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  • Location:Quito, Ecuador
  • Duration:8 hours (approx.)

Otavalo Marketplace with Optional Lunch

Take a road trip through Ecuador’s incredible landscapes on this Quito shopping tour. Stop en route to snap photos of stunning scenery as you make your way to Otavalo Market, where you will experience local shopping at its finest. Barter for handicrafts, interact with city-dwellers and walk away with handicrafts, produce and house wares from one of Quito’s most popular markets. 


  • Day trip to the Otavalo Marketplace from Quito
  • Enjoy various photo stops along the way including San Pablo lake
  • Browse for locally made handicrafts and barter for your items
  • Complimentary pickup and drop off from most Quito hotels

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What You Can Expect

Otavalo Marketplace with Optional Lunch

Otavalo Marketplace

Leave Quito and head out on the famed Pan-American Highway going north. Catch some photos of the incredible landscapes, including snow capped mountains and lush hillsides, during several stops along the way. 

Cross the equator at Guachala for a quick photo op at what was once the middle of the world monument. After stretching your legs, make your way to the town of Cayambe, where tasty ‘bizcochos’ are made fresh each morning. Watch as local men and women bake off  these biscuits in traditional wood ovens and sample a few of these buttery delights while they are still warm. 

Continue on to Mira Lago, where you will find incredible views of Imbabura Volcano and San Pablo Lake. Take some photos before heading to Otavalo, where you will meet Otavalenos (natives) as they prepare for market. Wander the wares and barter for 
interesting items found only in Ecuador on the Quito Otavalo Marketplace with Optional Lunch Tour.

Travelers can choose to stay in Otavalo, or continue on to Cotacachi, which is known for 
its handmade leather bags, belts and other items. Comb through shops or make a tour 
upgrade for option lunch and enjoy local delicacies at La Marquesa restaurant. 

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Our guide Maria was excellent especially since she had to say everything twice spanish and English. We were given plenty of time to roam free around the market.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

because of the guide Wilson.......simply fabulous

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

What an experience! Otavalo was incredible. The optional lunch in Cocapache was an excellent addition and Wilson was a good guide. be careful though, while they say they stop at Mitad al Mundo, it is not the place with the monument but a different location where the road crosses the equator.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

We were very pleased with the organization of the tour. Our guide Wilson was one of the best guides we came across in SouthAmerica, and the driver was calm when faced with mega traffic at times. The food at the chosen restaurant was of a good standard. We were given enough time at each location and enough tips and knowledge to make our way on our own when we felt like it. We definitely recommend this tour and this guide.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

Had a great time - travel host as well as driver were awesome. We saw everything and more of what we originally thought we would see.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

A great tour. Our guide, Gabriel, was informative and mindful of the group's needs. He provided assistance whenever required and was always engaged and enthusiastic.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2014

Fantastic all day tour.Tour of of the rose green house where they export roses was great.We bought items at Otavalo market.Great trip.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

The market was great, lots of nice things to buy for yourself and for gifts. Also interesting to meet Kichwa girls and hear them singing songs and explaining their dress. Other stops included a beautiful view of a volcano and lake, and Cotacachi for lunch and leather shops. Driving in the Andes you get some great views as well.

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