Otavalo Tour – Handcraft Tour, full-day
Otavalo Handcraft Tour, full-day, daily from Quito, includes lunch at La Mirage
This one-day 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.
Day by Day
This excursion goes north, to the land of the Otavalos and South America’s most famous Indian fair along the Panamerican Highway through dramatic mountain scenery to the textile market of Otavalo, where guests will enjoy visiting the many stalls full of ponchos, scarves, blankets, wall hangings, woven belts (fajas), hats, handbags and much more. Here Otavaleños barter in silence, in marked contrast to the raucous noise of other markets; take your time to negotiate the best bargains. Then, proceed to Peguche, an Indian village very near Otavalo that is home to the artisans who do the weaving in their homes; guests can learn about their culture and everyday life and on to Cotacachi, where the whole town is dedicated to the production and sale of leather goods: coats, belts and all kinds of handbags. Lunch is at the charming Hosteria La Mirage Garden Hotel & Spa.
Dress in layers (T-shirt, blouse, sweater, coat). Take a sweater even if the day is warm and sunny 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.