We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The Tripadvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Quichua Native Travel

Features Animals
Otavalo, Ecuador
More
About Quichua Native Travel
We are Sustainable Tourism based Tour Operator. We are a tour operator organization focused on the development of our communities, we are working with social, economic, environmental and cultural responsibility, Our emblematic project is the accommodation with indigenous families and the community micro enterprises of the La Calera community. Our programs are focused on experiential tourism, providing unforgettable experiences in care quality standards and customer service. We offer tour activities such us: Homestay with indigenous family, Sustainaible tourism, Hiking, Climbing, Biking, Trekking, Horseback riding, City tours, Adventure tours, Tour of indigenous communities, Jungle tours, Top destinations in Ecuador (Coast, Andes, Amazon and Galapagos), Volunteering. We are offering multiday trips and daily tours at Ecuador, or at otavalo area an it´s sorroundings.
Read more
Open Now
Hours Today: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
See all hours
Travelers talk about
27Reviews2Q&A
Traveler rating
  • 26
  • 1
  • 0
  • 0
  • 0
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Selected filters
  • Filter
  • English
Popular mentions
Francine Kappeler wrote a review Nov 2020
Canada2 contributions1 helpful vote
Starting a trip with the global pandemic was very difficult to do, but my Canadian family and I decided to explore the world, this time we decided to visit South America the options are endless, but during a planning together with my family we visited Ecuador, the first week We were in Quito, then we wanted to visit Otavalo, looking on the Internet we found Quichua Native Travel a local tour operator that helped us with a 4-night program with accommodation in the warm home of a host family, everything was excellent and full of learning, On the first day we made a visit to the communities and local artisan workshops, the second day we visited the Cuicocha lagoon and the alpacas project, the third day we visited the Mojanda lagoons and some waterfalls within Otavalo. In the afternoons we always share with Rosario's family each activity at home, gardens and farm animals, you have your room and private bathroom, in addition to a delicious breakfast and dinner. A total experience in every moment I highly recommend Quichua Native Travel.
Read more
Date of experience: September 2020
1 Helpful vote1 Save
Helpful
Share
Alexander R wrote a review Sep 2019
2 contributions1 helpful vote
We stayed five days with Claudio and Sylvia's family and had a great and interesting time. We experienced real hospitality and learned a lot about everyday life in an indigenous family and village. Sylvia was a very good cook and Claudio an excellent guide. All our walks and excursions were well planned and well guided. We went around Cuicocha and back again on bikes with Wilmer who was also an excellent guide. He told us lots of interesting facts about the area, plants, wildlife and legends. He also joined us to Mojanda and took us up Fuya Fuya volcano. So we can highly recommend Quichua Tours and their guides Claudio and Wilmer and staying with Sylvia's family. We do wish them all the best for the future and their community.
Read more
Date of experience: August 2019
1 Helpful vote
Helpful
Share
Mandy H wrote a review Sep 2019
Alice Springs, Australia181 contributions31 helpful votes
+1
We are avid cyclists and enjoy learning about other cultures through first hand interactions with local people, so this tour appealed to us. I booked it the night before and was told that our guide would not be English Speaking (quite reasonable). We were happy to proceed with my very basic Spanish. What a delightful surprise to meet our Guide, Claudio Morales, and find that between his English and my Spanish (and lots of acting out and laughter) we could communicate perfectly. We were picked up from our Hostel in Otavalo and drove up to the Cuicocha Lagoon, overshadowed by the Cotacachi Volcano (Mother). As we walked, Claudio showed us local plants and points of interest. The view of the crater lake was stunning. There was a fascinating Lunar Calendar made from sone and also a Solar Calendar that showed the solstices and acted as a sun dial. We walked part of the Sacred Trail to the Cotacachi National Park Visitors Centre. Then we were met by the driver and we drove to the start of our MTB descent. The descent was exhilarating and a screaming head wind did not slow us down. We had asked Claudio about a good place to try Cuy - so he stopped at a local restaurant and we shared an amazing lunch. We continued to Quiroga and had a look at the leather market. Claudio invited us to ride to his home, where we met his lovely wife and saw her amazing embroidery. We finished the day by being dropped at the Bus Terminal and Claudio helped us to catch the correct bus back to Quito ($2.50 USD) per person. Much more economical than an organised tour!!! We paid $50 USD each for the day - money very well spent as it included transport, Bike Hire and lunch (although we chose to pay for our lunch at the other restaurant). The Cuy was only $16 USD which is a very good local price.
Read more
Date of experience: September 2019
2 Helpful votes
Helpful
Share
StuHulk wrote a review Sep 2019
Cusco, Peru17 contributions7 helpful votes
What a great time we had. The experience started as soon as we were picked up from our hostal in Otavalo by Claudio Morales. Limited English and our limited Spanish was no barrier to friendly and informative banter. Our first stop at Cuicocha Lago was a mixture of botanic, geographic and cross-cultural exchange. We really appreciated Claudio’s knowledge of local plants and stories about the surrounding volcanoes. Then onwards up upwards to the riding starting point for a whooshing descent. We stopped to take in another view of Cuicocha Lago and the snow topped Cotacachi volcano. Another stop for a drink and a chat about Quichua language and community then again to talk about how the Agave plant is used followed by an impromptu stop for brunch to try cuy(guinea pig) before the final ride to Cotacachi a visit to the plaza major and finally Claudio’s home to meet his wife, Sylvia. A quick transfer to the Otavalo bus terminal and straight on the bus back to Quito for $US5 for two. What a total experience fully recommended to anyone who wants a truely local experience.
Read more
Date of experience: September 2019
2 Helpful votes
Helpful
Share
Steven K wrote a review Sep 2019
Regina, Canada13 contributions3 helpful votes
I have been using Quichua tours for the past year and have never been disappointed. I bring in large groups from around the world and I can be very demanding in my expectations. They have provided us with airport transfers, orientation tours, and guided activities. Luis, Claudio and Wilmer are always on time and professional. If there is ever an issue they are always quick to resolve. On top of that, they help support local groups in their community. I highly recommend Quichua tours for whatever your travel needs may be. Dr Steve World Vets
Read more
Date of experience: September 2019
1 Helpful vote
Helpful
Share
Previous