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Otavalo, Cotacachi and Cuicocha Tour With Optional Hotel Pick-Up - "Small Group"

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icon9 hours  (Approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Journey through Ecuador’s incredible landscapes and stop on route for photos and to visit Otavalo Market on this tour from Quito. Head north along the Pan-American highway, taste biscuits in Cayambe, and hop out at Otavalo Market to experience the local shopping culture by bartering for handicrafts. Then, stop at Cuicocha Lagoon—a crater lake below Cotacachi Volcano—to snap photos and perhaps take an optional boat ride (additional cost).
  • Otavalo Market, Cotacachi, and Cuicocha Lagoon tour from Quito
  • Combine scenery and shopping in one effortless day
  • Buy crafts at Otavalo and sail on Cuicocha Lake (extra cost) below Cotacachi
  • Upgrade to add pickup and drop-off at select Quito hotels
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Hotel Pick-Up and Drop Off (if you select this option)
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Departure Point

Luis Cordero 444, Quito 170143, Ecuador

Departure Time

7:40 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Leave Quito and head northward on the famed Pan-American Highway. 

Head to the town of Cayambe, where tasty "bizcochos" biscuits are made fresh each morning. Watch as local men and women bake off the cookies in traditional wood ovens and sample a few of the buttery delights while they are still warm. 

Then, make your way to Otavalo, where you meet Otavaleños (natives) as they prepare for market. Peruse the wares and barter for interesting items found only at this colorful marketplace.

Continue on to Peguche, which is known for its handmade leather bags, belts, and traditional workshops making Andean instruments. You have plenty of time to visit the village and do some shopping here.

Next, in Cotacachi, visit the Cuicocha Lagoon for the chance to take a small-boat ride (additional cost) and admire the changing colors of the volcanic waters.

Enjoy some free time for lunch (own expense). 

On the way back to Quito, pick up passengers who stayed in Otavalo.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Fabrica de Bizcochos de Don Pedro.
Known for its delicious “Bizcochos de Cayambe”, a type of cracker or bread baked in a clay oven (greatly paired with local cheese or caramel sauce).
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Otavalo Market
One of the most spectacular artisanal markets in all of South America. The activity of the Plaza de Ponchos is aimed at the commercialization of various handicrafts, both local, regional, national and international. The artisanal production representative of the fair are the Otavalo textiles, there is also artisanal production in clay, paint, wood, jewelery, goldsmith's, saddlery, marzipan, ceramics, etc.
Duration: 1 hour 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Peguches'art
An andean instrument workshop "Ñanda Mañachi" located in the area of Peguche, to spend some special moments with the local people and understand the Andean culture.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Laguna Cuicocha
This lagoon rests in a volcanic caldera in the foothills of the Cotacachi volcano and its waters change in hue according to the sun and its two islets composed of lava and volcanic rock.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Optional pick-up and drop-off from selected hotels at an additional cost.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Gray Line Ecuador

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Otavalo, Cotacachi and Cuicocha Tour With Optional Hotel Pick-Up - "Small Group"?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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What is the policy on sanitization during Otavalo, Cotacachi and Cuicocha Tour With Optional Hotel Pick-Up - "Small Group"?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Otavalo, Cotacachi and Cuicocha Tour With Optional Hotel Pick-Up - "Small Group"?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Otavalo, Cotacachi and Cuicocha Tour With Optional Hotel Pick-Up - "Small Group"?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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Q:
What is the maximum group size during Otavalo, Cotacachi and Cuicocha Tour With Optional Hotel Pick-Up - "Small Group"?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers.

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Otavalo
nedbandojo
, Jan 2020
I thought the market will not have as much sellers, as I went on a Tuesday (which is a non-peak day), but it seemed complete with not so many buyers. Perfect if you want to avoid the stress of an over-crowded area! 🙂 Cotocachi was fantastic which even had a short yet scenic hike! Thanks Heidi for being a wonderful guide!
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Great tour!
Allison L
, Jun 2019
This tour was great! We got to visit a musician and all of the instruments he made. We also was able to visit the Otavalo market where we were able to buy goods made by the indigenous people of the area. Our tour guide, Juan David, was excellent and knowledgeable. Due to the diversity of the group, Juan had to converse in Spanish and English for the entire tour. There was one woman who was very demanding of Juan's time during the tour. He was very patient in answering all of her multiple questions with a smile, even though the rest of us were getting annoyed with her. He showed a lot of class and patience. The only negative was the lunch. It was just average. We had eaten very, very good food during our trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos and this lunch was only so-so. Sad it was our last meal before we left for home. I can't remember the name of the restaurant, but it was Italian. Other than the meal, this tour was very educational and fun.
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Otavalo and Cotacachi
Voyager53689424611
, Mar 2019
Experienced and wonderful guide was provided. Some of the smaller stops could have been deleted so the trip wasn’t 11 hours. The recommended restaurant seemed a bit pricey and full of other bus tourists. There was confusion on hotel pickup which they need to clear up online.
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Otavalo experience
Trip3430
, Oct 2018
What a fun trip! It was like getting 4 or more mini trips all in one. The guide was fantastic!Thank you tour operators with coordinating with our hotel for pickup.
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We didn’t need the stop to see the...
deryck g
, Jan 2018
We didn’t need the stop to see the traditional faith healer. The local who came on board the bus to sing and sell her products was annoying. Otavalo needs to improve. Vendors don’t sell unique one of a kind handmade products. All Looks factores made.
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Loved our time at the Otavalo...
Paul D
, Nov 2017
Loved our time at the Otavalo Market! Bought gifts for stocking stuffers this holiday season!
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Great tour! My only complaint was...
Julia B
, Aug 2017
Great tour! My only complaint was that, since I wasn't actually staying at my pickup hotel, it was hard to find out what time the bus was actually coming to pick me up. I had to ask my hotel to call the night before.
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The weather and sights are amazing...
Ann F
, Jun 2017
The weather and sights are amazing in June. This is a full day. The street market in Otavalo was colorful and fun. Quite a contrast to the leather town of Cototaxi. The lunch spot was an authentic Ecuadoran restaurant filled with locals, delicious and a good value.
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Excellent tour...William our English...
Albert P
, Feb 2017
Excellent tour...William our English guide was very informed of the people's, cultures and area...we learned a lot about Ecuador..well worth the price..unbelievable sized market with foods and handcrafted items..a must see..
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Excellent guide,time at stop,expert...
mvillars
, Jan 2017
Excellent guide,time at stop,expert drivernot an easy task up and down those hilltop roads. Great restaurant,time for shopping, biscocho break ...everything was great! Timely pick up too.
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