALO MARKET
 
SIB: Tuesday and Saturday
Private: Daily

Departure from Quito through The Panamericana North Highway with a brief stop at Calderon, a town where the famous "masapan" dolls are made.
If timing allows us we will stop at the highway's mirador to admire and take pictures of the beautiful landscape and snow caped mountains of the zone.
Crossing the equatorial line at Guachala (used to be the middle of the world monument) we will head up to Otavalo and make a stop at Mira Lago to take pictures of the beautiful San Pablo Lake.


 
Without lunch $48.99
With lunch $65,00
 

The tour then continues to Otavalo where the Otavaleños (natives) set up a market in which a bartering manner of shopping is taken. The market hosts a variety of different handcrafted items.
Continuing the trip, we will go to Cotacachi, famous for its leather articlas, and where lunch can be taken. Finally we will go to Peguche, small village known for its waterfalls and wind instruments fabrics.
Return to Quito through the Cajas-Tabacundo road

Included:
Bilingual guide
Not Included: Lunch, Beverages alcoholic and non alcoholic, Optional services




OTAVALO MARKETPLACE &LAKES (2 days)
     
 
Superior Category $448,00
First Category $500,00
 
 
EXCURSION TO OTAVALO AND THE LAKES (2days)
Private: Daily
Minimun 02 pax in double room

Departure from Quito through the Panamericana North, visit to the town of Calderon with its typical "masapan" handicrafts.

Brief stop at Cayambe, famous for its "biscochos" (salted biscuits), and then arrival to Otavalo where you will visit its Indian market, full of Ecuador's typical handicrafts.

In the afternoon you will visit the town of Cotacachi where you will find leather goods followed by a visit to the Cuicocha Lake.

On the next day breakfast will be served and you will continue to the town of San Antonio de Ibarra, typical because of their wood sculpture.
And later you will visit the Yahuarcocha lake and Peguche City where you will enjoy seing the sacred waterfalls and how the indigenous make their weaving

Included:
Bilingual guide, Tipical Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Accomodation.
Not Included: Beverages alcoholic and non alcoholic, Optional services



 
 
 
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