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Otavalo Day Tour

Day Hike around Cuicocha Lagoon

Otavalo Day Tour

Enjoy a true cultural experience on the Otavalo Day Tour. This is a flexible private day tour so you will be able to customize it depending on what you would like to see and do. We warn you – there is a lot to see! This private tour is limited to 3 people so can enjoy a more intimate experience with your guide.

Highlights

  • Enjoy a short hike or boat ride at Cuicocha Lagoon
  • Learn the sacred rituals of Cuicocha Lagoon
  • Learn about traditional handmade crafts in Peguche
  • Visit the famous Otavalo Market
  • Stroll down "leather street" in Cotacachi
  • Take a short walk to the spectacular Peguche Falls

Quick Details

  • Private tour with flexible schedule
  • Any day of week
  • Start time: 07h30
  • Hotel pick up/drop off
  • Duration: 11-12 hours
  • Effort level: Easy
  • Tour limit: 3 guests
  • Bilingual guide
  • Private vehicle transport

Price per person

  • 90
  • 3 guests
  • 135
  • 2 guests
  • 260
  • 1 guest
  • For bookings: Please pay a $60 deposit on our secure payment portal. Balance to be settled at the start of the tour.
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Tour price includes:

Bilingual tour guide

Private vehicle transport  

All entrance fees (if applicable) 

 


Excludes

Gratuities (optional)

Lunch ($5-7) 

Day snacks

Personal hydration 

Additional activities such as boat ride on Cuicocha ($4)

Departure point/time: 

Your hotel in Quito at 07h30

What to expect:

Otavalo is about a 90 minute drive north of Quito. We usually drive through Otavalo and straight on to Cuicocha Lagoon. 
 
Here, you can take a short hike on the crater of this beautiful lagoon. Cuicocha is known for its wild flora and ancient rituals. During the week, we recommend that you visit the town of Cotacachi and view their beautiful handcrafted leather wear.

 

Afterwards, we suggest visit the town of Peguche (near to Otavalo), where you can learn about handmade craft techniques practiced by the Quechua people. From here, it is possible to take a short walk to the spectacular 18 m high Peguche Falls.

Lastly, travel to the Otavalo Saturday market where you can browse Plaza de Ponchos (recommended for tours taken on Saturday). Here you will be able to pick up a few souvenirs at a bargain. 

Depending on your schedule, you could stop for lunch in either Cotacachi or Otavalo. Both are well known for their delicious food such as fritada. 

Return point/approximate time:

Your hotel in Quito at 18h30

Each guest must bring their passport. This is usually checked at the park entrances.

What to bring:

Passport

Extra cash for lunch

Sun protection cream

Hat/cap, sunglasses

Fleece jacket

Rain jacket

Camera

Small day backpack (15 Liters)

1-2 liters of water/energy drinks & snacks

What to wear:

Comfortable clothing/footwear for walking

Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any questions about the Otavalo Day Tour.

Visit beautiful Cuicocha Lagoon
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Cuicocha Lagoon
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The famous Otavalo Saturday Market
Otavalo market crafts
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See the indigenous weavers at work in the town of Peguche
Otavalo and Cuicocha Lagoon Day Tour
Learn about the traditional weaving methods in Peguche.
The spectacular Peguche waterfalls
The spectacular Peguche waterfalls

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