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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. 

Highlights

  • 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. 

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.

Travelers can choose to stay in Otavalo, or continue on to Cotacachi, which is known for its handmade leather bags, belts and other items. Visit in Cotacachi a traditional workshop of Andean Instruments and witness an ancestral indigenous ritual by a Shaman. You will have plenty of time to visit the village and do some shopping here. Enjoy some free time for lunch. 

On the way back to Quito we will pick up passengers who stayed in Otavalo. 

Customer Reviews

johnlill54

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

We enjoyed the day driving through the countryside. Our guide was very good, explaining the local customs. We stopped at a fruit stand to sample local fruits, stopped at three different places along the way to Otavalo to see the views and sample biscottis and were serenaded on the bus by a young woman singing native songs. Our time at the Otavalo market was sufficient to do our browsing. We then stopped at a weaving shop where they demonstrated the use of old hand operated looms and had a wonderful selection of woven items for sale. We drove on to the town of Cotacachi for lunch and leather shopping before returning to Quito.

huppmeister

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Juan was a great tour leader. I really enjoyed the tour and beautiful scenery. The day was a lot of fun

michael a

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Exceeded expectations in every way - enjoyable, informative and a day well spent.

floridaeyesurgeon

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

My wife and I really enjoyed this trip. The market was very interesting with great crafts and food. We would have liked more time there but we also enjoyed going to the Leather shops later that day.

Rhiannon F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

The tour was great- lots to do in a day but definitely get your money and #39;s worth!

karen n

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

great day out of the city, really loved the visit to the shaman's house

L K D

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.

gabymansour32

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

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

Ed D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

GREAT TOUR AND VERY INFORMATIVE GUIDE. MY ONLY RECOMMENDATION IS FOR THE GUIDE TO LEARN MORE ENGLISH SPEAKING SKILLS.

Frank D

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.

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