Otavalo and surroundings
A perfect combination for all tastes and requirements. Our program Otavalo and Surroundings is designed to be enjoyed as much by persons preferring relax and quiet, as by active people who prefer moderate or extensive hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, and more. In accordance with the preferences of the group, we are always ready to modify our program at any time. Enjoy at your own pace all activities detailed below and conclude this journey with a well-deserved rest in the thermal baths of Papallacta.
- EASY to MODERATE, depending on activities selection
- Start / ends in Quito (city or airport)
- 5 days / 4 nights
- Optional hikes without surcharge
- Indian Markets
- Flexibility in activities and timing
|Day 1||Transfer from Quito to Hacienda Zuleta, cross the Equatorial line, Cayambe and its rose plantations|
|Day 2||Condor Rehabilitation Project; hiking or horseback riding. Hacienda Zuleta|
|Day 3||Visit Otavalo Indian market, Cotacachi leather market, Peguche and Iluman villages. Hacienda Cusin|
|Day 4||Hike the Cuicocha crater lake trail. Lunch and transfer to the thermal baths of Papallacta|
|Day 5||Transfer to the airport or take a trip extension. (see: "Cotopaxi and Haciendas ")|
|Group size||Price (per person)|
|2 persons||USD 2.050|
|4 persons||USD 1.570|
|6 or more persons||USD 1.400|
- 4-night lodging in Hacienda Zuleta, Hacienda Cusín and Termas de Papallacta (see details below)
- All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
- Hikes and visits to markets and towns
- Private guide during all the tour
- Private transportation, personalized attention
- Optional activities (horseback riding, biking)
- Tips; alcoholic beverages; personal expenses
Prices based on double occupancy, valid until December 31 / 2016
The first day, after passing through the towns of Cayambe and Olmedo, our vehicle leaves us in the town of Pesillo, where we undertake a hike up to Hacienda Zuleta through alternative paths. The approximate duration is two hours, taking the time to observe and photograph the wonderful landscapes around us. Difficulty level: EASY to MODERATE
One of the main attractions of Hacienda Zuleta is their horseback riding. You can do this activity at your own pace and according to your preferences. In Zuleta you can personally choose the horse for your taste and skill. There are many possible paths, with duration of half a day, a full day with a picnic, or several days. Zuleteños horses are a unique mixture of Spanish – Andalusian, English and Quarter horses. The outcome of this crossbreeding is a sturdy, smooth and noble Andean horse.
This route is expected to be made by our motorized transport, but we can make it optional on horseback, mountain bike or walking. It is worth taking the extra time to admire the wonderful landscapes of the route which runs through the community of Angochagua, passes by the side of the Imbabura volcano and descends towards the lagoon of San Pablo, where we have an incredible view of the Valley, with the Cotacachi volcano in the background.
Otavalo is one of the most famous Indian markets in Ecuador and South America. We have added to the traditional market a visit to nearby communities, where artisans live and make their products. The tour also includes the leather products market of Cotacachi and, time permitting, San Antonio de Ibarra, where villagers make hand carved wood products.
One of the most beautiful landscapes in the Imbabura province is undoubtedly the Cuicocha Crater Lake. It is the Cotacachi volcano crater filled with water and with two islets at the center, formed by ancient domes. There is a trail around the crater that you walk in about 4 hours, with enough time for photography and wildlife watching. We can also see the changes in vegetation as we go through different micro-climates along the trail.
Hacienda Zuleta lays at 2.800 meters of altitude. Hiking rugged mountain trails up to 3.200 meters of altitude. The proposed hikes can be strenuous and require good physical condition. Hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding will be done to the pace and conditions of the group. Papallacta lays at 3,500 metres of altitude.
This old Ecuadorian hacienda full of history is surrounded by beautiful scenery with its mountains and valleys that seem to keep all different shades of green. One of the most outstanding activities is horseback riding to the pre-Incan pyramids of Caranqui culture, the Andean condor recuperation project and the mountains that surround Zuleta. The inner trails inside the Hacienda are perfect for hiking and mountain biking.
This Hacienda with over 300 years of history offers comfortable accommodation within a short distance to Otavalo. Comfortable rooms and suites, 2 restaurants, 2 bars, library, playrooms, internet cafe, satellite Tv and 4 hectares of gardens is more than one might need in a place with so many outdoors attractions. It is our base from where we go to the Indian markets and different places to visit in the Imbabura province.
The thermal baths of Papallacta, just forty minutes from the Quito airport, is a place where you can enjoy its famous hot springs and the charm of the mountains in the Andes Highlands. In harmony with its natural surroundings, this place is perfect to rest and serve as a base for your adventures in the mountains and Andean moorlands.
For this trip, it is necessary to go first to Quito. Select our Quito Pre trip program or request any additional nights to suit your needs.
To visit other places of the Ecuadorian Andes, you can extend this trip with our program "Cotopaxi and Haciendas".
Select any of our programs in the Andes, the Amazon and the Coast of continental Ecuador before or after this tour.
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