Otavalo Market And Laguna Cuicocha Full-Day Tour From Quito

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 10 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    6:50 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Yellow House, Mariscal Foch E5-23 y, Quito 170143, Ecuador
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Address: Mariscal Foch Street E5-08 and Juan Leon Mera (Corner)
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

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.

Highlights

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

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Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Quitsato Mitad del Mundo Monument

NOTE: IS NOT THE MAIN MONUMET
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.

Itinerary:

Schedule Itinerary:
06:50 - Leave from meeting point in Quito and transfer to Otavalo
08:30 - View point where it is possible to see Cayambe, Guayllamama, Quito, Cotopaxi, Tabcundo and flower farms
09:00 - Quitsato "Mitad del Mundo" middle of the world, equator line (entrance US$1)
09:30 - Visit to the Cayambe bizcochos (local biscuits) factory
11:00 - Exploring Otavalo Market
14:00 - Cuicocha Crater Lake
15:30 - Cotacachi leather city
16:30 - Return to Quito

Inclusions

Professional and Bilingual Guide

Lunch

Transportation from/to Quito's meeting point

Exclusions

Bizcochos $1

Market Purchases

Hotel pickup and drop-off

Gratuities

Quitzato Entrace Fee (Equador Line)

Entry/Admission - Quitsato Mitad del Mundo Monument

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level

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

Traveler Reviews

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  • 21-Apr-2018

    I had an amazing time, walking among the locals and through the market. it was great!

  • 02-Apr-2018

    I enjoyed the shopping. Lunch was ok. I was disappointed that the guide allowed a few guests to sit down and have breakfast at the biscuit shop while the rest of us waited in the parking lot 20 plus minutes. The extra time spent there meant less time at the Otavalo market before it started raining. The hike was not so much of a hike but a visit to historic cultural sites. I wished I had known that prior to opting out because of the rain. If I had known there was more then just a walk in the rain I would have participated.

  • 12-Mar-2018

    I would not recommend it for any real traveler, unless you want to spend all day on a bus with short shopping spree.
    We had many short and longer stops at various shops/restaurants, where we could just buy something... We only spend 1 hour at the Otavalo market and ome 15 minutes at Laguna Cuicocha visitor center it was raining, but we even didn't get the option to walk a little- we had to continue to our next stop- lunch. The last stop at leather market for an hour didn't make any sense at all. The guide was nice and knowledgeable, but the trip is not worth the money.

  • 29-Nov-2017

    Our tour was a little different in that we did not go to the Laguna, but we did the real equator site, Otavalo market and a late lunch in Cotacachi. Omar was a good guide and it was a very full and interesting day. Thank you!

  • 27-Nov-2017

    tour was awesome!

  • 31-May-2017

    Fantastic tour!

  • 20-Mar-2017

    Otavalo is where we bought the souvenirs for our trip. However, most of the items could be found in Quito. Plan on bargaining over the price. The breakfast in Cayambe was good. If you plan on buying leather products Cotacatchi is the place to shop for all types of products. The lunch was amazing with soup, main dish, and dessert. The boat ride around Cuicocha Laguna gave us a view of some birds and trees around the two islands in the Laguna.

  • 04-Feb-2017

    Nice places to see if you love nature and great views, only recommend that the time spend in the market should be shorten when is not in weekends as the options are fewer.
    Food was great, tour guide good and friendly

  • 01-Feb-2017

    Our guide was very good and had all sorts of interesting tidbits of information about the area. The tour was well organized and we enjoyed it very much. The highlight was the Laguna de Cuicocha - very beautiful

  • 26-Jan-2017

    We had a great time visiting the various places and our guide was very good. Thoroughly recomment this tour. I think I may have over-paid for my Panama Equadorian hat though.

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