Riobamba, Ecuador
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Overview

Discover Ecuador's vibrant cultural heritage, natural wonders, and Andean villages on this full-day tour from Quito. Admire traditional handicrafts at the legendary Otavalo Market, tour the Cayambe biscuit factory, visit the leather capital of Cotacachi, and marvel at Cuicocha Crater Lake. Lunch is included.
  • Full-day small-group tour of Otavalo, Cuicocha, and Cayambe from Quito
  • Pose for photos on the Equator Line at Mitad del Mundo
  • Explore Andean towns such as Cayambe and Cotacachi
  • Browse for traditional handicrafts at Otavalo market
  • Tuck into a typical Ecuadorian lunch at a local restaurant
  • Enjoy stunning views of the Cuicocha Crater Lake
  • Small-group tour limited to 15 people ensures a personalized experience
Make your own way to the meeting point in Quito’s Mariscal district in time for a 6.45am departure. Traveling aboard an air-conditioned tour bus with your small group of up to 15 people, set out on the around 45-minute drive to the first stop of the day – the Mitad del Mundo (the ‘Middle of the World’) to see the famous Equator line (entrance not included).
Continue through the Andes, stopping along the way to visit the Cayambe Bizcochos factory (entrance not included) and sample the traditional local biscuits. Make a final stop at a viewpoint, looking out over Quito, Cotopaxi, and Cayambe, before arriving in Otavalo around 11am.
Spend time exploring the traditional Andean village and learning about its rich indigenous heritage. Then, visit the famous Otavalo market, where you can shop for vibrant artworks, traditional handicrafts, and unique souvenirs.
Leave the bustling marketplace behind and head into the surrounding countryside to visit Cuicocha, a vast crater lake, set in a stunning location at the foot of the Cotacachi Volcano.
After enjoying lunch at a local restaurant (included), make a final stop in Cotacachi, renowned as Ecuador’s leather capital, where you can spend time browsing the shops and perhaps pick up some quality leather goods.
Return to Quito around 7pm, where your tour ends back at the starting point.

Itinerary

6:50am: Leave from central meeting point in La Mariscal, Quito and drive to Otavalo
8:30am: Quitsato "Mitad del Mundo" middle of the world, equator line (entrance USD$2)
9:30am: Visit to the Cayambe bizcochos (local biscuits) factory (Own expenses)
10am: View point where it is possible to see Cayambe, Guayllabamba, Quito, Cotopaxi and Tabacundo.
11am: Explore Otavalo market
2pm: Visit Cuicocha crater lake
3:30pm: Lunch and visit Cotacachi leather city
7:00pm: Return to central meeting point in La Mariscal, Quito

Reviews

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, Mar 2018

The promised 15 person trip turned out to be 19 people . 2 needed to sit on the jump seats . Several agencies were represented . Some paid 50.00 . Viator charged 70.00pp. So those paying more felt
Ripped off. Guide was funny and informative.
3 pm was a little late for lunch.

L
, Nov 2017

Our guide Pedro was great. Loved the visits to the little towns. I got some great souvenirs.

M
, Sep 2017

Great tour, very interactive. Tour guide was very knowledgeable and kept the tour group engaged.

g
, May 2017

This tour was wonderful! The views were outstanding, and each stop was informative and interesting. From the biscuit factory to the waterfall, the shopping, the lake... we enjoyed every moment. The tour took a full day 12 hours and we never felt rushed or bored. Juan Carlos was an excellent guide and taught us much about the ecology of the area. Juan has a great personality and took time to know and engage each person on the tour. THANK YOU for a spectacular day!

A
, Dec 2016

Trip focused on shopping. Sights in little time.


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