Full-Day Tour Otavalo Market, Peguche Workshops, And Cuicocha Lagoon. - Quito

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Duration: 9 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    8:00 AM Times are subject to change due to local traffic conditions.
  • Departure Details :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Hotels pick up/drop off outside of the city have an extra charge
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point. Hotel pick up/drop off outside of the city has extra charge
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

Enjoy a day trip to visit the Otavalo market and learn all about the culturally rich indigenous communities.The village is world-famous for its indigenous population, the so-called Otavalos, who are famous becuase of their handicrafts or Andean folclor musicians. Admire the Andes scenery, lagoons, culture and the locals.

Highlights

  • Comprehensive tour by bus/coach
  • Excellent value for money
  • Flexibility to customize your itinerary to your own preferences
  • Ideal choice for families
  • All entrance fees included
  • Tour is wheelchair accessible
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide

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Itinerary
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Stop At: Otavalo Market, Otavalo, Imbabura Province

The Otavalo Market, which makes this market town famous, is undoubtedly one of the most important and spectacular markets in all of Latin America. The Otavalo market is attractive to visitors for both its outstanding shopping and its cultural significance. Local people use market day much the way their ancestors did during Ecuadors pre-Colombian history. The Otavalo market is a fascinating way to experience traditional Ecuadorian culture and the traditions of the Andes.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Cuicocha Lake, Laguna Cuicocha, Imbabura Province

It is a 3 km (2 mi) wide caldera and crater lake at the foot of Cotacachi Volcano in the Cordillera Occidental of the Ecuadorian Andes. Its name comes from the Kichwa indigenous language and means "Lago del Cuy" or Guinea Pig Laguna in English. It was given this name due to the guinea pig shape of the largest Island in the middle of the laguna. These animals play a significant part in the everyday life of Ecuadorians

Duration: 2 hours

Inclusions

Certified English speaking guide / driver

Hotel pickup and drop-off

Transport by private vehicle

Guided activities

Bizcochos

Entry/Admission - Cuicocha Lake

Entry/Admission - Cascada de Peguche

Exclusions

Personal expenses

Tips

Lunch

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Children must be accompanied by an adult

Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately

Not wheelchair accessible

Most travelers can participate

This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If its canceled because the minimum isnt met, youll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers

Face masks required for guides in public areas

Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff

Social distancing enforced throughout experience

Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Guides required to regularly wash hands

Traveler Reviews

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  • 14-Sep-2021

    This was different than I expected, our guide and driver were awesome and we had a beautifully clear day to see all the Volcanos. They took us first to a nicer shop to see the process of making some of the tapestries and the shop had excellent quality goods. Then we headed to the market which we went on a Saturday so it was huge. We gave our kid (10 & 12) some cash and they had a blast shopping. We then went to another area for lunch which was excellent. This area is known for its leather goods which shops had some really good stuff.

  • 14-Aug-2021

    I hired Daniel Maldonand for this tour and he provided an excellent experience. He was friendly, nice and tailored the day to my interests. (Bonus for me is he speaks excellent English). His knowledge of his country is outstanding and he patiently explained everything to me. It was a great day and I left feeling like I had a new friend. Furthermore, after I moved on to Banos, he consistently helped me with recommendations for restaurants, clubs and even another tours while i was there. His amazing service greatly increased the quality of my overall trip to Ecuador. Please don't hesitate to book anything with him. I've traveled quite a bit and have never received this level of outstanding service. Thank you so much! AMAZING!

  • 02-Jun-2021

    For my first day in Ecuador, I booked the day tour to Otavalo and Cuicocha Lagoon. As Ecuador was the first country in South America that I visited, I was a little apprehensive as to what to expect. However, my guide Daniel did an amazing job and completely put me at ease. Despite the weather not being great and tiredness on my part from traveling the day before, Daniel managed to keep my interest and remained fully engaged for the entire day. He did an awesome job giving me an introduction to Ecuador, and specifically Otavalo and Cuicocha Lagoon. I spent over two weeks in Ecuador with various guides on different tours and Daniel was by far the best. He was passionate, extremely knowledgeable, and made the day very enjoyable. He is a credit to the company and when I return to Ecuador, he will be the guide that I will request.

  • 10-Nov-2019

    Deslocamento trabalhoso e custoso para conhecer produtos semelhantes e muitos deles iguais ao que você encontra no Mercado de Artesania de Quito.

  • 09-Jun-2019

    Don't miss this day trip, Even if you are not inclined to buy, the colors and variety of things to see are great. All of the vendors we came in contact with were very friendly and accommodating.

  • 23-Apr-2019

    The tour was too basic with limited explanation on the tour. The guide was ok but lack enthusiasm to showcase the market and the travel.

  • 22-Apr-2019

    The tour was too basic with limited explanation on the tour. The guide was ok but lack enthusiasm to showcase the market and the travel.

  • 16-Feb-2019

    purchased coats, blankets, tablecloths, scarfs for gifts. colorful, had fun, did instead of tour activities, and rest of group from exotica, a very poorly run tour, wish they would have joined us

  • 14-Dec-2018

    really nice market. I was expecting one like the ferias in Argentina, but this was more than I hoped for. Beautiful products, crafts and gifts, made locally. We picked up some really nice silver jewelry, decorative gourds, woven goods and more. Bargaining is fine, even welcome. And a little Spanish goes a long way. We went on a weekday and it was quiet and easy to navigate. And totally enjoyable

  • 25-Nov-2018

    We were picked up by our tour guide Diego who was warm and welcoming. He provided good overview of information about Quito and surrounding areas during the drive to Otavalo. We stopped for a snack at a nice place with great views of Laguna San Pablo. We enjoyed the market and bought a bunch of stuff. (Bargaining is okay and you can drive prices down 20%-30%) We also drove to Laguna Cuicocha although it had started to rain by then. After lunch at a restaurant in Cotacachi, we stopped for a tour of a home-based weaving workshop before heading back to Quito. All in all, we enjoyed the trip. Special thanks to Diego, our guide.

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