Full-Day Tour Otavalo Market, Peguche Workshops and Cuicocha Lake from Quito

Quito, Ecuador

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icon9 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more
Overview

Shop for one-of-a-kind souvenirs at an indigenous market and enjoy gorgeous scenery during this 8-hour trip to Otavalo Market from Quito. This fascinating market features a wealth of hand-made creations produced by local Andean communities, including textiles, leather goods and more. Enjoy sublime views of the Andes Mountains and San Pablo Lake during your drive to the site before hunting for souvenirs. On your way home, you can choose to visit Cotacachi, an artisan town famous for its leather goods, or Cuicocha Lake. Your shopping and scenery trip includes a guide, entrance fees, a snack, round-trip hotel transport and an upgrade with lunch.
  • Visit the indigenous market at Otavalo on a day trip from Quito
  • Shop for crafts like textiles and leather goods hand-made by local Andean communities
  • Enjoy gorgeous scenery of the Andes and San Pablo Lake en route to the market
  • Make an optional visit to the artisan town of Cotacachi on your way back to Quito
  • Includes biscocho (cookies) snack and an optional lunch upgrade

Lunch (if option selected) in Cotacachi Village
Bizcochos (typical local cookies)
Certified English speaking guide / driver
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Transport by private vehicle
Activities described in the program
Hotel pick up / drop off hotels outside of Quito
Personal expenses
Tips

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Hotels pick up/drop off outside of the city have an extra charge

Departure Time

8:00 AM

Times are subject to change due to local traffic conditions.

Itinerary
Stop At:  
Otavalo Market
The Otavalo Market, which makes this market town famous, is undoubtedly one of the most important and spectacular markets in all of Latin America. The Otavalo market is attractive to visitors for both its outstanding shopping and its cultural significance. Local people use market day much the way their ancestors did during Ecuador’s pre-Colombian history. The Otavalo market is a fascinating way to experience traditional Ecuadorian culture and the traditions of the Andes.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Cuicocha Lake
It is a 3 km (2 mi) wide caldera and crater lake at the foot of Cotacachi Volcano in the Cordillera Occidental of the Ecuadorian Andes. Its name comes from the Kichwa indigenous language and means "Lago del Cuy" or Guinea Pig Laguna in English. It was given this name due to the guinea pig shape of the largest Island in the middle of the laguna. These animals play a significant part in the everyday life of Ecuadorians
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Cascada de Peguche
Located in Peguche community, just 5 minutes northwest of the town of Otavalo. Peguche Waterfall is a beautiful waterfall of 18 m in height, formed by the river of the same name, which starts at Lake San Pablo. The waterfall is one of the most important tourist attractions of Otavalo. Because of its proximity and easy access, several tourists and visitors come to the sector to meet and enjoy a unique landscape.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Lunch (if not selected) we will recommend good options
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers

Cancellation policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.Learn more about cancellations.
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