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Otavalo Marketplace and Cotacachi Town from Quito

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    Pass By: Nature Galapagos & Ecuador, Av Amazonas N41-95 & Isla Floreana, Quito 170150 Ecuador

    The trip starts early in the morning driving north of Quito towards one of the most famous indigenous market in Ecuador: Otavalo. The first stop en-route will be at Calderon, a small town famous for “Mazapan” handicrafts. Following, you will stop at Cayambe, also famous for its salt biscuits with “leaf cheese” and “manjar”, delicacy you can have a small taste of if you’d like to make stop. Next stop will be a view point to enjoy the landscape of Imbabura volcano (4610 mts.) and San Pablo lagoon.

    Afterwards, we will enter Otavalo, that holds an Indian Market every Saturday, an ancient tradition and cultural exchange site among the Otavalo community. You my do some shopping in the market, from handicrafts to artisanal made clothing, or you may witness and photograph the site.

    We will then continue towards the peaceful Cotacachi Village, famous for its leather and meet the local craftsmen. We will head back to Quito in the late afternoon.

    Note: Otavalo holds the local market on Saturdays only. There are usually some exchange activities on Tuesdays, but it depends on the Otavalo villagers.
    * IMPORTANT NOTE:

    For Tuesday & Saturdays departures (open departures), meet wtih your guide and fellow travellers at 6:45am at the centrally located meeting point at Mariscal Barrio at 6:45am.

    For Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sun departures, the guide will pick you up at the your hotel in Quito around 8:00 - 9:00am (time will be confirmed on your service voucher).
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    Traveler pickup is offered
    Departure Time

    Tuesday & Saturdays: (Meeting Point)
    7:00am. Please arrive at the meeting point (La Mariscal) at least 10 min before departure time

    Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sun: (your hotel in Quito - Hotels within the urban perimeter ONLY)
    8h30 - 9h00am. Starting time may change. Pick-up time will be confimed in the Service Voucher send by the Tour Operator through the Viator plataform. 
    Note: Please be ready at your hotel lobby 10 min before departure time.

    Duration
    7h
    Return Details
    Tuesday & Saturdays: (Meeting Point):
    Magic Bean Restaurant or "Q" Restauant located at Barrio Mariscal at Mariscal y Juan León Mera (Quito - Ecuador)
    Note: The exact point of departure will be informed upon confirmation.
    Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sun: 
    Your hotel in Quito - Please infrom us of your hotel of stay (hotels within the urban perimeter ONLY) .
    Inclusions
    • Transportation Quito - Otavalo - Quito * - Tuesday & Saturdays departures: (Meeting Point - La Mariscal) | Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sun departures (your hotel in Quito - Hotels within the urban perimeter ONLY)
    • Bilingual Guide
    • Lunch
    Exclusions
    • Additional Entrances fee
    • Items not mentioned on the itinerary
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
    • Stroller accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed June 5, 2018

    Our tour guide is Ivan (if I spell his name correctly). He is on time when picking us up from the hotel. He also introduces us Ecuadorian traditions and cultures. He took us to Otavalo Marketplace and Cuicocha Lake. The lunch is great! Thank you...More

    Date of experience: May 2018
    Thank sophiaw155
    Nikolay M, General Manager at Nature Galapagos & Ecuador, responded to this reviewResponded August 27, 2018

    Dear Sophia Yes, you spelled it right :) We are so glad to hear you enjoyed your Otavalo Day tour. Otavalo is most definitely an amazing site, filled with culture and tradition. We will make sure to let Ivan know your thoughts. We are very...More

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