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FULL DAY, Northern Artisans (Otavalo, Cotacahi, San Antonio markets) - 1 Day

A tour focused on visiting three towns with their markets located north from Quito city. Each one of these locations are different from each other in terms of markets and artisans. Otavalo with its textile market, Cotacachi with its leather market and San Antonio with the wood carvers. This is a full day enjoying the northern landscapes and learning the culture of the region.
Our tour starts in the morning with the pick up at your hotel. We will drive out of Quito to our first stop in Otavalo and “Plaza de Ponchos” where you will have time to walk around and do some shopping of textiles and handicrafts. The locals will always give you a higher price so don’t forget to bargain with them, it is part of the experience. Otavalo is consider one of the most famous indigenous markets in the world and the biggest in South America. A market full of color and life. Though the market is biggest on Saturdays, it is possible to visit any day of the week and find a great variety of fabrics and crafts. After a prudent time in the market for shopping or just to wander around, we will continue to Cotachi town and the leather artisans. In here you will enjoy of some of the best leather products on a really good price. We will have lunch and finally we will visit the wood carvers’ artisans in San Antonio Town. In the town you will find families that have been dedicated to the art of carving wood for more than 3 generations.

A tour focused on visiting three towns with their markets located north from Quito city. Each one of these locations are different from each other in terms of markets and artisans. Otavalo with its textile market, Cotacachi with its leather market and San Antonio with the wood carvers. This is a full day enjoying the northern landscapes and learning the culture of the region.
Our tour starts in the morning with the pick up at your hotel. We will drive out of Quito to our first stop in Otavalo and “Plaza de Ponchos” where you will have time to walk around and do some shopping of textiles and handicrafts. The locals will always give you a higher price so don’t forget to bargain with them, it is part of the experience. Otavalo is consider one of the most famous indigenous markets in the world and the biggest in South America. A market full of color and life. Though the market is biggest on Saturdays, it is possible to visit any day of the week and find a great variety of fabrics and crafts. After a prudent time in the market for shopping or just to wander around, we will continue to Cotachi town and the leather artisans. In here you will enjoy of some of the best leather products on a really good price. We will have lunch and finally we will visit the wood carvers’ artisans in San Antonio Town. In the town you will find families that have been dedicated to the art of carving wood for more than 3 generations.

Notes: The order of the visit may change according to operations without previous notification.

The Trip Cost Include

  • Certified bilingual guide
  • Private transportation
  • Entrance fee
  • Lunch

The Trip Cost Excludes

  • Other meals not mentioned
  • Drinks and alcoholic drinks
  • Tips and Gratuities
  • Personal expenses

Frequently Asked Questions

How difficult are activities on this trip?

All the activities are from easy to moderate.

*What is the altitude in Otavalo?

Otavalo is located at 2.500 meters abode sea level (8.000 feet high). And it is located in a valley in the northern Ecuadorian Andes.

How are the guides?

Our guides are Certified Naturalist Guides with extensive knowledge on Ecuadorian history and Culture. They speak great English and some of them have experience in photography.

What kind of outfit do I need for this trip?

Depending on the season you can find more dry and warm days. This is between Jun and November, and more rainy days between December and May. You will be walking around the market so good and comfortable shoes are highly recommended.

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FULL DAY, Northern Artisans (Otavalo, Cotacahi, San Antonio markets)
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Trip Facts

  • Otavalo, Cotacahi, San Antonio
  • 2 to 15
  • 2.800 meters high (9.000 ft)
  • Private transportation
  • Lunch

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