Otavalo Tour

From $99 per person

A full day private tour to the northern lake district of Quito. As well as the popular Otavalo market we visit local artisan workshops, a delicious bakery and make a stop on the Equator line.

  • Activity Level: Easy
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Highlights: Quitsato Sundial on Equator, local biscuit sampling, volcano and lake views, colourful weaving workshops, Andean music, indigenous communities & Otavalo market
Fabric dolls in traditional Andean dress and hats on sale in Otavalo Market, Ecuador


Departing from Quito, we travel north to the ‘lake district’ of Ecuador. Our first stop of the day is at the Quitsato Museum, a giant sun dial which is located exactly on the Equator line. Here our traditional thinking about the Earth is challenged through revolutionary theories proposed by the museum. Great photo opportunity.

We then continue on to the town of Cayambe to see the local bakers at work and sample their bizcochos, a delicate savoury biscuit, served with coffee and fresh cheese or dulce de leche.

After enjoying the wonderful views of the San Pablo Lake at the base of the Imbabaura Volcano we continue on to Peguche. Here we can visit a master weaver’s home and learn more about the traditional art of back-strap weaving, and also visit a family of Andean musicians who elaborate their musical instruments by hand and happily share their music with us.

Lunch in a local restaurant (not included)

We end up at the colourful handicraft market in Otavalo, where many different indigenous people, with their unique traditional dress and customs, from all across Ecuador, sell their artisan products and wares.


Prices 2024

2 people
$159 p/p
3 - 4 people
$118 p/p
5 - 6 people
$99 p/p

Price includes:
Private transportation, top English speaking guide, entrance fees to Quitsato Museum.

Not included:
Lunch, tips and personal expenses

Prices are stated in US Dollars.
Prices are valid until 31st December 2024.
This tour begins and ends in the city of Quito. For pick up / drop off in Quito airport extra charges will apply.

Quitsato Museum and Sundial
Local biscuits known as "bizcochos" baking in a traditional wood oven, Cayambe
San Pablo Lake look out with Imbabura Volcano
Master weaver's home and workshop
Traditional weaving demonstration in Peguche, Otavalo
Colourful wares on display in Otavalo Handicraft Market
Colourful weavings in Otavalo market
Otavalo dolls for sale in Otavalo Handicraft Market