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Adventures in Ecuador! Otavalo Market

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Travel north of Quito to the My SachaJi Wellness Eco-lodge, near Otavalo. with panoramic views of Imbabura Volcano and Lago San Pablo, enjoy two nights in this health and wellness retreat. Explore the most famous indian markets in the world in Otavalo. Chat and barter with indigenous people from the mountains who have descended to sell their crafts, textiles, livestock in the tiny town of Otavalo.  Also, rest, relax, and take part in the wellness activities like yoga, medicinal plants class, and massages at My SachaJi.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Quito to Otavalo Valley
Day 2 : Otavalo Market or Otavalo Valley
Day 3 : Return to Quito


  • Learn to barter with the locals for unique, traditional handicrafts
  • Explore the beauty of the Otavalo Valley in the shadow of Imbabura Volcano
  • Enjoy wellness activities like yoga, medicinal plants & healing therapies

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Adventures in Ecuador! Otavalo Market SachaJi Wellness Hotel A local selling his weavings in the market SachaJi Wellness Hotel Playing a charango at the local market in Otavalo, Ecuador Fresh fruit in the Otavalo Market

Day 1 Quito to Otavalo Valley

Depart Quito this morning we drive north to SachaJi Wellness Hotel. The hotel is nestled in the Otavalo valley stunning views of the Imbabura Volcano and Lake San Pablo.  From here choose to visit the indigenous communities known for their textile and handicraft markets or relax at the hotel with a massage, medicinal plants workshop, or yoga class.

Day 2 Otavalo Market or Otavalo Valley

Everyday in Otavalo is market day, although Saturday is the largest market day. 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.

Or alternately relax on the lovely grounds of SachaJi and enjoy the many options of recreation. Enjoy the gardens, hike, have a massage, or go hiking or horseback riding at this beautiful hotel.

Day 3 Return to Quito

  • 1 Breakfast
Enjoy the world famous Otavalo Market this day with your guide, or relax on the grounds of SachaJi. Return to Quito this afternoon.

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  • 2 Breakfasts
  • 2 Nights Accommodations
    • 2 Nights Lodge
  • 3 Days Guide Service
  • Optional Excursions
    • Tour includes the following: one medicinal plants workshop, one yoga class, and one healing therapy session (Ayurveda, Relaxation massage, Equine assisted Therapy or reflexology)


  • $100 Meals not Included
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This was our first trip to South America and we were a little nervous. But Adventure Life made things so easy! All our questions were answered before we left, and our guide, Vidal, was amazing! He gave us enough space to explore without rushing us along. He also knew where the best picture taking opportunities were, which was great.
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