Things to do in Otavalo, Imbabura Province: The Best Multi-day Tours

August 23, 2021 Hana Mouser

Discover the best top things to do in Otavalo, Ecuador including 2 Day Private Tour to Otavalo Market & surroundings from Quito, Ecuador Gateway 5 Days Tour, 10-Day Ecuador Highlights, 2-Days Otavalo Highlights, Ecuador Classic 8 Days Tour, 8-Day Ecuador Multisport Once in a Life Time, 5-Day Tour Quito's Highlights & Surroundings , 9-Day Andes Highlands and Amazon Rainforest from Quito, 3-Day Otavalo and Andes Highlights, Ecuador Luxury Haciendas Tour.
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1. 2 Day Private Tour to Otavalo Market & surroundings from Quito

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- Explore Otavalo, South America's largest indigenous market - Discover the customs, traditions, and culture of local people - Enjoy visiting the most interesting spots from the area: Condor Park, Cuicocha Lake, Otavalo Market, workshops and a waterfall in Peguche

Inclusions: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Overnight accommodation, All activities, Certified English/ Spanish speaking guide, Hotel pickup and drop-off, Private tour

Exclusions: Personal expenses, Tips

Reviewed By Bretekiel

We had a great day trip from Quito to Cotopaxi with our guide Daniel. He picked us up from our hotel on time at 8am and drove expertly to Cotopaxi taking a scenery road which allowed us to appreciate the geography of the inter-valley region. The drive took about 1.5 hours. His approach takes you around the volcanoes from all angles. Daniel was truly passionate about Ecuador and very knowledgeable about wildlife and vegetation of the region. He stopped plenty of times for awesome picture opportunities. We hiked from the parking lot (15K ft) to the refuge (16K ft) doing the zig-zag approach and experienced no issues with altitude sickness whatsoever (he stopped by a kiosko where we could buy coca candy and leaves if needed before entering the park). The weather was awful as we ascended, with small hail and dust from the strong winds, but he was patient and set the pace perfectly for us to successfully reach the refuge. We grabbed hot chocolate up in the refuge (2.5 per cup, bring change) and warmed up before going back down. On our way back to Quito, we stopped by an authentic local restaurant around 3pm where we had a soup, a pork dish, and an ice cream. Back to the hotel by 5pm promptly. This is a great experience for a Quito escapade which you should consider if you're looking to do something based off the city.

2. Ecuador Gateway 5 Days Tour

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Ecuador and Its four worlds !! We invite you to experience several most visited attractions in the country . This a perfect gateway tour if you decide to take a vacation in Ecuador for 5 days. Quito with its history , Churches and the Equator Mindo with its exhuberant forest , hummingbirds , Orchids and waterfalls Otavalo with its remarkable Indian Market and the local Culture Papallacta a sacred paradise inside of an extinted volcano with its hotsprings , perfect for your total relax before you filght back home..

Inclusions: Breakfast, Private transportation, Lunch, Breakfast, Breakfast, Breakfast, Lunch, 5 Days / 4 Nights Program in TWIN /DBL accommodation

Exclusions: Anything not specified in program, Gratuities, Admition Tickets as mentioned in Program

Reviewed By SunriseFitness

I highly recommend this tour! It’s active but not strenuous, covers a lot, and Alex was friendly and knowledgeable throughout. It felt nice to have a blend of parks and the city, stopping along the way for photos, explanations and history, sweeping city views and gelato on a balcony.

3. 10-Day Ecuador Highlights

Swissôtel Quito, Avenue 12 De Octubre 1820, Quito 170143, Ecuador Adventure Journeys
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Discover the MAGIC of ECUADOR traveling through the Avenue of Volcanoes in the high Andes Mountains towards the best tropical Amazon destinations and explore the outdoor town of Baños, Unesco classified city of Cuenca and local indigenous market in Otavalo. On your journey, you will learn about all the different local tribes and their cultures. The Ecuador Highlights trip is the perfect combination of cultural experiences, wildlife spotting, adventure activities, and natural wonders that make Ecuador one of the most mega-divers countries on Earth. "Unique Experiences:" Visit a native local family in the middle of the Amazon jungle and look for the smallest monkey in the world (Pygmy Marmoset)    Breathtaking zig-zag train ride through the rocky slopes of the Andes and the switchbacks of the Devil's Nose

Inclusions: Breakfast, Breakfast, Breakfast, Breakfast, Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Breakfast, Dinner, Breakfast, Breakfast, Lunch, Lunch, Lunch, Breakfast, Transportation: Airfare Cuenca-Quito one way, airport transfers (national flights), private and comfortable land transportation, train, motorized canoe, Accommodation based on double occupancy: First Class hotel in Quito, colonial hacienda in Otavalo, 5-star Spa Resort Papallacta, Itamandi Eco-lodge in the Amazon, 3 or 4 star hotel in Baños, 5-star Andean lodge in Chimborazo, 3 or 4 star hotel in Cuenca, Activities: Indigenous Market, volcanic hot springs, encounter with indigenous people, road of the waterfalls, hiking up the glacier of Chimborazo, trekking, bird watching in the Amazon, canoeing and wildlife observation in the rainforest, Amazoonico Animal Rescue Center, chocolate making with indigenous people, train to Devil's Nose, cultural visit of Cuenca., Gear: hiking sticks, life jackets, Trip Leader: Certified AJ expert English-speaking adventure Trip Leader and local guides

