Enjoy an in-depth and relaxed experience of Otavalo and Ecuador’s Province of the Lakes. Ecuador’s highland region is famous for its enduring Andean culture, artisans, handicrafts, Haciendas, nature reserves, beautiful landscapes, and regional cuisine. Visit the world famous Otovalo market and villages where crafts are produced by local artisans. Stay in centuries old colonial hacien das and enjoy delicious local cuisine. read more Enjoy an in-depth and relaxed experience of Otavalo and Ecuador’s Province of the Lakes. Ecuador’s highland region is famous for its enduring Andean culture, artisans, handicrafts, Haciendas, nature reserves, beautiful landscapes, and regional cuisine. Visit the world famous Otovalo market and villages where crafts are produced by local artisans. Stay in centuries old colonial haciendas and enjoy delicious local cuisine.
Day 1 - Andean Villages
Day 2 - Otavalo Market and Peguche
Day 3 - Cuicocha Lake and Cotacachi
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Day 1 - Andean VillagesDepart Quito early to for a scenic drive north of Quito to Calderón, a small town where unique bread dough figurines are made in many shapes and sizes. Continue on the relaxing drive along Guayllabamba and Cayambe Valleys while enjoying spectacular Andean scenery. At lunchtime arrive at the Hacienda Cusin, a restored 17th-century estate, in the nearby village of San Pablo. The hacienda offers a luxurious taste of Ecuador's colonial history among individually decorated rooms, gardens and courtyards. In the afternoon, visit the town of San Antonio de Ibarra, famous for the woodcarvings.
ACCOMMODATIONS:Hacienda Cusin or similar
MEALS:lunch and dinner
Day 2 - Otavalo Market and PegucheFor hundreds of years indigenous people from over seventy surrounding villages have brought their crafts and produce to the world famous market in Otovalo. Here you can get involved in the excitement of bargaining and buying or merely photograph native textiles, the original “Panama” hat, flowers, fruits, vegetables, and pottery arranged in colorful displays. Enjoy another delicious lunch at a nearby hacienda or hosteria in the area. This afternoon visit nearby villages of Peguche to observe traditional weaving and Cotocachi which is known for its leather work.
ACCOMMODATIONS:Hacienda Cusin or similar
MEALS:breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 3 - Cuicocha Lake and CotacachiVisit Cuicocha Lake and the town of Cotacachi, an entire town dedicated to fine leather products. Continue south for a visit to a rose plantation and lunch, before the return to Quito.
MEALS:breakfast and lunch
Itinerary NotesWe may occasionally alter itineraries slightly for safety, or to take advantage of weather, wildlife, and unplanned discoveries. Our ability to be spontaneous makes our style of travel unique.
Arrival & DepartureThe Otovalo Escape begins and ends in Quito and requires one pre and one post hotel night. Please plan flights to arrive anytime one day prior to day 1 of the itinerary and depart anytime one day after day 3 from Quito International Airport.
Departs Any Day:Prices listed are per person for double occupancy, unless noted otherwise. Contact the experts at AdventureSmith Explorations to book a departure.
$1150 - 2 Guests
$950 - 3 Guests
$850 - 4-5 Guests
$750 - 6+ Guests
$1850 - Single
IncludedTransportation, accommodations, local guides, entrance fees and meals as specified in itinerary.
ExclusionsAirfare to Ecuador, excess baggage charges, taxes and port fees, Quito airport international departure tax, gratuities to Naturalist Staff and crew, items of a personal nature such as alcoholic beverages, and insurance of any kind.
Room ConfigurationSingle rates available, as well as significant discounts for triple occupancy and groups traveling together. Contact AdventureSmith Explorations for pricing.
Payment & CancellationCall for pricing for groups of six or more. In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $500 is required at the time of booking. A Reservation Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Cancellations are subject to the following fees, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 91 days - 50% of deposit
90 to 31 days - 50% of total trip cost
30 to 0 days - 100% of total trip cost
Terms & ConditionsThis trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information is sent upon confirmation.
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