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Departs: Quito, Quito

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Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.

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What's Included

A bag of bizcochos

A fantastic cup of coffee

Certified Bilingual Guide

Private transportation

What's Not Included

Entrance Fees

Extra activities not mentioned on the itinerary

Personal Expenses and Souvenirs

Tips for the guide/driver

Traveler Information

  • INFANT: Age: 0 - 2
  • CHILD: Age: 3 - 11
  • ADULT: Age: 12 - 99

Additional Info

  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Specialized infant seats are available
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • All our staff has been fully vaccinated for Covid-19
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Infants and small children can ride in a pram or stroller
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

What To Expect

Fabrica de Bizcochos San Pedro
One of our first stops on the tour is the lovely city of Cayambe. You will get to drive by the unique city center and plazas as you make your way to the best Bizcocho (biscuits) and String Cheese factory in Ecuador. The bizcochos are made fresh and from scratch every day. You get to see them being made and placed in the traditional ovens. These bizcochos are very tasty and combined with the string cheese make a delicious morning snack. You can also savor the dulce de leche (caramel) and have a quick cup of coffee or hot chocolate. This stop is the perfect cure for morning sluggishness.

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Plaza De Los Ponchos Mercado
Once we arrive at Otavalo we will head to the renowned Plaza de Los Ponchos. The indigenous Otavalo people are famous for weaving textiles, usually made of wool, which are sold at the famous market. Saturdays see the market expand throughout the city but any other day you will find vendors and stands at the Mercado de Los Ponchos. The shops sell textiles such as handmade blankets, tablecloths, handicrafts, paintings, and much more. I love the Otavalo market, you can always find something interesting or quirky to take back home as souvenirs or to decorate your home. Its always fun to haggle with the vendors and hear their stories.

2 hours • Admission Ticket Free

San Pablo Del Lago
We will stop at Lago (Lake) San Pablo for some reflection time in the midst of the beautiful and peaceful surroundings. There is a chance to find ancestral kayaks used for races in the lake by locals. I had a chance to experience these ancestral kayaks and its a strange but wonderful experience. If we schedule this before hand there are small boats that take you around the lake, its a cool experience.

45 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Cotacachi is a lovely Andean town in the middle of the mountains. The town is beautiful, very well kept, organized and picturesque. You feel safe and not crowded as you walk down Cotacachi´s main street where you will find the best leather products in Ecuador. Cotacachi has always been famous for its leather products such as jackets, purses, wallets, belts, shoes, etc. Nowadays, new local fashion designers have created beautiful and unique leather products which you can shop for. Many of my past clients have been looking for the perfect leather jacket and have found it in Cotacachi. After some window shopping, we will have lunch at a great sandwich and burger place that uses artisanal bread, local beef and makes the freshest and most delicious treats in town. If you are a coffee lover like me, we will head for an after lunch coffee at a new hipster cool coffee lounge in Cotacachi. Trust me, this place serves a mean coffee.

3 hours • Admission Ticket Free


Amazing day trip from Quito!
briancM6376UG, 29-05-2022
My wife and I had an amazing experience visiting Otavalo and Cotacachi. Our guide, Diego, was wonderful and went above and beyond to make sure we had an enjoyable experience. We went for the shopping but loved the extra stops at San Pablo and Cayambe to learn about and eat some biscocho which was out of this world. 10 out of 10, would recommend.
Great day!
Russell_M, 12-04-2022
We enjoyed our day, just wish we had more time. But it was our own fault as we choose a 9 am departure. Next time I’d choose a 7:30. Our guide was great, and there was a lot of variety— market, waterfall, nice restaurants.
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Nomad289803, 20-08-2021
Very informative drive outside of Quito to one town known for leather goods and one known for large open air market square with local goods and clothing. One interesting stop was exhibit of equator, standing on 0 degrees latitude. Andres knowledge of the area made the trip extremely educational for our 13 year old granddaughter.
Highly recommended one day trip from Quito.
Q7270GYpatriciaz, 20-07-2022
Wonderful one day trip from Quito. If you’re looking for shopping of markets north of Quito, you can’t go wrong with this trip. Otavalo’s market and nearby stores are great and Cotacachi is a must if you’re looking for leather items. Our guide Isabel was the perfect combination of knowledge, kindness and patience. The coffee and bizcocho snack was a lovely detail of this trip.
A good family day tour outside of Quito
Sokdavorn K, 03-05-2022
Andres was an awesome guide for this experience. He was very informative of the places we visited. We had plenty of time to explore on our own and we never felt rushed. We also traveled with small children and one of our child is autistic so we had occasional flare ups. He seemed very understanding to that and never once made us fell uncomfortable. Overall, we had a wonderful time on this tour and recommend it those who are looking for a more relaxed experience.

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