Exclusions: My Own Room supplement, International flights, Airport transfer (international flights), Travel insurance (mandatory), Meals not described in the itinerary, Tips for guides and drivers

Reviewed By imnhoj

It would be hard to pick a favorite activity on this adventure, every day seemed to be better than the last. Climbing cotopaxi to 16k, mountain biking in the Andes, white water rafting, hiking around a volcanic crater lake, the otovalo market, the amazing hike through the rain forest, and exploring Quito. And I don't think we have ever had a better guide, Marcelo was a very knowledgeable and gracious host for his remarkable country. All of our accomodations were top notch and very unique. This trip far exceeded our expectations. If you are looking for an adventure, you will not be disappointed.

4. 2-Days Otavalo Highlights

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Explore one of the most popular tourist destinations of Ecuador, and learn from the most representative indigenous ethnic group at the north of the country! Enjoy an unknown archaeological site, farmlands, rose plantations, indian markets, weavers and amazing active volcanoes from the comfort of this private tour!!! Protect your family and avoid unnecessary crowds. Discover the history and culture of Ecuador assisted by the best staff!

Inclusions: Dinner, Breakfast, Private transport, Certified English speaking guide, 1 night accommodation, Mentioned lodging or similar (depending on availability)

Exclusions: Lunch, Drinks, Additional hotel nights

Reviewed By JeannePlantation

I had only one afternoon in Quito to sightsee. I contacted Ecuador's Best Tour with late notice by email and Luis replied right away. Luis has a great laid back, no worries attitude and assured me he would take care of everything and pick me up at my hotel. He arrived early to pick me up. I was thrilled to visit the beautiful Church la Compania. Luis was very knowledgeable about the history of the church and architecture. Next we visited a beautiful view of the city with the statue Virgin of El Panecillo. I only had a few hours to visit and Ecuador's Best Tours really helped me make the most of my visit. I highly recommend booking this with this company and you will be lucky if Luis is your guide. His English is extraordinary and he's just a pleasant guide to be around. I have toured many places around the would and I would say Luis was one of the best guides I have encountered. I got some great photos from my visit and hope to return someday. I would certainly use Ecuador's Best Tours again.

5. Ecuador Classic 8 Days Tour

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Ecuador Classic tour was designed for the person who is looking for an overview of Ecuador. To begin, you will enjoy a full city tour of Quito and the Equator Museum. then you will visit the Otavalo Indian Market and the Peguche Waterfall. And don´t forget the Cuicocha Volcano visit. Next, you´ll journey to the Cotopaxi Volcano for womderful views of the famous avenue of the volcanoes. Then visit the jungle gateway known as Baños and its waterfalls. After stuning views of more volcanoes , also a magical train ride , finally cuenca city one of the Unesco world heritage sites and Guayaquil City, the largest one of Ecuador. Discover with us the Ecuadorian wonders!!!

Inclusions: Breakfast, Breakfast, Breakfast, Breakfast, Breakfast, Breakfast, Breakfast, Private transportation, 8 Days / 7 Nights in Tourist Superior hotel Category ( DBL, TRPL), National Parks Entrance fee

Exclusions: Quito Tickets , Gratuities, International Flight to Quito or Guayaquil

Reviewed By SunriseFitness

I highly recommend this tour! It’s active but not strenuous, covers a lot, and Alex was friendly and knowledgeable throughout. It felt nice to have a blend of parks and the city, stopping along the way for photos, explanations and history, sweeping city views and gelato on a balcony.

6. 8-Day Ecuador Multisport Once in a Life Time

Swissôtel Quito, Avenue 12 De Octubre 1820, Quito 170143, Ecuador Adventure Journeys
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Challenge yourself and join this magical adventure in the Ecuadorian mainland, where the largest biodiversity on earth and the richest geography are located along the Equator line. Bike down the slopes of the eastern Andean Mountain Range with great views of Tungurahua active volcano, explore the colorful Andean fields, discover the hidden treasures by climbing up waterfalls in the Amazon rainforest, fight large waves by rafting on the Jatunyacu River, trek to the rim of Cuicocha Crater Lake and soak in Papallacta’s volcanic waters. Experience a fantastic cultural encounter with an indigenous family in the Amazon, learning about their customs, food, knowledge and life-style. "Unique Experiences" - Prepare chocolate the ancestral way with a native Kichwa family in the Amazon Rainforest. - Stay with a Local Family 

Inclusions: Breakfast, Breakfast, Lunch, Breakfast, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Dinner, Lunch, Lunch, Breakfast, Breakfast, Accommodation, Transportation, Certified expert English-speaking Adventure, Use of bicycle, Rubber boots, ropes, harnesses and helmets, Trekking sticks, Aire and NRS 7-people- rafts, NRS life jackets, NRS paddles, splash jackets

Exclusions: International Flights, Travel Insurance (mandatory), Airport Transfers, Tips , My own room supplement , Meals not described in the itinerary

Reviewed By LaNell B

The tour of volcanoes was an awesome adventure. Paul did an amazing job of showing us his country. He was knowledgeable about the culture, geography, history, animals, plants, food . . . All things Ecuador. I loved hiking and the opportunity to learn from him. It’s a beautiful place with a rich history. Go now!

