You will be picked up at El Portal Shopping mall at 9h00. In our way to Otavalo, we will make a stop at Mirador of San Pablo Lake – 2,660 meters (8,727 feet) where you could get delicious bizcochos (the typical pastries of this area). We will continue the tour by visiting the Otavalo market known as “Plaza de los Ponchos” to admire the beauty of Ecuadorian handicrafts and do some shopping. If you need help to bargain or get a “yapa” for your purchase, we will be glad to give you a hand with that. We will have a delicious and traditional lunch at Cotacachi, known as the “leather town”. If you want to do some additional shopping this is the perfect place to buy things made of leather at very convenient prices. We will finish this tour by visiting Cuicocha lake 3,246 meters (10,649 feet), a stunning lake located in the crater of Cotacachi volcano. Here you can do a boat tour or simply walk around while admiring the beauty of this lake. After the boat ride you will get a shot of canalezo (the traditional drink of the Andes made of cinnamon with or without alcohol). We will be back in Quito at around 17h00. **If you are only 1 person booking this trip, a single supplement of $85 will be added. ***If you do not see this experience available on Airbnb on the dates you require, feel free to message us to verify our availability
I am Cristina, an Ecuadorian travel lover and extremely proud of the beauties of my country. I have a strong experience in tourism as well as in other industries which I obtained working in Ecuador and abroad. I am now managing my own tourism business by providing an unforgettable and unique experience to travelers by showing them the hidden secrets of Ecuador that cannot be found in travel books or websites. I hold a Master in International Business. I have lived in the USA, Italy, France and Germany. Therefore, if you do not speak SPANISH, do not worry I can also speak ENGLISH, FRENCH
Traditional meal in Cotacachi. Options for vegetarians are available.
A shot of canelazo (the traditional drink of the Andes made of cinnamon with or without alcohol).
Entrance fee to Cotacachi Cayapas Ecological Reserve and ticket for Boat ride in Cuicocha lake.
A small vehicle for groups of 2 people. A Mini-Van for groups of 3 - 9 people.
When going to Otavalo there is a hidden place which has an amazing view of San Pablo lake. Every single person who goes with me there ends up loving it. Here you will enjoy a delicious chocolate with a bizcocho. Otavalo is the most colorful market of Ecuador where you can find amazing handicrafts, traditional tapestries and woolens. Cuicocha is a stunning lake located in the crater of an active volcano called Cotacachi
Jacket and comfortable shoes.
* If you are the only person booking this experience, you will have to pay a single supplement of 85 USD when starting the tour. ** For your own safety, it is important for you to have travel insurance that includes medical insurance.
OTAVALO & Lake in an active VOLCANO