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
Leave Quito and head out on the famed Pan-American Highway going north. In 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 Otavaleños (natives) as they prepare for market. Wander the wares and barter for interesting items found only in Ecuador on the Quito Otavalo Marketplace. Continue on to Peguche, which is known for its handmade leather bags, belts and traditional workshop of Andean Instruments. You will have plenty of time to visit the village and do some shopping here. Then, in Cotacachi, visit the "Laguna Cuicocha for the chance to observe the changing colors of the volcanic waters. Enjoy some free time for lunch. On the way back to Quito we will pick up passengers who stayed in Otavalo.
This tour was great! We got to visit a musician and all of the instruments he made. We also was able to visit the Otavalo market where we were able to buy goods made by the indigenous people of the area. Our tour guide, Juan David, was excellent and knowledgeable. Due to the diversity of the group, Juan had to converse in Spanish and English for the entire tour.
There was one woman who was very demanding of Juan's time during the tour. He was very patient in answering all of her multiple questions with a smile, even though the rest of us were getting annoyed with her. He showed a lot of class and patience.
The only negative was the lunch. It was just average. We had eaten very, very good food during our trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos and this lunch was only so-so. Sad it was our last meal before we left for home. I can't remember the name of the restaurant, but it was Italian.
Other than the meal, this tour was very educational and fun.
Experienced and wonderful guide was provided. Some of the smaller stops could have been deleted so the trip wasn’t 11 hours. The recommended restaurant seemed a bit pricey and full of other bus tourists. There was confusion on hotel pickup which they need to clear up online.
We didn’t need the stop to see the traditional faith healer. The local who came on board the bus to sing and sell her products was annoying. Otavalo needs to improve. Vendors don’t sell unique one of a kind handmade products. All Looks factores made.
Great tour! My only complaint was that, since I wasn't actually staying at my pickup hotel, it was hard to find out what time the bus was actually coming to pick me up. I had to ask my hotel to call the night before.
The weather and sights are amazing in June. This is a full day. The street market in Otavalo was colorful and fun. Quite a contrast to the leather town of Cototaxi. The lunch spot was an authentic Ecuadoran restaurant filled with locals, delicious and a good value.
Excellent tour...William our English guide was very informed of the people's, cultures and area...we learned a lot about Ecuador..well worth the price..unbelievable sized market with foods and handcrafted items..a must see..