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El Lechero

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Fantastic views (I bet everyone says that - and they're right!)

Make time for this spot before taking in the 11:30 am show at Parque Condor. You can walk 360... read more

Reviewed May 4, 2018
Cuenca, Ecuador
Beautiful views

My friends and I took a cab here from our hotel La Posada del Quinde ($4) to visit this tree... read more

Reviewed July 16, 2017
Tiese E
Tampa, Florida
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Troncal de la Sierra | Outside of Otavalo, Otavalo 100450, Ecuador
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

November 6, 2018 I visited the historic tree known as El Lechero (Sapium glandulosum) located on a hill 9,340 ft. (2,847 m.) above sea level overlooking Otavalo in northern Ecuador. The tree has been an important ceremonial tree for the indigenous community of Pucará Alto...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Chuck L
Reviewed November 2, 2018

Quite a nice walk of roughly 5 km mostly uphill, but the tree really is a majestic being. You can really feel why it´s holy to the indigenous people, especially great when visiting in good weather. You will see the Lago del Pablo in the...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed October 31, 2018

Great spot for a picnic. Even better if you have local friends who can share the legends of the landscape.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Anna T
Reviewed May 4, 2018

Make time for this spot before taking in the 11:30 am show at Parque Condor. You can walk 360 degrees around the sacred tree and see Imbabura and Cotacachi.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank sburkerd
Reviewed July 16, 2017

My friends and I took a cab here from our hotel La Posada del Quinde ($4) to visit this tree. However, when we got there, the views of the lake and Imbabura mountain were honestly more impressive. It was a little chilly when we visited...More

Date of experience: July 2017
2  Thank Tiese E
Reviewed June 28, 2017

This place is not easy to find, but often visited for couples asking for eternal love and happiness. Beautiful view around

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank Jolka27
Reviewed March 17, 2017

El Lechero is worth seeing if you're in the area because it is sacred to the local people and there are legends associated with it.

Date of experience: March 2017
Thank A3869CTcatherines
Reviewed March 4, 2017 via mobile

We walked to El Lechero from Condor Park and then back to Otavalo (an easy, mostly downhill 4.5km walk with good views). Signage is okay going this direction except when walking up the hill to El Lechero itself. Just ask a local for the direction...More

Date of experience: March 2017
Thank Creation_Amazes
Reviewed February 20, 2017

The milkman is a very beautiful place located in Otavalo. Is a spot special for them otavaleños because is a place very known and appreciated is usual observe that exist walks towards the dairy from institutions educational as are them schools and schools usually, is...More

Date of experience: June 2016
1  Thank santygarces95
Reviewed November 15, 2016

This quiet spot is a nice addition on your way to or returning from the Condor Park. On a clear day it has views of 3 massive mountains, Imbabura, Cotacachi, and Fuya Fuya as well as San Pablo Lake. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy...More

Date of experience: October 2016
Thank taddimo
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