Day off in Quito? Lets go to Otavalo indigenous artisan market!

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42 reviews   (5.00)

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Departs: Quito, Quito

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.

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Private Tour; focused on sharing our history from a more indigenous context and point of view; highway full of prehispanic evidence, roses production, solar knowledge, cultural heritage, food, and history. Starting with a local brunch and coffee at San Pablo's Lake with 2 of the most important volcanoes in front of us! Continues a nature walk around their spiritual waterfall temple called Peguche!
Heading to Otavalo we will enjoy and understand their history, traditions, gastronomy, and culture at their main square known worldwide as "Plaza de Los Ponchos", one of the most beautiful artisan markets in América.
Is a good, interesting, and cheap way to enjoy a full day trip not far from Quito and for buying local high-quality original cheap handmade Andean products or souvenirs. Accompanied by a certificated Tour Guide/Driver, an open-minded cultural ambient, good music, and nice conversations.
For customized service. Find me on media as MUFI TOURS
Feel free to ask! LGBTIQ 420 friendly.

What's Included

Bizcocho/Queso de Hoja/Coffee tasting

GST (Goods and Services Tax)

Private transportation

What's Not Included

Alcoholic Beverages

Bottled water


Local restaurant goes around $3 a traditional plate

Traveler Information

  • CHILD: Age: 8 - 17
  • ADULT: Age: 18 - 80

Additional Info

  • COVID-19 vaccination required for guides
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Not recommended for travelers with poor cardiovascular health
  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination required for travelers
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels
  • COVID-19 vaccination required for guides
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Not recommended for travelers with poor cardiovascular health
  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination required for travelers
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • 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.
  • Experience may be cancelled due to Insufficient travelers
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

What To Expect

Guayllabamba, a fruit production valley where if it is of your interest we can stop and buy some fruits for the road.

• Admission Ticket Free

Export rose production area. In addition to being famous for its biscuits and leaf cheese, where we will stop for a small snack and tasting.

10 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

San Pablo Del Lago
One of the most beautiful and larges! Guarded by the Imbabura and Cotacachi volcanoes.

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

We will visit an indigenous community and its establishment where we will take pictures on Lake San Pablo, on its swing and floating bridge.

20 minutes • Admission Ticket Included

Cascada de Peguche
Place of cleaning and purification of the premises. We will hike through its trails until we feel the power of the water from such a beautiful waterfall. Admission price is optional.

2 hours • Admission Ticket Not Included

Otavalo Market
The biggest indigenous artisan market in South America!
Good for buying souvenirs and local art at the Plaza de Los Ponchos, for have lunch and to testify how the Otavalo's commercial and ethnic culture is.

3 hours • Admission Ticket Free

Return to the city, preferably before the sun goes down. Arranged leaving point.

• Admission Ticket Free


Enjoyed the day with Daniel
771leslieannd, 04-01-2023
Daniel was a very good host, driver, interpreter and translator. Plus he can customize your experience to whatever you want. I was on my own, but felt very safe venturing out with just him on the two hour drive to the Otavalo Indigenous market, with stops along the way. I enjoyed hearing his perspective on how Ecuadorians and their folklore identify so much with volcanos, plus seeing all the rose vendors along the way. Come to think of it, visiting a rose greenhouse would have been fun – and who knew there were going to be so many beautiful carved doors along the way! But the Indigenous craft market was my target for the day. The market wasn’t as fabulous as I had hoped (but that’s not Daniel’s fault). Many vendors have very similar wares. But, if you’re after beautifully made handwoven textiles (blankets, table cloths, totes, ponchos) for about $20 (!!!) then there are a lot of colours/patterns to choose from and Daniel can help negotiate prices (he’s very patient). If you’re shopping for small inexpensive trinkets to bring a souvenir home to the kids, that will fit in your suitcase, well, there’s lots. If you want higher end artisan craft like carvings, masks, pottery, tapestries, metalwork or jewelry you are better off checking out the artisan/craft galleries in Quito's New Town. Overall I really enjoyed my day with Daniel.
Exceptional tour guide.
SuePT, 31-12-2022
In all our travels, Daniel is undoubtedly the best tour guide we have ever had. He picked us up at our hotel, drove us two hours to our resort. He picked us up again to bring us to our hotel in Quito. After our Galapagos portion of the trip, he then did our booked tour to the real Equator, to Otavalo, then to the airport. En route to Otavalo, he also brought us to a nearby volcano picnic area, and provided us with a breakfast of his homemade cheese and bread and other homemade treats, as well as a flask with a hot drink. He was completely reliable, punctual, and so knowledgeable about Ecuador and its people, geography, culture, history, and politics. On top of all that, he and his mother made us a local drink, the colada morada. He also had bought for us local chocolate and little gifts from the indigenous people. He helped us negotiate in the craft market with the local people to get good prices. He was a real friend to us. You will not find a better guide.
Excellent experience with Daniel as our guide
mooniedoo, 18-12-2022
I highly recommend Daniel as a guide. He did everything possible to make our day a memorable and enjoyable one! Highly personable, approachable, adaptable, and knowledgeable.
Support the local economy
TerminatorBrinks, 09-12-2022
Excellent bargain.

Negotiate of course

Covered if it rains.

Friendly but not overly pushy vendors.

Need to watch for pickpockets.

Can buy local coffee and tea.

Alpaca and Ecuador good abound.

Not overly crowded on Friday

Will share their love of soccer if important game going on.
Great day!
95677, 06-12-2022
What a fun day. Daniel is a superb guide. He went out of his way to show us what we wanted to see and what he thought was important to see. Great restaurant for lunch. Stopped on the way to have a local snack and he brought a thermos of coffee he made at home! What a guy! Shopping was very fun. Beautiful jewelry and other handcrafted items. Great day!!

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