Otavalo Marketplace and Cotacachi Town from Quito

Quito, Ecuador

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icon7 to 8 hours  (Approx.)
Pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English and 1 more
Overview

No trip to Ecuador is complete without visiting Otavalo Marketplace, the largest indigenous market in South America. On this 8-hour tour from Quito, you’ll tick off top Ecuador attractions such as the Cayambe Volcano, Cuicocha Lake (Laguna Cuicocha, and the traditional town of Calderon. Spend free time exploring Otavalo Market and return home with unique souvenirs. Lunch is included.
  • 8-hour tour of Otovalo Marketplace, Cayambe Volcano, and Cuicocha Lake (Laguna Cuicocha from Quito
  • Ideal for first-time visitors to Quito
  • Admire the volcanic Cuicocha Lake and admire the Cayambe Volcano
  • Visit the traditional town of Calderon, famed for its handicrafts
  • Spend free time browsing Otavalo Market, the largest of its kind in South America
  • Lunch is included

Transportation Quito - Otavalo - Quito * - Tuesday & Saturdays departures: (Meeting Point - La Mariscal) | Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sun departures (your hotel in Quito - Hotels within the urban perimeter ONLY)
Bilingual Guide
Lunch
Additional Entrances fee
Items not mentioned on the itinerary

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Departure Point: Tuesday & Saturdays: (Meeting Point)
Barrio Mariscal in Quito - Ecuador (Magic Bean Restaurant or Q Restaurant, both located at Barrio Mariscal at Mariscal Foch y Juan León Mera).

Note: The exact point of departure will be informed upon confirmation.

Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sun:
Your hotel in Quito - Please inform us of your hotel of stay (hotels within the urban perimeter ONLY).
Address: Tuesday & Saturdays: (Meeting Point):
Magic Bean Restaurant or "Q" Restaurant located at Barrio Mariscal at Mariscal y Juan León Mera (Quito - Ecuador)
IMPORTANT NOTE: A voucher will be sent with the exact place and time to start the tour.

Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sun:
Your hotel in Quito - Please inform us of your hotel of stay (hotels within the urban perimeter ONLY).
Dates: See Availability
Return point: Tuesday & Saturdays: (Meeting Point):
Magic Bean Restaurant or "Q" Restaurant located at Barrio Mariscal at Mariscal y Juan León Mera (Quito - Ecuador)
IMPORTANT NOTE: A voucher will be sent with the exact place and time to start the tour.

Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sun:
Your hotel in Quito - Please inform us of your hotel of stay (hotels within the urban perimeter ONLY).
Tuesday & Saturdays: (Meeting Point)
6:50 am. Please arrive at the meeting point (La Mariscal) at least 10 min before departure time

Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sun: (your hotel in Quito - Hotels within the urban perimeter ONLY)
8h30 - 9h00am. Starting time may change. The pick-up time will be confirmed in the Service Voucher send by the Tour Operator through the Viator platform. 
Note: Please be ready at your hotel lobby 10 min before departure time.

Itinerary
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Nature Galapagos & Ecuador
The trip starts early in the morning driving north of Quito towards one of the most famous indigenous market in Ecuador: Otavalo. The first stop en-route will be at Calderon, a small town famous for “Mazapan” handicrafts. Following, you will stop at Cayambe, also famous for its salt biscuits with “leaf cheese” and “manjar”, delicacy you can have a small taste of if you’d like to make stop. Next stop will be a view point to enjoy the landscape of Imbabura volcano (4610 mts.) and San Pablo lagoon. Afterwards, we will enter Otavalo, that holds an Indian Market every Saturday, an ancient tradition and cultural exchange site among the Otavalo community. You my do some shopping in the market, from handicrafts to artisanal made clothing, or you may witness and photograph the site. We will then continue towards the peaceful Cotacachi Village, famous for its leather and meet the local craftsmen. We will head back to Quito in the late afternoon. Note: Otavalo holds the local market on Saturdays only. There are usually some exchange activities on Tuesdays, but it depends on the Otavalo villagers. * IMPORTANT NOTE: For Tuesday & Saturdays departures (open departures), meet wtih your guide and fellow travellers at 6:45am at the centrally located meeting point at Mariscal Barrio at 6:45am. For Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sun departures, the guide will pick you up at the your hotel in Quito around 8:00 - 9:00am (time will be confirmed on your service voucher).
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • 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. Learn more about cancellations.
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