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

Take a drive through Ecuador's breathtaking scenery, stopping along the way to take photos and soak up the truly amazing and diverse landscapes! Head for Otavalo Market and experience the local way of shopping as you barter for handicrafts and many other items!


  • 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

Departing from Quito on the Pan-American North Highway, enjoy the highway's mirador to admire and take pictures of the beautiful landscape and snow capped mountains of the zone.

Crossing the equatorial line at Guachala (used to be the middle of the world monument), you'll make a brief stop here before visiting the small town of Cayambe, famous for its "bizcochos." These buttery biscuits are baked fresh daily in traditional wood ovens. See how bakers prepare them and try these delicious treats.

The tour then continues with a stop in Mira Lago, which offers greats views of Imbabura Volcano and San Pablo Lake. After snapping some pictures here, head to Otavalo where the Otavalenos (natives) set up a market in which a bartering manner of shopping is occurs. The market hosts a variety of different handcrafted items.

Depending on your preference, you can either stay in Otavalo or go to Cotacachi, famous for its leather articles. Browse the shops or upgrade to the optional lunch package to enjoy the local flavors at the well known La Marquesa restaurant.

Customer Reviews

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.

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