This morning half-day tour to Otavalo is designed for those who have little time in Quito or for those who want to take more advantage of their afternoon, but don't want to miss the biggest indigenous market in Latin America.
We will depart early from Quito and go directly to the city of Otavalo, where you will have the chance to bargain and shop for handicrafts, but also learn about the traditions and culture of the indigenous people of this region. Get back to Quito before 2 PM, guaranteed!
Your tour guide will meet you in your hotel (if it's in the list under "Important Information" & booked with 24+ hours of anticipation) or meet you at KAIA boutique hotel at 7:45 AM to embark on this cultural experience in Otavalo!
On our way, we will stop at Cayambe, where you will have the opportunity to taste the delicious "Bizcochos”, a typical a biscuit of the region baked in a clay oven and greatly paired with fresh "leaf cheese" (artisan cheese wrapped in a plantain leaf, which provides a unique and exquisite flavor) or caramel sauce (traditional in Latin America, also known as manjar or arequipe, elaborated based on caramelized milk).
In Otavalo, we will take you directly to the entrance of the main market, the largest indigenous market in Latin America. The indigenous people of the area, known as "Otavalos", are one of Ecuador's most recognized ethnic groups for making and selling their textiles and handicrafts.
At the Plaza de los Ponchos, you can see this market take place every day with a higher affluence of sellers and buyers on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Find and learn about the traditions behind every handcrafted article here; anything from those made of clay, paint & wood to textile, costume jewelery, & ceramics.
We will head back and arrive in Quito before 2 PM. If you are free in the afternoon, feel free to go on a city tour or to the Middle of the World monument!
Hotel Pick-Up & Drop Offered (if booked with 24+ hours of anticipation) or you can meet us at Hotel KAIA (Valladolid & Julio Zaldumbide)
Starting Time : 07:45 AM
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