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Otavalo Market

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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-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Quito to Otavalo Valley
Day 2 : Otavalo Market

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  • Independent

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Ecuadorian woman and her llama in Otavalo Colorful necklaces at the Otavalo Market Fresh fruit in the Otavalo Market The colors of Otavalo Market are exquisite! Bargain Hunting at the Otavalo Animal Market Otavalo local market A traveler haggles with an artisan worker at the Otavalo Market The historic Hacienda Pinsaqui near Otavalo

Day 1 Quito to Otavalo Valley

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

  • 1 Breakfast
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.

Return to Quito in the late afternoon.

Hacienda Pinsaqui

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Saturday is the main market day at Otavalo, but travelers can visit on any day of the week.


  • 1 Breakfast
  • 1 Nights Accommodations
    • 1 Night Lodge
  • 2 Days Private Guide Service


  • Both International Arrival and Departure Transfers are excluded.
  • International Flights

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  • $60 Meals not Included
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Beyond expectations! Then again we weren't sure what to expect. Lovely stay at the lodge, met other like-minded travelers (many had their trips planned by Adventure Life) and the owner was a gracious hostess. It felt like you were one happy family, visiting with a favorite aunt.
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Good to ideal period to travel, and many people choose to visit at this time.

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