Otavalo Indigenous Market, Lakes and Folklore

Without a doubt the most famous indigenous market in Ecuador is in Otavalo. It is because of the colorful fabrics, intricate embroideries, music, and more importantly, for its conservation of its customs that have made this market a place you can’t miss out on if you are in Ecuador.

The entire experience, starting out in Quito northbound, is an incredible adventure. Along the way there are many picturesque and unique sites such as Quitsato and the Middle of the World monument (La Mitad del Mundo) that marks when we pass from the southern to northern hemisphere.

List of attractions: Quitsato sundial ,  Rosa Prima rose plantation , Chirimoyas (custard apple) tasting, visit to the Indigenous Market, Cuicocha and San Pablo lakes, visit to Cotacachi

Duration of Tour: Full Day


The view of the beautiful San Pablo Lake, in the foothills of Imbabura just before we reach Otavalo, prepares you for the beautiful Andean town. Its smells of eucalyptus, the firewood that heats the bricks used to build houses, along with the experience of the many different textures, colors, and sensations in this colorful indigenous market, make this visit hard to forget. You will have the opportunity to share in its traditions and visit the oldest Colonial farm in Ecuador: Guachalá, dating back to 1580. 

Otavalo invites its visitors to have an enjoyable encounter with its people. Take time to interact with vendors and live as part of the culture of one of the oldest and most emblematic civilizations in Ecuador and the Andean region. 

In Otavalo’s indigenous market you will find artisans of leather, wood, fabric, embroidery, marzipan art, and jewelry that will make you wish that you had brought an extra bag when you return home! 

Spend time with the people of Otavalo and find out more about their world with us at Quito City Tour and Travel. We will show you in a different and unique way their culture, history, and all of the details that make this trip a wonderful experience. 

  • Visit to the Otavalo Indigenous market
  • Visit to the Cotacachi leather market
  • Visit to Lake San Pablo
  • Visit to Condor Estates Historical Park
  • Visit to a rose plantation

  • Hotels and accommodation
  • Food
  • Other beverages
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips and gratuity

Conditions of Payment:

  • More than 30 days before the tour: 25% confirmation deposit due (50% reimbursable)
  • 30 days before the tour: 75% of total payment due (non-reimbursable)
  • Payment and policies are subject to change according to final products and services, and without notice.

Forms of Payment:

  • International Bank transfers
  • Local deposits made in cash or by local check
  • Credit card through PayPal (with service fee)


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