Private Otavalo and Cotacachi Day Trip from Quito

Quito, Ecuador

Experience Rating
icon8 hours  (Approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English

Explore the artisan towns of Cotacachi and Otavalo on this 8-hour private day trip from Quito. Travel in a private vehicle via the Pan-American highway, stopping at various lookout points and attractions along the way. Enjoy personalized attention from your private guide and a flexible itinerary. Pickup and drop-off at your Quito hotel included.
  • Private tour to the artisan towns of Otavalo and Cotacachi
  • Travel in a private vehicle on the Pan-American highway
  • Make several stops at historical points and viewpoints
  • Learn about indigenous leather craft and weaving
  • Private guide for just you and your party

Professional guide
Hotel/port pickup and drop-off
Private tour
Food and drinks

Departure Point

Quito, Quito, Pichincha Province

Traveler pickup is offered
In this map you will find a selected radius, but if you are staying in Quito, just let us know your hotel to arrange the pick up.

Departure Time

8:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Begin your day with convenient pickup in the lobby of your Quito hotel. Meet your dedicated guide and head out for Otavalo in a private tour vehicle, traveling along the Pan-American Highway. Make a stop in Guayllabamba to taste some local chirimoya fruit and visit a viewpoint that looks out over Cayambe. 

Pass the oldest estate in Ecuador, Guachalá, before arriving at the San Pablo viewpoint of Mira Lago. 

Arrive in Otavalo to visit the market, where the indigenous residents weave and sell their textiles. Make a lunch stop (own expense) before continuing on to Catacachi, well-known for its leather production. 

Return to Quito for drop-off.
Stop At:  
You will be picked up from your Quito hotel at 8am and depart for Otavalo by way of the Pan-Americana Highway. There will be a brief stop in Guayllabamba where you can taste the chirimoya (custard apple) fruit that is typical of the area. You will also visit the viewpoint of the road to Cayambe to admire and photograph the beautiful mountains and valleys of the area. You will pass Guachalá, the oldest estate in Ecuador before stopping at Mira Lago, a San Pablo viewpoint. After photographing the beautiful San Pablo Lake, you will continue to Otavalo where the indigenous Otavalo people develop their textiles .
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Otavalo Market
Visit the Otavalo market, known for its bustling Saturday market and offerings of various wares. While Saturday is the most famous market, there is plenty else available throughout the week in the plaza as well as the local shops. There will be a stop for lunch before continuing to Cotacachi, an artisan city renown for its leather shops. After you have experienced the diverse textiles and leather products of the region, it will be time to return to Quito where you will be dropped off at your hotel.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

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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