Otavalo Indigenous Market Tour with Foodie Stops and Lunch at an Hacienda

Quito, Ecuador

Experience Rating
    
icon10 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English and 2 more
Overview

You can relax and have a great time on this tour to Otavalo. You will make stops at great foodie sites, check out a beautiful lake, visit the Quitsato sundial, have a great cup of Ecuadorian coffee, savor some tasty bizcochos and string cheese, have the best slice of pie in Ecuador, enjoy a great lunch at a traditional hacienda and shop till you drop at the renowned Otavalo Indigenous marketplace. It´s all about having fun, eating great food and enjoying life as a local in Ecuador.

Private transportation
Certified Bilingual Guide
A bag of bizcochos
A fantastic cup of coffee
And the best slice of pie in Ecuador
Entrance Fees
Personal Expenses and Souvenirs
Tips for the guide/driver
Extra activities not mentioned on the itinerary
Lunch at the hacienda

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
We pick up from hotels in urban Quito and close to the Tababela Quito airport. For pick-up in the Valley of Los Chillos an extra $20 USD per group will be charged.

Airports

  • Mariscal Sucre Airport, Quito Ecuador


Itinerary
Stop At:  
Fabrica de Bizcochos de Don Pedro.
One of our first stops on the tour is the lovely city of Cayambe. You will get to drive by the unique city center and plazas as you make your way to the best Bizcocho (biscuits) and String Cheese factory in Ecuador. The bizcochos are made fresh and from scratch every day. You get to see them being made and placed in the traditional ovens. These bizcochos are very tasty and combined with the string cheese make a delicious morning snack. You can also savor the dulce de leche (caramel) and have a quick cup of coffee or chocolate milk. This stop is the perfect cure for morning sluggishness.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Quitsato
The first stop we make on the way to Cayambe is at the Quitsato Sundial. The Quitsato Sundial is a cultural-tourist site located on the Equator, close to Cayambe. Its main goal is to share crucial aspects of the astronomical knowledge of the prehispanic cultures of the region. Great place to take some pics and right next to the site you can visit the Velez Coffee factory where you can find some of the best coffee Ecuador has to offer.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Plaza De Los Ponchos Mercado
Once we arrive at Otavalo we will head to the renowned Plaza de Los Ponchos. The indigenous Otavalo people are famous for weaving textiles, usually made of wool, which are sold at the famous market. Saturdays see the market expand throughout the city but any other day you will find vendors and stands at the Mercado de Los Ponchos. The shops sell textiles such as handmade blankets, tablecloths, handicrafts, paintings, and much more. The Otavalo market consists of mushroom-shaped concrete umbrellas with benches. The market was designed and built-in 1970 by Dutch architect Tonny Zwollo. During the market's peak, almost one-third of the town becomes full of stalls selling textiles, tagua nut jewelry, musical instruments, dream catchers, leather goods, fake shrunken heads, indigenous costumes, hand-painted platters and trays, purses, clothing, spices, raw foods and spools of wool. I love the Otavalo market, you can always find something interesting or quirky to take back home as souvenirs or to decorate your home.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Hacienda Pinsaqui
For lunch you will head to a historic hacienda. Hacienda Pinsaqui is a perfectly preserved hacienda where you will learn about legends and ghost stories and a little bit of Ecuadorian history. Disconnecting from the hustle and bustle and taking in yesteryear vibes and sights is amazing. You get to have a traditional lunch at the hacienda and time to wonder around.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

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