Imbabura Province

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  • Otavalo and Imbabura Sightseeing Tour from Quito

    1. Otavalo and Imbabura Sightseeing Tour from Quito

    Depart Quito and journey towards the Guayllabamba valley to see the Quitsato Sundial in La Mitad Del Mundo, built to share the astronomical knowledge of the pre-Hispanic cultures of the region. Pass over the line of the equator and continue towards the largest indigenous market in South America. Shop for souvenir textiles and traditional crafts at the Mercado de Ponchos, where the locals sell tagua nut jewelry, fake shrunken heads, hand-painted trays, spices, spools of wool and other interesting items under mushroom-shaped umbrellas. Get back to nature at the Peguche waterfall, popular with the locals who go there to take a sacred bath on the eve of Inti Raymi. Continue towards the caldera lake of Cuicocha in the Cotacachi-Cayapas Reserve (excluding holidays) and get stunning views of the Cotacachi Volcano before driving back to Quito.

    Longer day than expected (12 hours vs. 10 in the description), but worth it! All the stops were great. Bring an extra duffle bag to fill with all the beautiful textiles from the market, you'll want to buy everything.

  • From Quito: Otavalo, Cotacachi & Cuicocha Full-Day Tour

    2. From Quito: Otavalo, Cotacachi & Cuicocha Full-Day Tour

    Escape the hustle and bustle of city life in Quito and discover the ease and beauty of the Ecuadorian countryside. Depart from Quito through the Pan-American North Highway via Cayambe. Passengers will have the opportunity to taste the delicious Bizcochos de Cayambe, a type of cracker or bread baked in a clay oven, greatly paired with local cheese or caramel sauce. Afterwards, make a brief stop at Miralago to admire a wonderful view of Lago San Pablo. The tour then continues to Otavalo where Otavaleños (natives) set up a market in which a bartering manner of shopping is taken place. The market hosts a variety of different handcrafted items. You may choose between staying in this area and enjoying more time at the market (a bus will pick you up at the end of the tour*), or you can continue the tour to visit Cotacachi and Cuicocha. If you continue the tour, journey to ...

    Our guide Dani and driver Hector were very pleasant, knowledgeable and fun. We had an amazing day thanks to these two gems!!! Thanks so much guys- we will always remember Ecuador in a special way because of you!!

  • Otavalo: Small Group Market Tour from Quito with Lunch

    3. Otavalo: Small Group Market Tour from Quito with Lunch

    Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in Quito, and then journey by private vehicle towards the lively indigenous bazaar of Otavalo Market. Make brief stops at the village of Guayabamba and get an amazing view of San Pablo Lake and the surrounding landscape. Try some of the local biscochos (cookies) typical of the region along the way. Visit a weaving workshop in Peguche to learn about the handmade artisanal products and clothes typical of the region. Get back on the road to arrive at Otavalo Market and join the locals who come to sell their wares at the most spectacular market in Latin America. Buy unique souvenirs or just watch the hustle and bustle of the market vendors. Stop for lunch in the village of Cotacachi before making your way to the beautiful crater lake of Cuicocha at the foot of Cotacachi Volcano. Return to Quito at the end of a day full of activities and get dropp...

  • Otavalo: Private Tour from Quito

    4. Otavalo: Private Tour from Quito

    Otavalo is a gorgeous and enchanted town. You can embark upon a complete tour for which you can customize your itinerary but the program below is the most recommended. It is also possible to make a stop at a rose farm and get an explanation of the growing process. Otavalo city is Ecuador's most representative city in the Highlands due to its amazing handicraft work, beautiful lakes, falls, delicious gastronomy and very kind and polite people. Itinerary 

    • 8:00 AM: Pickup at hotel in Quito and start driving to Otavalo
    • 10:00 AM: Coffee or chocolate and local biscochos at Lago San Pablo
    • 11:00 AM: Visit to the Condor park including a bird show with Eagles and Hawks
    • 12:30 PM: Visit to Otavalo’s market and have local lunch
    • 2:30 PM: Visit to Cot...

  • Quito: Otavalo, Cotacachi, Cuicocha Photography Tour

    5. Quito: Otavalo, Cotacachi, Cuicocha Photography Tour

    Drive through Ecuador's breathtaking rural scenery, stopping along the way to take photos at some amazing spots. Learn how to capture the landscape from a professional photographer. Enjoy diverse landscapes as you make your way through the countryside. Stop at an indigenous market, see traditional clothing, customs, and handicrafts. Admire the views of Lago San Pablo and try some delicious Bizcochos de Cayambe pastries. Stop at Miralago for stunning views of Lago San Pablo. See the wonderful Cuicocha lagoon before finishing off your day with a stop in Otavalo.

  • From Quito: Imbabura Province Day Trip

    6. From Quito: Imbabura Province Day Trip

    Visit the main attractions of the Imbabura Province in just 8 hours with this all-encompassing tour. Departing from Quito, head north, making a stop at the San Pablo Lake viewpoint to admire panoramic views of the Imbabura volcano. You will also have the opportunity to sample some traditional local snacks from the area here. Next, continue towards Otavalo, where you can visit the largest indigenous market in South America. Do some souvenir shopping or simply admire the stalls selling everything from paintings to traditional ponchos. Break for lunch at the market, where you have a wide variety of dining options. Finally, head to your final stop, the Laguna Cuicocha. Spend some time admiring this 3-kilometer wide crater lake. Stroll around its outskirts and witness the two guinea pig-like islands in the center which give the lake its name (cuicocha means lake of the guinea pigs in the Ki...

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What people are saying about Imbabura Province

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 35 reviews

Longer day than expected (12 hours vs. 10 in the description), but worth it! All the stops were great. Bring an extra duffle bag to fill with all the beautiful textiles from the market, you'll want to buy everything.

Our guide Dani and driver Hector were very pleasant, knowledgeable and fun. We had an amazing day thanks to these two gems!!! Thanks so much guys- we will always remember Ecuador in a special way because of you!!

Our guide, Daniel, was very knowledgeable and professional. We saw some beautiful places n learned a lot about volcanoes. The shopping bazaar was exactly what we were looking for. A great value for a full day.

A must see fit there, the culinary culture and crafts. But prices are high, bargain! On the way there we stopped at several places that were very nice!

Interesting tour

It was a good tour and the places were well chosen. Highlight the visit to the house of the family of Joseph the musician