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Day 1: Quito to Otavalo Valley

Depart Quito this morning and 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 or Otavalo Valley

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.

Or alternately relax on the lovely grounds of Hacienda Pinsaqui and enjoy the many options of recreation. Enjoy the gardens, hike, or go horseback riding at this beautiful historic hacienda.

Day 3: Return to Quito

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

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Hacienda Pinsaqui

Hacienda Pinsaqui
Hacienda Pinsaqui
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Saturday is the main market day at Otavalo, but travelers can visit on any day of the week.
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  • 2 Breakfasts
  • 2 Nights Accommodations
  • 3 Days Locally Hosted Guide Service
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Professional, bilingual guide service as listed
  • Excursions and activities as listed
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  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time

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