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The Otavalos are a people and culture indigenous to the Valley of Otavalo, in the Province of Imbabura in Northern Ecuador.  In 1495 the Otavalo area was conquered by the Inca Empire and in turn conquered by the Spanish Conquistadors in 1535.  The Otavalos are a very prosperous community of skilled textile weavers, who gather to sell their products at the market in the city of Otavalo as they have done for centuries, as regional markets have played an important role in Indian life, providing regular gathering places for trade and socializing.  Today, increasing numbers of Otavalos have also been traveling overseas to sell their handcrafts in Europe and North America.   The Otavalos are proud of their cultural heritage, hard working people who have managed to overcome poverty without changing their way of life, their traditions or their dress, while at the same time taking advantage of technological advances.

A major aspect of the Otavalo Indian ethnic identity is their native dress.  For men this consists of a blue poncho, white shirt and calf-length trousers, a fedora-type hat and their hair combed in a long braid.  Women dress in embroidered blouses, blue skirts and shawls plus several layers of golden necklaces and red bead bracelets.  Both men and women wear "alpargatas", a type of sandal. Otavalos speak Kichwa, their native language, even though today most also speak, Spanish, English, French...

Otavalo is currently considered one of the most important tour destinations in Ecuador, due to its ancestral cultural heritage, enriched by millenary traditions, myths, legends and customs together with Andean landscapes of outstanding beauty: mountains, lakes, waterfalls  and rivers, that, as per the Otavalo Cosmovision, possess life and energy.

MT-103 OTAVALO, Flavours and Colours of the Andes, (Daily from Quito,  private, including lunch and cooking lessons)Last update: 7/22/2011 MT-103 OTAVALO, Flavours and Colours of the Andes, (Daily from Quito, private, including lunch and cooking lessons)
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Metropolitan Touring has developed a full-day hands-on experience of the northern Andes, a verdant land of rolling hills, towering volcanoes, strong cultural identity and skilful craftspeople. with the added twist of an encounter with the colours and flavours of Ecuadorian cuisine
   
Otavalo Tour (3D/ 2N,daily from Quito,accommodations at Hacienda Pinsaquí, Puerto Lago or Hacienda Cusín, includes all meals), private, MT-351ALast update: 8/7/2009 Otavalo Tour (3D/ 2N,daily from Quito,accommodations at Hacienda Pinsaquí, Puerto Lago or Hacienda Cusín, includes all meals), private, MT-351A
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This three-day trip to the Otavalo area allows time for guests to leisurely enjoy the many aspects of the excursion: its natural beauty, its ancestral culture and traditions, visit the craft centers for weavings, wood carving, leather goods, the fantastic crater-lake Cuicocha and a close encounter with the communities and the Otavalo people.
   
Otavalo Tour 3D/ 2N, daily from Quito, accommodations at Hosteria La Mirage, includes all meals, private, MT-351BLast update: 8/7/2009 Otavalo Tour 3D/ 2N, daily from Quito, accommodations at Hosteria La Mirage, includes all meals, private, MT-351B
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It´s natural beauty, its ancestral culture and traditions, visit the craft centers for weavings, wood carving, leather goods, the fantastic crater-lake Cuicocha and a close encounter with the communities and the Otavalo people.
   
Otavalo Tour 2D/1N, daily from Quito, overnight at Hacienda Pinsaquí, Hostería Puerto Lago or Hacienda Cusín, includes all meals private, MT-141ALast update: 8/7/2009 Otavalo Tour 2D/1N, daily from Quito, overnight at Hacienda Pinsaquí, Hostería Puerto Lago or Hacienda Cusín, includes all meals private, MT-141A
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This overnighter is the most recommended trip to Otavalo, allowing guests to explore the fertile valley of Otavalo, enjoy its landscapes of mountains, lakes and corn fields, its craft centers, and wonderful people. Spend the night at an hacienda or hostal in the area and the next day, arrive early at the handcraft market.
   
Otavalo Tour 2D/1N daily from Quito, overnight at Hosteria La Mirage, includes all meals, private, MT-141BLast update: 8/7/2009 Otavalo Tour 2D/1N daily from Quito, overnight at Hosteria La Mirage, includes all meals, private, MT-141B
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This overnighter is the most recommended trip to Otavalo, allowing guests to explore the fertile valley of Otavalo, enjoy its landscapes of mountains, lakes and corn fields, its craft centers, and wonderful people. Spend the night at an hacienda or hostal in the area and the next day, arrive early at the handcraft market.
   
Otavalo Handcraft Tour, full-day, daily from Quito, includes lunch at Hacienda Pinsaquí, Puerto Lago or Hacienda Cusín, private, MT-142ALast update: 8/7/2009 Otavalo Handcraft Tour, full-day, daily from Quito, includes lunch at Hacienda Pinsaquí, Puerto Lago or Hacienda Cusín, private, MT-142A
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This one-day private excursion has been designed to provide guests with an overall view of the dramatic Andean scenery, with an earlier departure to arrive in time to appreciate the activity of the Otavalo Market, visit the town of Peguche and observe the weaving processes at a textile workshop.
   
Otavalo Handcraft Tour, full-day, daily from Quito, includes lunch at La Mirage, private, MT-142BLast update: 8/7/2009 Otavalo Handcraft Tour, full-day, daily from Quito, includes lunch at La Mirage, private, MT-142B
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This one-day private excursion has been designed to provide guests with an overall view of the dramatic Andean scenery, with an earlier departure to arrive in time to appreciate the activity of the Otavalo Market, visit the towns of Peguche to observe the weaving process and Cotacachi, for leather goods.
   
Otavalo Handcraft Tour, full day, daily from Quito, includes lunch at Hacienda Pinsaquí, Puerto Lago or Hacienda Cusín, semi private, MT-142SLast update: 7/22/2009 Otavalo Handcraft Tour, full day, daily from Quito, includes lunch at Hacienda Pinsaquí, Puerto Lago or Hacienda Cusín, semi private, MT-142S
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This one-day semi-private excursion has been designed to provide guests with an overall view of the dramatic Andean scenery, with an earlier departure to arrive in time to appreciate the activity of the Otavalo Market and visit the town of Peguche for a stroll through the town to observe the weaving process.
   
Otavalo Cultural Experience, full-day, daily from Quito, includes an ethnical Andean lunch, private, MT-143Last update: 7/23/2009 Otavalo Cultural Experience, full-day, daily from Quito, includes an ethnical Andean lunch, private, MT-143
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This full-day excursion offers an in-depth experience into the traditional way of living of the Otavalo people, their history, customs, handicrafts and, very importantly, music. Lunch is at an Indian home, lovingly prepared in the traditional way, so guests have the opportunity to taste the Andean delicacies.
   
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