Otavalo Tour – (2D/1N, daily from Quito
Otavalo Tour (2D/1N, daily from Quito,overnight at Hacienda Pinsaquí, Hostería Puerto Lago or Hacienda Cusín, includes all meals)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.
Day by Day
Guests will thoroughly enjoy this two-day excursion, with ample time to explore the fertile Valley of Otavalo, its landscapes of mountains, lakes and corn fields, see the artisans at work, visit Indian communities and its wonderful people. First stop is 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 and flower plantations. Arrive at one of the charming country inns or colonial haciendas where you will spend the night (see description below). Visit the town of San Antonio de Ibarra, famous for the woodcarvings, the town of Cotacachi, an entire town dedicated to selling fine leather products, and the town of Peguche where textiles are woven in old-fashioned shuttle looms.
The second day have an early start at the handicraft market of Otavalo, piled high with ponchos, woolen goods, tapestries, the original “Panama” hat, sweaters, Indian jewelry and many handicrafts.
On the return trip, 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. If this excursion is taken Friday/Saturday, a snack will be offered at one of the haciendas in the Cayambe area on Friday morning and lunch on Saturday will be in the Otavalo area.
- 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.s