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Otavalo Indian Market
A scenic drive 2 hours north of Quito, Otavalo has one of the finest, and most famous native markets in Ecuador. This charming town comes alive on Saturday, the main market day, but the market is open daily with handmade textiles, woodcarvings, and other crafts on display. You will also visit other towns that offer specific handicrafts. This package offers beautiful scenery, great shopping opportunities, and an overnight stay in one of the area's charming historical haciendas.
• 1 Night Otavalao
• Roundtrip Ground Transfers
Tour of Market with Local Guide
• Daily Activities Depending on Chosen Hotel
• All Meals
Arrive Otavalo:

Depart Quito in the morning, which are usually spectacularly clear and crisp in the high mountains, and full of breathtaking sightseeing. This is a region surrounded by majestic mountain ranges, fertile valleys and unmatchable scenic beauty. Our first stop is at the Quitsato Sundial, a site located on the equatorial line close to the Cayambe volcano, where you will learn about the astronomical knowledge of the region's pre-Hispanic cultures. Depending on your hotel, you may visit the market on day 1 or day 2.

Otavalo craft market is one of the most visited sites in Ecuador, and with good reason. The market is filled with interesting colorful and sometimes rare objects and crafts. Do remember to bargain, but only if you're interested! The market is held every day on one of the town squares at the foot of the majestic Imbabura Mountain. And to help you navigate the market, you will be given a short explanation of the market and provided with a map of the area. The Local Indian Market has been an economic and social center for more than 4000 years.

As part of our day at the market we will visit the workshop of Master weaver Miguel Andrango, in the village of Agato. Miguel's art has taken him abroad, mainly to exhibitions and fairs in the United States where the quality of his work is widely acknowledged. In the small store in the courtyard of his Tawantinsuyo workshop, the walls are covered with bright designs, most with an indigenous motif; the designs are based on Inca patterns but are the work of Miguel and his family. The workshop uses only pure wool and Alpaca; the weavers card and spin it themselves and then dye it with natural inks made from mosses (for yellow) or seeds such as 'Achiote' (for red).

(Lunch, Dinner, Accommodation, Otavalo)
Depart Otavalo:

If you have already seen the market, this morning will be dedicated to exploring the beautiful scenic environment. You may drive to the Cotacachi-Cayapas Ecological Reserve for a three hour hike at Lake Cuicocha, a deep-blue crater lake on the lower southern flanks of Mount Cotacachi. Here you can enjoy more views of the surrounding volcanoes Cayambe, Imbabura and Cuicocha while learning about the local flora and fauna. For bird watchers there will be the chance to see ruddy ducks, giant hummingbirds, silvery grebes, and more. Or, you may enjoy a hike from your hotel to nearby lakes and waterfalls. After checkout, we will start our journey back to Quito.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Otavalo)
** Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change