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Otavalo and Cuicocha Lake

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Day 1 : Otavalo and Cuicocha Lake

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Cuicocha Lake

Day 1 Otavalo and Cuicocha Lake

One day geographical and cultural tour. Drive to Calderón, a small village about 10 km. north-east of Quito. Calderón is a famous center for a unique Ecuadorian folk art. Here the native people make attractive decorations from dough. We'll continue to Guachala, a community transected by the equator, and pass through Cayambe on the way. Arriving in Otavalo we'll visit the famous Indian Market which dates back to pre-Inca times. Finally we'll visit Cotacachi, which has good leather shopping opportunities, and Cuicocha - the ancient eroded volcanic crater, famous for its deep lake found within. Views of the lake and surrounding mountains are excellent when the weather is good.

This tour runs daily, but we recommend arranging it on a Saturday.
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This Add-on is available only for our travelers extending or customizing their itinerary. Pool service on Saturdays only - $75/person. Pool service includes trip to Calderón, Otavalo and Cotacachi but does not include Cuicocha.


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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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Good to ideal period to travel, and many people choose to visit at this time.

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