This program is a 2-day cultural immersion that takes you through Northern Andes’s beautiful area to explore the worldwide famous indigenous market of Otavalo and its fascinating community of local entrepreneurs. This all-inclusive program allows you to choose the hotel classes to fit your budget and comfort.
Standard Class: Hotel Casa del Sol.
Comfort Class: Cabañas del Lago
Luxury Class: La Mirage Garden Spa.
Lodging for 01 night.
Workshops, waterfall, National Reserve admission fee, community cultural immersion.
Day 01: Andean Community Workshop - Cuicocha Lake.
The excursion starts at 8 am from your hotel in Quito. Meet your guide and board a vehicle heading North of Quito and towards Imbabura Province. On the way, we will stop at San Pablo´s Lake viewpoint to take some pictures and where we will try some delicious biscochos (local traditional buttery cookies). Around 11:00 am in our private vehicle, we will begin to visit the Peguche village where artisan workshops are dedicated to making crafts and clothing using materials such as; sheep and alpaca wool. In addition, we will visit an Andean musical instrument workshop and to complement our tour we will enjoy a short walk inside the Protected Forest Cascada de Peguche, then we continue to the city of Cotacachi to enjoy lunch and then have some free time, walk and visit the city. When we finish walking and visiting the city, we prepare to go to the Cuicocha crater lake, located 15 minutes away from the city. There we will be able to walk for a moment along the edge of the Cuicocha crater, our gentle guide will tell you about plants, native animals, and the history that is hidden in such a beautiful place. Overnight in Otavalo.
Day 02: Cultural Immersion - Otavalo Market.
Breakfast in the hotel. We will head to visit an indigenous community for cultural immersion and activities such as gardening work, participate in the traditional harvest of potatoes, quinoa, or other vegetables, cooking together, preparation of family festivities, etc. Typical Ecuadorian menu lunch. After that, we will visit the Otavalo Market. You will have the opportunity to walk through the market to see the different stands and local people exhibiting their multicolored handicrafts and souvenirs. On the way back to Quito, we will make a short stop at the Equator Sundial Monument.