Otavalo, Cotacachi and Cuicocha Tour With Optional Hotel Pick-Up - "Small Group"

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From $55.00

102 reviews   (4.07)

Price varies by group size

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Pricing Info: Per Person

Duration: 9 hours

Departs: Quito, Quito

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.

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Take a drive through Ecuador's breathtaking scenery, stopping along the way to take photos and soak up the truly amazing and diverse landscapes! Head for Otavalo Market and experience the local way of shopping as you barter for handicrafts and many other items!
You will have the opportunity to sail in small boats, in the Cuicocha lagoon, inside the crater of an active volcano (additional cost).

What's Included

Hotel Pick-Up and Drop Off (if you select this option)

Professional guide

What's Not Included

Food and drink


Traveler Information

  • CHILD: Age: 3 - 11
  • ADULT: Age: 12 - 99

Additional Info

  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Optional pick-up and drop-off from selected hotels at an additional cost.
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Temperature checks for travellers upon arrival
  • • The activities will not exceed 6 people per group. • The capacity of the means of transport will be reduced to 25% of their maximum capacity. • In the monuments, museums or attractions, the capacity will be reduced to 30% of its maximum capacity.
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Infants are required to sit on an adult’s lap
  • Public transportation options are available nearby
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised

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
Known for its delicious “Bizcochos de Cayambe”, a type of cracker or bread baked in a clay oven (greatly paired with local cheese or caramel sauce).

15 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Otavalo Market
One of the most spectacular artisanal markets in all of South America.

The activity of the Plaza de Ponchos is aimed at the commercialization of various handicrafts, both local, regional, national and international. The artisanal production representative of the fair are the Otavalo textiles, there is also artisanal production in clay, paint, wood, jewelery, goldsmith's, saddlery, marzipan, ceramics, etc.

1 hours • Admission Ticket Free

An andean instrument workshop "Ñanda Mañachi" located in the area of Peguche, to spend some special moments with the local people and understand the Andean culture.

15 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Laguna Cuicocha
This lagoon rests in a volcanic caldera in the foothills of the Cotacachi volcano and its waters change in hue according to the sun and its two islets composed of lava and volcanic rock.

60 minutes • Admission Ticket Free


Amazing tour!
Buruk_G, 14-08-2022
Our tour guide, Francisco, was very knowledgeable and attentive to our needs. I was promptly picked up from my hotel and the tour went according to schedule. We visited all sites stated in the itinerary. Francisco went out his way to ensure it was a smooth experience for all of us. I thoroughly appreciated it and it was an overall fantastic tour! Highly recommend
Excellent Tour & Best Guide!
Cheryl F, 11-05-2022
Otavalo Market was fantastic and taking a private tour allowed as much time as we needed at the market plus all the other great stops we visited! Our guide, Alex, is from Quito so he was a wealth of information on everything and gave us a fantastic day! Highly recommend this tour, especially with Alex! Great time!
nedbandojo, 30-01-2020
I thought the market will not have as much sellers, as I went on a Tuesday (which is a non-peak day), but it seemed complete with not so many buyers. Perfect if you want to avoid the stress of an over-crowded area!
Perfect option when you are a limited-in-time-traveller
J6306HMsabrinak, 28-10-2022
The Otavalo and Cuicocha trip with Gray Line Tours enabled me to see lots of different places in just one day - a perfect option when you are limited in time - but maybe a bit exhausting when you prefer slow travelling.
All in all, it was a great trip for me - also thanks to our tour guide Francisco who did not only share his knowledge with us, but was on top of that an amazing photographer. Gracias por el día!
As Promised
avoicewithspirit, 12-04-2022
The trip was convenient and plentiful.
One shortcoming: the restaurant was only tourists and mediocre quality.

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