Travel north of Quito to historic Hacienda Pinsaqui. Nestled in the Otavalo Valley in the shadow of Imbabura Volcano, enjoy your overnight stay in this 200 year old hacienda with gardens and textile shops to explore. Enjoy the most famous indian markets in the world in the center of Otavalo. Linger with indigenous people from the mountains who have descended to sell their crafts, textiles, cows and goats in the tiny town of Otavalo.
Day 1 : Quito to Otavalo Valley Day 2 : Otavalo Market
Depart Quito this morning to drive north to historic Hacienda Pinsaqui. The hacienda is nestled in the Otavalo valley in the shadow of Imbabura Volcano. From here visit the white city of Ibarra, the leather shops of Cotacachi, or take horses around Cuicocha Lake. The 200-year old hacienda with its gardens and old textile shops is yours to explore.
Day 2 Otavalo Market
Saturday is the largest market day in Otavalo although it is offered each day of the week. Indigenous people from the mountains descend into the valley to sell their crafts, textiles, cows, and goats in the tiny town of Otavalo. This is the most famous Indian market on the continent, and the good-hearted Otavaleños are certain to win your heart. Arrive early to the animal market for a riotous time of literal horse trading, and spend the day bargaining with the locals over fine sweaters, tapestries, and woodwork.
This was my first experience with Adventure Life - and I couldn't have been more pleased with the trip. The guides and local staff in both Buenos Aires and Uruguay were terrific - extremely helpful and accommodating. I really enjoyed meeting the friendly staff in Buenos Aires in person (I left my bags with them for the afternoon).
When to Go
Good to ideal period to travel, and many people choose to visit at this time.