Otavalo, Cotacachi and Cuicocha Day Trip from Quito

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Duration: 9 hours
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Experience Highlights

Experience an exciting adventure through Ecuador's spectacular landscapes with a 9-hour tour to Otavalo, Cotacachi and Cuicocha. Accompanied by a professional guide , you'll take stunning photos along the Panamerican Highway and get to know the local culture at the Otavalo market to sample delicious Cayambe biscuits or exchange handicrafts. You'll stop at the Cuicocha Lagoon, a beautiful crater lake below the majestic Cotacachi Volcano, where you can enjoy an optional relaxing boat ride (at an additional cost).

  • Enjoy a visit to the market in Otavalo, Cotacachi and Cuicocha.
  • Taste Cayambe biscuits and exchange handicrafts.
  • Learn about local traditions from a professional guide.
  • Take a boat ride on the Cuicocha lagoon (additional cost)
  • Choose the option with round-trip transfers from your hotel in Quito.

What’s included

  • Excursion to Otavalo, Cotacachi and Cuicocha
  • Transfers from the hotel (if you select this option)
  • Local guide
  • Food and beverages

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Step by Step

Enjoy a 9-hour guided tour to Otavalo, Cotacachi and Cuicocha travelling from Quito. You will start your journey by heading towards the famous Panamerican Highway where you will be able to enjoy majestic landscapes and mountains throughout the trip.

This adventure will be led by a local guide, who will take you to points of interest such as:

  • San Pedro Biscuit Factory: located in the town of Cayambe, where you will taste the delicious "bizcochos" biscuits that are prepared every morning in traditional wood-fired ovens.
  • Otavalo Market: one of the most famous and authentic markets in the Andean region. You can find a wide variety of handicrafts, textiles, jewellery and local food. Don't miss the opportunity to barter for interesting and unique items.
  • Peguches'art: known for its beautiful handmade crafts, such as leather bags, belts and Andean instruments. You can also find paintings and other works of art in the workshops and galleries in the area.
  • Cuicocha Lagoon: it has two volcanoes in its interior, creating a spectacular view. You can enjoy a small boat ride on the lagoon (at an additional cost), admiring the changing colours of the volcanic waters and the natural beauty that surrounds it.

You will have time to stroll around the town of Otavalo and buy a delicious meal at one of the stops along the way.

You can include transportation to and from your hotel in Quito at the time of booking, it is optional.

Reviews

4.7
· 1022 Reviews
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    Rosa
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    Formidable!!!
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    Alfredo
    4
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    We had an incredible weather, remarkable experience!!!
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    Yvaine
    5
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    We were a group of friends and colleagues, and we were all very satisfied with this excursion. We would do it again in a heartbeat.
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    Isabela
    4
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    Highly recommended!
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