Otavalo market visit and Hacienda stay – Experience

Otavalo market visit and Hacienda stay – Experience

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Bursting with the colours of pre-Columbian traditions and flanked by volcanic landscapes, Otavalo is an Ecuadorian experience to savour. Journey to Ecuador’s iconic marketplace via the Pan American Highway, where the rural communities of Calderon, Cayambe and Cototachi display their own peculiar cuisine, artistry and textiles. Embark on a train trip from Ibarra to Salinas through supreme Andean scenery before heading back to Quito.

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Otavalo market visit and Hacienda stay - Experience
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  • Get a feel for the magic of Quito - one of the most beautifully located and historically rich and towns in the Americas
  • Travel along the legendary Pan American Highway
  • Discover the gems of nearby rural communities, from the colourful marzipan figurines of Calderon to the buttery bizcochos of Cayambe
  • Visit the Otavalo Market and meet its friendly indigenous merchants with their handwoven textiles and colourful traditional dress
  • Set eyes on the extraordinary landscapes of the northern Andes on a scenic train trip from Ibarra to Salinas
  • Stay in beautifully preserved colonial-era hacienda


Occasionally our itineraries are updated during the year to incorporate improvements stemming from past travellers' comments and our own research. The information given in this itinerary may be slightly different to that in the brochure. It's very important that you print and review a final copy of your Essential Trip Information a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans. If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff. We are here to help you! Please note that while we operate successful trips in this region throughout the year, some changes may occur in our itineraries due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary from time to time.

Day 1 - Quito - Otavalo
Your Independent Experience will start today with a pick-up at 8 am from your Quito hotel. Contact us if you need assistance arranging accommodation in Quito. If you book your own accommodation, please ensure you inform us your hotel address at least 15 days prior to the start of this trip. You and your local guide head north by private minivan along the Pan-American highway. It is approximately a 2.5 hour drive). On the way you visit the village of Calderon to see the bread figures and Cayambe to taste the typical 'biscochos' (local biscuits). The town is famous for its market, one of the most significant indigenous markets in Ecuador. Villagers from the surrounding area travel to Otavalo each week to sell their wears. You will find everything from handmade goods to fruit and vegetables and livestock. Many of the regional indigenous communities still wear traditional dress of intricately woven fabrics and the men often wear their hair in long ponytails. After exploring Otavalo Market you go on to the leather market at Cotacachi, before making your way to a hacienda in Otavalo where you spend the night.
Day 2 - Liberty Train - Quito
Today you drive to Ibarra, where you'll embark on a train journey through small communities and scenic mountain landscapes. This is a part of Ecuador that you won't forget. The journey between Ibarra and Salinas takes 1.5 hours and passes many waterfalls, bridges and tunnels to remote towns that are inhabited mainly by Ecuadorians of African ancestry, who have maintained many of their old customs and traditions as reflected in their crafts and their music. In the afternoon your guide will pick you up from Salinas to take you back to Quito for the night.
Day 3 - Quito
Your Independent Experience comes to an end today after breakfast. You have an included departure transfer to meet your flight out. Please ensure we are advised of your flight details. At Peregrine we are always looking for ways to improve our trips and your feedback is invaluable to us and to our tour guides. It tells us what we're doing right, what you believe could be done better and what improvements you feel could help future travellers choose and enjoy Peregrine. At the end of your trip we ask that you to take a few minutes of your time to complete our on-line feedback form. Just go to http://www.peregrineadventures.com/tour-feedback for our easy to fill out questionnaire. We’d love to hear what you have to say!

Trip Dates

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Hacienda (1 nt),Hotel (1 nt)


Private Vehicle,Train