Otavalo market
Discover textiles by local artisans
Otavalo square
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  • Experience a timeless Otavalo on this one-day journey designed to take in some of the highlights of the Northern Andes, including historic haciendasartisans’ workshops, and one of South America’s most emblematic craft markets.
  • Wander through the kaleidoscopic Otavalo market, where you’ll find handcrafts, textiles, and artisanal products. Visit the workshop of the few artisans who continue to use back, and pedal looms to create their intricate weavings.
  • Explore Hacienda La Compañía with its colorful fields of world-famous Ecuadorian roses.
  • Listen to the Andean sounds of the bamboo instruments delicately crafted in Taita Gundo and enjoy a small intimate concert by the talented Alí Lema.


Otavalo Cultural Immersion Explore The Markets And Traditions
Hacienda La Compañía
“Copacabana” Vegetable market
Otavalo Market
Artisan workshops
Taita Gundo
Lunch at Hacienda Pinsaquí
A chance to learn all about the production of Ecuadorian roses here on the Equator, while also enjoying the grounds, stately house and color-filled showroom of flowers, all once part of a Jesuit retreat.
This colorful vegetable market is livelier on Saturdays, but you can indulge in some fresh and juicy fruits while you explore this outdoor market any day of the week.
The Plaza de los Ponchos or the Otavalo market is an iconic marketplace, displaying mesmerizing and bewildering arrays of woven textiles and traditional handcrafts. Wander through its narrow aisles, observe the local Otavaleños, and grab a bargain souvenir to take back home with you.
Visit the workshops of either Miguel Andrango or José Cotacachi in the small town of Peguche, where you can observe how the yarns are brushed, threaded and dyed before being woven into colorful traditional designs using either the back or the pedal looms.
Enter the home of Segundo and Alí Lema, musicians who employ bamboo to delicately craft wind instruments in the quaint community of Peguche and enjoy a small concert by the talented Alí Lema.
A lunch of fine Ecuadorian cuisine awaits at historic Hacienda Pinsaquí, an hacienda that dates back three centuries to the times of Simón Bolívar.


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