7. 5-Day Tour Quito's Highlights & Surroundings

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This 5-day adventure package allows you to explore a great variety of landscapes as well as natural and cultural highlights, which you will be able to observe on this fully guided tour. From the capital Quito, which was one of the first cities declared a UNESCO World Heritage site, you will go to the impressive volcanoes in the Andes, get to see colourful indigenous markets and admire the flora and fauna hided in the amazing cloud Forest just around the city.

Inclusions: Accommodation if option is selected, Breakfast, Breakfast, Lunch, Lunch, Lunch, Lunch, Breakfast, Breakfast, Admission fee in Teleferico, Inti Ñan Museum, La Compañía,Termas Spa, hummingbirds, National Parks., Professional certified English - Spanish speaking guide, Hotel pickup and drop-off, Transport by private vehicle

Exclusions: Food and drinks, unless specified, Tips

Reviewed By Bretekiel

We had a great day trip from Quito to Cotopaxi with our guide Daniel. He picked us up from our hotel on time at 8am and drove expertly to Cotopaxi taking a scenery road which allowed us to appreciate the geography of the inter-valley region. The drive took about 1.5 hours. His approach takes you around the volcanoes from all angles. Daniel was truly passionate about Ecuador and very knowledgeable about wildlife and vegetation of the region. He stopped plenty of times for awesome picture opportunities. We hiked from the parking lot (15K ft) to the refuge (16K ft) doing the zig-zag approach and experienced no issues with altitude sickness whatsoever (he stopped by a kiosko where we could buy coca candy and leaves if needed before entering the park). The weather was awful as we ascended, with small hail and dust from the strong winds, but he was patient and set the pace perfectly for us to successfully reach the refuge. We grabbed hot chocolate up in the refuge (2.5 per cup, bring change) and warmed up before going back down. On our way back to Quito, we stopped by an authentic local restaurant around 3pm where we had a soup, a pork dish, and an ice cream. Back to the hotel by 5pm promptly. This is a great experience for a Quito escapade which you should consider if you're looking to do something based off the city.

8. 9-Day Andes Highlands and Amazon Rainforest from Quito

In this tour you will have the opportunity to enjoy the Andes Mountains crossing to the amazon Rainforest where you will experience a magical adventure into the jungle. You will also learn about the different life styles that the people of this regions have.

Inclusions: Transport by private vehicle, Private tour, Professional guide, Accommodation as per itinerary, All taxes, fees and handling charges, Meals as per itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)

Exclusions: Excess luggage charges (where applicable), Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase), Food and drinks, unless specified, Souvenir photos (available to purchase)

9. 3-Day Otavalo and Andes Highlights

Explore the North Andes Highlands of Ecuador visiting the main attractions of the area, like Ponchos Market, Cochasquí pyramids, a pre-inca building from 900 A.C. Also visit the different ecosystems of the Ecuadorian Highlands.

Inclusions: 2 nights accommodation, Driver/guide, Hotel pickup, Transport by private vehicle, Private tour

Exclusions: Lunch, Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase), Souvenir photos (available to purchase)

10. Ecuador Luxury Haciendas Tour

GUIDEcuador Travel

Ecuador´s Luxury Haciendas tour gives you the taste of the old farmland country Your journey begins with a city tour of Quito, Ecuador´s 2nd largest city. You will spend your first night in Hacienda Pinsaqui.Next, you will visit the Otavalo Indian Market, Cuicocha Crater Lake, and you will spend a wonderful night at Hacienda Cusin. Your next night will be at Hacienda Zuleta, and then on to Lasso and Hacienda La Cienega.Finally, you will return to Quito, and then your international flight home.

Inclusions: Dinner, Lunch, Lunch, Breakfast, Breakfast, Breakfast, Breakfast, Breakfast, Breakfast, Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, National Park fees, All activities, Private tour, Transport by private vehicle, Bottled water

Exclusions: Food and drinks, unless specified, Gratuities, Souvenir photos (available to purchase)

Reviewed By SunriseFitness

I highly recommend this tour! It’s active but not strenuous, covers a lot, and Alex was friendly and knowledgeable throughout. It felt nice to have a blend of parks and the city, stopping along the way for photos, explanations and history, sweeping city views and gelato on a balcony.

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