Early departure to Otavalo, city located north of Quito (1 ½ hr) in the Imbabura province, characterized by picturesque lakes, magnificent sierras and terraced patchwork farmlands. On our way, we make a short stop at the town of Calderon to see the intricate bread dough figurines made by the local people . We continue our drive towards the The Quitsato Sundial, a cultural-touristic place located at La Mitad Del Mundo, 47km at North of Quito. It was built at 2006 and inaugurated at 2007 as an independent, non-profit project. Its main goal is to divulge crucial aspects of the astronomical knowledge related to Mitad del Mundo for prehispanic cultures who lived in the region.
We head to Cayambe to try the typical bizcochos in order to continue to the Otavalo market. Home to the hard-working and enterprising Otavalo Indians, here you will be able to visit their famous outdoor markets where ponchos, embroidered blouses, ceramics, wall hangings, leather crafts and locally produced jewelry are sold.
Lunch and in the afternoon visit to Peguche community, home to skill craftsmen dedicated to the design and manufacture of textiles known worldwide for its excellent quality and attractive designs
Overnight at a local Hacienda.
After breakfast, we will visit the small town of Cotacachi, which is known for its leather industry, and Lake Cuicocha, located in a volcanic crater. Its name comes from the Kichwa indigenous language and means “Lago del Cuy” or Guinea Pig Laguna in English. It was given this name due to the guinea pig shape of the largest Island in the middle of the laguna.
Return to Quito.