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Private tour to Otavalo. The indigenous Otavaleños are famous for weaving woolen and cotton textiles, such as handmade blankets, ponchos, tablecloths and more. Although Saturday is their main market day, there is always a wide variety of stalls and wares available during the week.
We depart from Quito along the Pan-American North highway via Cayambe. There is a brief stop at Guachalá, the oldest hacienda in Ecuador (1580). Since its conversion in 1993, Hacienda Guachalá is now a hostel and a tourist destination. Here passengers will have the opportunity to taste the delicious “Bizcochos de Cayambe”, a type of cracker or bread baked in a clay oven often paired with local cheese or caramel sauce. Afterwards, we will make a brief stop at “Miralago”, to admire the amazing views of Lago San Pablo. The tour then continues to Otavalo where Otavaleños (locals) where you can barter to buy a variety of different handcrafted items. Passengers may choose to either stay longer in Otavalo or go on to visit the leather shops at Cotacachi. We return to Quito picking up any passengers who decide to stay in Otavalo*.
*A designated pick up location will be determined on the Cajas-Tabacundo road by our Gray Line guide. Bus will wait for 10 minutes in Otavalo to pick up passengers, after that we all return to Quito.
Private Transportation Daily
1 passenger $297
2 passengers $146 per person
3-4 passengers $100 per person
5-9 passengers $80 per person
10-14 passengers $72 per person
Shared Transportation is only available on Thursday and Saturday $59 per person
Shared transportation departure and return only from the following hotels:
Professional bilingual guide
Lunch if described in itinerary
Lightweight wind/rain jacket
Day temperature 50° to 68° F / 10° to 20° C