CULTURAL TOURS ECUADOR
OTAVALO INDIGENOUS MARKET
Without a doubt, Otavalo City is the most etnically-important city in the Andes of Ecuador. Its charming landscape, history and strong cultural richness are just some of the aspects that make of this city the inter-cultural capital of Ecuador.
Otavalo city is home to the Otavalos, a world-famous kichwa indigenous coummunity, known for holding strong to their cultural heritage and for their excellent webbing and comercial skills. Otavalo's diverse artisanal products are exhibited in the multicolored labyrinth of "Plaza de Ponchos", the largest indigenous market of South America.
Some of the products you can find in the market include: paintings, jewelry, musical instruments, handicrafts, and all kind of textiles made out of llama, vicuna and alpaca wool.
QUITO CITY TOURS
In 1978, UNESCO declared Quito a World Cultural Heritage for having the best preserved and least-altered historic center of the Americas. Go back in time three centuries to the colonial period as you visit breath-taking churches bathed in gold, monumental buildings built with the most amazing multi-faceted range of arquitectural styles, and heritage museums known for hosting a wide range of pictoral art and scultpure from as late as 1934.
SUGGESTED PROGRAM AND ITINERARY
We have carefully put together the following 4 Day itinerary wich allows you to fully absorb the cultural essence of Colonial Quito and Otavalo. This itinerary can be combined with any other tour. To checkout our suberb birwatching itineraries please click HERE
DAY 1: Airport transfer from Quito Airport to San Jorge Eco-lodge Quito. Overnight: San Jorge Eco-lodge Quito.
DAY 2 - Old Colonial Quito City Tour: After breakfast, explore with your guide the most well-preserved colonial city in the Americas, considered part of the Cultural Patrimony of Humanity by UNESCO and named by the World Travel Awards as South America's Leading Destination in 2013 and 2014. Your guide will take you to the most representative colonial churches and museums were you will learn about history, archeology, folklore and baroque colonial art. Includes 3 meals (Lunch at typical restaurant). Overnight: San Jorge Eco-lodge Quito.
DAY 3 - Otavalo Indian Market:
8:00 AM: Departure to Otavalo.
9:30 AM: Visit to the Solar Museum in the Middle of the world near Cayambe.
10:00 AM Visit to "Biscocho" factory to taste one of the most iconic pastry of Ecuadorian Andes and "Queso de Hoja" cheese.
10:30 AM: Quick stop at Lago San Pablo Lake. Stunning andean landscape.
11:00 AM: Arrival to Otavalo Market. 1:15 hour to explore the market on your own.
12:15 PM Lunch at the most traditional restaurant in Otavalo.
1:30 PM: Please choose one of the following options.
Option A: To continue on with your shopping spree, visit to a indigenous house in the outskirts of Otavalo. For generations this family has worked in the production of hand-made vicuna, alpaca, and guanaco textiles. If you are looking for a more exlusive, hand-made, and 100% guaranteed product, this place is for you. - 20 minute drive from Otavalo.
Option B: For a more spiritual experience, visit to the village of the best shamans in South America. Learn about their culture and take part of their sacred healing ceremony (cleansening) - 18 minute drive from Otavalo.
Option C: Visit the town of San Antonio de Ibarra declared a cultural and artistic heritage of Ecuador in 2011. This little town between Ibarra and Otavalo is home to best wood carvers in the country. You will visit one of the workshops where carvigs of religious figures, murals, furniture, and animals can be admired and buyed.
Inlcudes: Round-trip transportation (Quito-Otavalo-Quito), english-speaking guide, lunch at a traditional restaurant in Otavalo, entrance fee to the museum in the middle of the world (Cayambe).