Indigenous Otavalo Market Day Tour

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Indigenous Otavalo Market Day Tour



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Indigenous Otavalo Market Day Tour

The Otavalo Market day tour is a wonderful way to discover and combine the famous artesian indigenous market in Ecuador and some of the amazing views outside Otavalo.

This tour begins with a scenic drive north of Quito through the Sierra highlands. Our first stop will be at Quitsato Sundial located at the Equator line, where you can balance on the equator! Then we’ll continue to Cayambe where we can taste and learn about the town’s famous bizcochos (local biscuits), here you can also have breakfast. From that point, we’ll continue to the famous market of Otavalo where you’ll have the option to purchase local handicrafts. The main market day in Otavalo is Saturday; however, this tour can be operated throughout the week (Tuesdays). Our professional guide will provide you an explanation of the indigenous people of this area, such as the Quitu-Cara, and other pre-Inca groups, and some extra information about the city. Afterward, we’ll go to the beautiful Laguna Cuicocha, which is located in a volcano crater and contains 2 green islands. Our last stop will be Cotacachi, a town famous for its leather garments. Before strolling through this town we receive lunch in a local restaurant. Afterward, we return to Quito.

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Exploring Otavalo market
PinExploring Otavalo market

Exploring Otavalo market

Tasting the Cayambe bizcochos
PinTasting the Cayambe bizcochos

Tasting the Cayambe bizcochos

Solar Watch / Community Project
PinSolar Watch / Community Project

Solar Watch / Community Project


Additional Information

Indigenous Otavalo Market Day Tour

Tour Info

MontemarDeparture days shared tour : Tue, Sat
MontemarDeparture days private tour : Everyday


MontemarShared Tour: Professional and bilingual guide, lunch, transportation from/ to Quito
MontemarPrivate Tour: Professional and bilingual guide, private transportation from Hotel – Otavalo – Hotel

Not Included

MontemarQuitsato: $ 5 entrance fee
MontemarBizcochos in Cayambe
MontemarMarket purchases
MontemarTips & gratuities
MontemarPrivate tour does not include lunch

What to bring

Cash (many places visited do not accept debit or credit cards)

Water and snacks

Waterproof jacket



Camera with spare cards & batteries




Very good organization; always fast communication/response by Pablo/EcuaTraveling. The program took us to places and people we would not have selected/visited and that made it unique. The acclimatization tour @ Iliniza Norte was a great choice!

Victoria S

Victoria S

Working with this company has been a pleasure. Christina was responsive, helpful, thoughtful, accommodating and extremely pleasant to work with. Waita Lodge is THE PLACE TO STAY in the Amazon. Owned and operated by local Ecuadorians, you get their true experience, and with passion, of the Amazon from people with an authentic love and care for the local community and environment of the Amazon. The food was amazing, meals prepared beautifully, service attentive and the environment homey. Portion of the profits go to advocacy efforts in the local communities of the Amazon.

Marisol S

Marisol S

We had a great experience with our tour guide Stui! He told us so much about the volcanos, the history and people of the region! We enjoyed the tour because we got to taste Bizcochos at the place where they are made, we went to Lago de San Pablo, the Otavalo market, Cotacachi and hiked a bit in Cuicocha to see the beautiful lake! This experience was amazing,many thanks to our guide Stui, you are going a great job!!!