Otavalo & The Middle of The World in One Day

Quito, Ecuador

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icon9 hours 50 minutes  (Approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English and 1 more
Overview

Meet an indigenous market and its crafts, Otavalo Market, the largest in America, where the indigenous people of the area, known as "Otavalos", one of Ecuador's most recognized ethnic groups, make and sell their textiles and handicrafts. The Plaza de los Ponchos is the scene of a great fair where you can find a great variety of articles, its main product being textiles, as well as artisanal production in clay, paint, wood, costume jewelery, ceramics, etc. Through this visit the guide will demonstrate the culture of the natives and passengers will have the opportunity to know about the custom of "haggling" which is a very common practice among Ecuadorian people.

Visit the Equatorial Monument at the dividing of the northern and southern hemispheres. The 30-meter Middle of the World Monument (Ciudad Mitad del Mundo Monument) was built honor the French expedition, and houses a small museum containing a variety of indigenous Ecuadorian items.

Pick-up available from selected hotels
Professional Guide
Entrance to the Middle of the World
Gratuities (optional)
Food & Drinks

Departure Point

Hotel Kaia, Valladolid N24-742 y Julio Zaldumbide, Quito 170109, Ecuador

Traveler pickup is offered
If you choose the option with pick-up from hotels, you can choose from any of the following list:

Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday: Patio Andaluz 7:00, Hilton Colon 7:15, Mercure Alameda 7:18, Reina Isabel 7:22, Río Amazonas 7:26, Nu House 7:29, Galeria Ecuador 7:32, Swissotel 7:40, NH Collection 7:40, KAIA 7:43, Holiday Inn 7:50, J.W. Marriott 7:52, Wyndham Garden 8:00, Dann Carlton 8:10, Le Parc 8:10, Sheraton 8:15.

You must specify the name of the hotel in the booking process (any from the list). If you didn’t specify your hotel in the booking process, or if you put one that is not on this list, your meeting point will be at KAIA HOTEL (Valladolid N24-742 y Julio Zaldumbide) Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday at 07:43.

Remember to show up at the hotel at the time determined above or at the meeting point. There will be no refunds for not following the instructions mentioned here.

Departure Time

7:43 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Fabrica de Bizcochos de Don Pedro.
Known for its delicious “Bizcochos de Cayambe”, a type of cracker or bread baked in a clay oven, greatly paired with local cheese (fresh artisan cheese wrapped in achira leaf, a plant in which the cheese is left to rest, giving it a unique and exquisite flavor) or caramel sauce (traditional in Latin America, also known as manjar or arequipe, elaborated based on caramelised milk).
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Plaza De Los Ponchos Mercado
One of the most spectacular artisanal markets in all of South America. The Plaza de los Ponchos is the scene of a great fair that is held every day with more affluence of sellers and buyers on Wednesdays and Saturdays. In this famous market you can find a great variety of articles, its main product being textiles, as well as artisanal production in clay, paint, wood, costume jewelery, ceramics, etc.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Mitad Del Mundo
You can see the monument that divides the northern hemisphere from the southern hemisphere of the planet. Here you can live experiences that defy the laws of physics and occur only in this part of the world.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 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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