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Otavalo Market and Laguna Cuicocha Full-Day Tour from Quito

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Quito, Ecuador
Otavalo Market and Laguna Cuicocha Full-Day Tour from Quito

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icon10 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more
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Discover indigenous arts and local markets during this cultural tour of Otavalo Market and Laguna Cuicocha from Quito. Escape the city and journey into Ecuador's more rural hillsides as you follow your guide through some of the area's top cultural attractions.
  • Full-day Otavalo Market and Laguna Cuicocha tour
  • Escape the city and experience local life with an expert guide
  • Visit indigenous markets and quiet villages
  • Perfect for families
  • Round-trip transport and lunch included
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Professional and Bilingual Guide
Transportation from/to Quito's meeting point
Bizcochos $1
Market Purchases
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Quitzato Entrace Fee (Equador Line) $2 per person

Departure Point

Mariscal Foch E4-215, Quito 170143, Ecuador

7:15 am Leave from Plaza Foch (Mariscal Foch and Reina Victoria) - look for the tour bus. Dates: Tuesday and Saturday Return point: Plaza Foch

Departure Time

6:50 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • The tour operator reserves the right to change the itinerary without previous notice due to weather, National Park regulations or notifications and unforeseeable circumstances
  • Necessary equipment: Warm clothes, gloves, hat. Sunglasses & Sunscreen. Water, snacks. Hiking shoes. Camera and Waterproof jacket
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 18 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Ecuatraveling
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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34 Reviews
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Locating someone...
, Nov 2021
Locating someone (actually her mother) whose photo I had taken a few years ago and which was selected for a 2022 international calendar, a copy of which I took for her.
A wonderful tour!!
, Jul 2021
We had a wonderful time on this tour!! Instructions were clear on meeting points since the tour was public. We had the best tour guides, Carlos and Alejandro!!! They were so nice, knowledgeable and such positive energy!! We went to the Laguna Cuicocha, the markets and the Middle of the World! Each spot on the tour was informational and exciting! Lunch was delicious and good options for vegetarians which I appreciated! 10/10 would do again!!
I had an amazing time, walking among...
, Apr 2018
I had an amazing time, walking among the locals and through the market. it was great!
I enjoyed the shopping. Lunch was...
Tamara D
, Apr 2018
I enjoyed the shopping. Lunch was ok. I was disappointed that the guide allowed a few guests to sit down and have breakfast at the biscuit shop while the rest of us waited in the parking lot 20 plus minutes. The extra time spent there meant less time at the Otavalo market before it started raining. The hike was not so much of a hike but a visit to historic cultural sites. I wished I had known that prior to opting out because of the rain. If I had known there was more then just a walk in the rain I would have participated.
I would not recommend it for any...
, Mar 2018
I would not recommend it for any real traveler, unless you want to spend all day on a bus with short shopping spree. We had many short and longer stops at various shops/restaurants, where we could just buy something... We only spend 1 hour at the Otavalo market and ome 15 minutes at Laguna Cuicocha visitor center it was raining, but we even didn't get the option to walk a little- we had to continue to our next stop- lunch. The last stop at leather market for an hour didn't make any sense at all. The guide was nice and knowledgeable, but the trip is not worth the money.
Our tour was a little different in...
Jay G
, Nov 2017
Our tour was a little different in that we did not go to the Laguna, but we did the real equator site, Otavalo market and a late lunch in Cotacachi. Omar was a good guide and it was a very full and interesting day. Thank you!
Otavalo is where we bought the...
, Mar 2017
Otavalo is where we bought the souvenirs for our trip. However, most of the items could be found in Quito. Plan on bargaining over the price. The breakfast in Cayambe was good. If you plan on buying leather products Cotacatchi is the place to shop for all types of products. The lunch was amazing with soup, main dish, and dessert. The boat ride around Cuicocha Laguna gave us a view of some birds and trees around the two islands in the Laguna.
Nice places to see if you love...
, Feb 2017
Nice places to see if you love nature and great views, only recommend that the time spend in the market should be shorten when is not in weekends as the options are fewer. Food was great, tour guide good and friendly
Our guide was very good and had all...
Johannes B
, Feb 2017
Our guide was very good and had all sorts of interesting tidbits of information about the area. The tour was well organized and we enjoyed it very much. The highlight was the Laguna de Cuicocha - very beautiful
We had a great time visiting the...
, Jan 2017
We had a great time visiting the various places and our guide was very good. Thoroughly recomment this tour. I think I may have over-paid for my Panama Equadorian hat though.

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