Otavalo Tour (3D/ 2N,daily from Quito,accommodations at Hacienda Pinsaquí, Puerto Lago or Hacienda Cusín, includes all meals)
Otavalo (3D/2N,daily from Quito, accommodations at Hacienda Pinsaquí, Puerto Lago or Hacienda Cusín)
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.
Day by day itinerary
This trip is designed for an in-depth and more relaxed experience of Imbabura, the Province of the Lakes and its many attractions: natural areas, landscapes, artisans, handicrafts, Indian culture in general, Haciendas and great gastronomy. Drive north of Quito to Calderón, a small town where bread dough figurines are made in many shapes and sizes. Continue along the valleys of Guayllabamba and Cayambe, with their dairy farms. Arrive at lunchtime to one of the charming country inns or colonial haciendas where you will spend the nights (see description below). In the afternoon, visit the town of San Antonio de Ibarra, famous for the woodcarvings.
On day two, visit the market of Otavalo, piled high with ponchos, woolen goods, tapestries, the original “Panama” hat, sweaters, Indian jewelry and many handicrafts. Lunch will be at another of the beautiful haciendas or hosterías of the area. In the afternoon, visit the Indian town of Peguche, where textiles are woven in old-fashioned shuttle looms.
On the third day, visit Cuicocha Lake and the town of Cotacachi, an entire town dedicated to fine leather products. On the way back to Quito a stop is made for lunch at one of the haciendas of the Cayambe area.
The order of the visits may vary – depending on the weather and the day of the week.
- All meals
Dress in layers (T-shirt, blouse, sweater, coat). Take a warm coat for evening and rain protection from February to May. This tour includes walking at an altitude of 2560 meters (8434 feet). Sun protection (SPF 40). Good walking shoes. Great photo ops.
Overnight in Otavalo can be spent at any of the following:
- (A) HOSTERIA PUERTO LAGO has an impressive waterfront setting, on the banks of Lake San Pablo, 5 minutes to the south of Otavalo. It has comfortable bungalows with fireplaces. The restaurant overlooks the lake.
- (A) HACIENDA CUSIN is a fully renovated colonial hacienda 10 minutes to the south of Otavalo, at San Pablo del Lago. It has attractive rooms, most with fireplaces. It is furnished with colonial antiques. Dinners are served by candlelight.
- (A) HACIENDA PINSAQUI dates back to the 1700’s and has always been in the same family. It has 16 large comfortable rooms with heavy ornate beds and fireplaces and keeps its hacienda feel.
- (B) HOSTERIA LA MIRAGE is located next to the town of Cotacachi. It has very comfortable suites (all different), a complete spa with pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, masseuse, and aromatherapy, plus five acres of landscaped gardens.
All Haciendas and Hosterías have private bathroom-shower facilities and hot water.