Otavalo Market And Laguna Cuicocha Full-Day Tour From Quito

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Duration: 10 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    06:50 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Mariscal Foch E4-215, Quito 170143, Ecuador
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Address: 7:15 am Leave from Plaza Foch (Mariscal Foch and Reina Victoria) - look for the tour bus.
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


The Otavalo cultural tour is a wonderful way to discover and combine the famous artisan indigenous market in Ecuador with some of the most amazing views outside the city.


  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Lunch included
  • Family friendly
  • Pickup from a centrally located meeting point
  • Vegetarian meal option available

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This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Quitsato Mitad del Mundo Monument

Visit a small equator monument, entrance fee $2p.p
The Quitsato Sundial is a cultural-tourist place located at La Mitad Del Mundo, near to Cayambe, 47 km north of Quito. It was built in 2006 and inaugurated in 2007 as an independent, non-profit project in a 24,756 ft (2300 m) area. Its main goal is to share crucial aspects of the astronomical knowledge of the prehispanic cultures of the region. The expositions are carried out by community members as a self-sustaining project. According to Google Maps, the central pillar is 4 meters south of the true equator.
After this we will visit at the Cayambe bizcochos town (local biscuits) factory.
Products not included

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Miralago

Viewing point Mira Lago where it is possible to see Cayambe, Imbabura, San Pablo Lake, Tabacundo and flower farms.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Otavalo Market

You will have time to explore the market and do some shooping

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Cotacachi-Cayapas Ecological Reserve

Visit Cotacachi leather town/ Lunch

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Cuicocha Lake

Here you will have time for a small walk after we return to Quito

Duration: 30 minutes

Pass By: Quito Old Town

Return to Quito and drop you in your original meeting point.


Professional and Bilingual Guide


Transportation from/to Quito's meeting point


Bizcochos $1

Market Purchases

Hotel pickup and drop-off


Quitzato Entrace Fee (Equador Line) $2 per person

Entry/Admission - Quitsato Mitad del Mundo Monument

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

The tour operator reserves the right to change the itinerary without previous notice due to weather, National Park regulations or notifications and unforeseeable circumstances

Necessary equipment: Warm clothes, gloves, hat. Sunglasses & Sunscreen. Water, snacks. Hiking shoes. Camera and Waterproof jacket

Not wheelchair accessible

Infants must sit on laps

No heart problems or other serious medical conditions

Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level

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 18 travelers

Traveler Reviews

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  • 24-Nov-2021

    Locating someone (actually her mother) whose photo I had taken a few years ago and which was selected for a 2022 international calendar, a copy of which I took for her.

  • 12-Jul-2021

    We had a wonderful time on this tour!! Instructions were clear on meeting points since the tour was public. We had the best tour guides, Carlos and Alejandro!!! They were so nice, knowledgeable and such positive energy!! We went to the Laguna Cuicocha, the markets and the Middle of the World! Each spot on the tour was informational and exciting! Lunch was delicious and good options for vegetarians which I appreciated! 10/10 would do again!!

  • 26-Oct-2020

    Due to covid restrictions, we were not able to do a shared tour but were able to set up a private tour to Otavalo Market. What a wonderful day! Andres was prompt and knowledgeable about the tour and gave us great tips. We thoroughly enjoyed our day trip outside of Quito!

  • 20-Mar-2020

    March 12, 2020 - I hired EcuaTouring for a private, solo full day tour to Otavalo Market & Town, Cotacachi and Cuicocha volcanic crater lake. My combined driver and tourguide was Ivan Felicita --- he was excellent! He very good and safe driver, hiking companion and very knowledgeable for all the stops we made --- he speaks excellent English --- it made for a very special day! Michael at EcuaTouring was also very helpful and efficient in communicating and organizing my tour --- all worked out very well just a few days before Ecuador closed its borders and airports to combat the coronavirus --- did it in a nick of time!

  • 09-Jan-2020

    I enjoyed all the places we visited on this tour, and it’s a great way to see the countryside outside Quito. Our guide Gabriel was wonderful! He was very friendly, attentive and informative. I highly recommend this tour!

  • 10-Dec-2019

    it is great try to bargain the price also be aware of fake $5 bills there are a lot do not accept them in your change :) no 5$ bills counterfeit

  • 11-Aug-2019

    This trip was THE best of the 4 we took. It's EARLY with a 7am pick up at the Magic Bean restaurant. NO breakfast here. It doesn't open until after 7. Gabriel did an EXCELLENT job. He talked enough, answered questions and knew when to be quiet. You do have a light breakfast opportunity at Cayambe, which is famous for a native biscuit, Bizcochos. They go well with caramel. The owner gave a presentation about how they are made and offered samples. You go across the street to the "Mitidad Del Mundo" site. We skipped it as we'd already seen the site in Quito. Next stop is a beautiful viewing area at Mira Lago overlooking San Pablo Lake. Direct to Otavalo and the native market. Gabriel specifies the time/place to meet and leaves you to explore. We purchased many high quality handmade items to take home as gifts and a Panama hat for my wife for $20. Don't be hesitant to bargain. 30% off is a good guideline. Lunch was at a local restaurant in Cotacachi which is the leather craft center in Equador. Depending on how the tour goes, you may only have 15-20 minutes AT MOST to walk down the leather goods avenue. If you truly want to shop for handbags, belts, shoes, etc., you may wish to skip lunch or cut it short. Across the plaza is a building with a beautiful native mural on the side. It also contains a bronze statue of what appears to be Bob Marley complete with guitar. However, we've been told it’s not him. Our trip was a small group of only 7 of us. EXCELLENT JOB ECUA TRAVEL!

  • 18-Jul-2019

    It was well wroth it to book this trip to Otavalo instead of going on our own - we were able to stop for coffee and breakfast and go visit a really excited and excellent view of the equator line - no egg balancing but I would say even better than the museum that everyone told me to go. The guide was excellent - I wish I remembered his name! and there was even time to talk with and meet the other people on the tour. I was able to explore Cotacachi with my new friends. You dont just drive up to the market and back - there really is a jam packed day but not at all over whelming, I really recommending this day trip!

  • 06-Jun-2019

    We enjoyed the day trip to the Equator Sundial and Otavalo. The stop at the lake was beautiful. Our guide was knowledgeable and fun.

  • 09-May-2019

    My guide Gabriel was very friendly and knowledgeable. He explained everything that was going to happen in the tour. Had a great experience!

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