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Otavalo Tour from Quito Visiting Quitsato, Indigenous Market, Peguche, Cuicocha

Quito, Ecuador
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Combine culture with nature on this full-day tour of Otavalo Marketplace and Cuicocha Lagoon, ideal for first-time visitors with limited time in Ecuador. Departing Quito, you’ll travel to Otavalo Marketplace, one of Latin America’s largest markets, to browse stalls for colorful, artisan souvenirs. See, too, the Peguche Waterfall and Cuicocha Lagoon, on which you;ll enjoy a short boat ride.
  • Full-day tour of Otavalo Marketplace and Cuicocha Lagoon from Quito
  • Ideal for first-time visitors with limited time in Ecuador
  • Visit Otavalo Marketplace, one of Latin America’s largest markets, to browse stalls for colorful, artisan souvenirs
  • Admire Peguche Waterfall and take a boat ride on Cuicocha Lagoon


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best full day tour!
, Dec 2019
We stayed 4 days in quito and this was by far my favorite and well planned full day tour. Our guide was knowledgeable and friendly. We loved all the stops- from the lake to the market to the waterfall. And having martina- the indigenous local explain her clothing and her language was beautiful and truly a treat! I loved it all ! very well done "quito best tours"! For those going, some tips, wear comfortable shoes the walk to the waterfall is on uneven cobble stone and some dirt sidewalks. Bring a jacket as it got cold on the boat ride on the lake and it rained for a few minutes so Im glad we had a jacket in hand. You travel on a coach bus and its safe to leave your belongings. Have fun shopping and site seeing!
Great Day Trip
Katey B
, Dec 2019
The bus was comfortable. Everything was on time. We spent two hours at the market which is plenty of time. 100% would recommend this tour.
Fabulous tour !
, Dec 2019
THis tour was extremely well organized! Our guide Mauro was very informative and our driver navigated all the roads extremely well. It is a well planned out day with lots of interesting stops to break up the bus ride. it was a great combination of nature, beauty, and shopping. We especially enjoyed the boat ride on the gorgeous volcanic lake and got lots of great pictures. We did not have time to see all of the huge market in out of our low as it was Saturday and much bigger than normal. There were lots of great items and bargains to be had. My husband got some lovely leather belts for eight to $15 and I got some shell jewelry ranging from $1.50 for earrings, 2 to 3 dollars for bracelets, and 6 to 8 dollars for necklaces. All of these were handmade and well worth more money than they cost. The guide stayed with the group at all times including the hike to the waterfall ( this was not the case on a tour we had taken the day before to Quilotoa through trip advisor ) . If you have just one day trip to take from Quito I would highly recommend this one!
Above and Beyond what we expected
, Nov 2019
Mauro was fantastic. Every single sight was amazing and we got in-depth access and local experts at the sights. The tour was well paced for bathrooms, meals. Maybe take a snack and Dramamine with you if you don’t have breakfast before.
Wonderful day trip to Otavalo market and other sights
, Nov 2019
This day trip was very well constructed to include an interesting equator visit, the extensive indigenous market at Otavalo, a stop at a cafe near Lago San Pablo, a lovely waterfall walk, and an awesome lagoon boatride. Our guide was just fabulous - not only fluent in Spanish and English but also adorable and funny, and she taught us some Kichwa and all kinds of interesting historical tidbits. She invited an indigenous friend onto the bus who entertained us. I loved the whole day.
, Jun 2019
It was more than just going to Otavalo market. We visit a waterfall, one crate lake where we went on a small boat, etc. Daniel was an excellent tour guide. Very relax and wanted us to enjoy every moment. Nixon was a safe driver and they tried to accommodate all 12 of us.
Day well spent
, May 2019
Comfy ride on coach style bus. Belongings could be safely left on bus. Enjoyable/well-planned stops at lake, Octavalo market for lunch and shopping, and waterfall stop.
Amazing Tour!
Marissa T
, Jan 2019
We did so many fun activities on this trip, which included shopping, taking a boat ride through a lagoon, hiking a short trail to a waterfall, and celebrating the new year. Our guide, Fernando, was energetic and very knowledgable! This tour is worth the money and we would do it again without hesitation!
An amazing experience, very cold...
, Apr 2018
An amazing experience, very cold weather so be prepared for it.
Top of the line tour guides who were...
Justin T
, Apr 2018
Top of the line tour guides who were friendly and knowledgeable. Could have done without the solar clock stop and the boat ride with more time in the market but overall a good tour.

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