Otavalo Market Day Tour

The Otavalo Market day tour is a wonderful way to discover and combine the famous artesian indigenous market in Ecuador and some of the amazing views outside Otavalo.

This tour begins with a scenic drive north of Quito through the Sierra highlands. Our first stop will be at Quitsato Sundial located at the Equator line, where you can balance on the equator! Then we’ll continue to Cayambe where we can taste and learn about the town’s famous bizcochos (local biscuits), here you can also have breakfast. From that point, we’ll continue to the famous market of Otavalo where you’ll have the option to purchase local handicrafts. The main market day in Otavalo is Saturday; however, this tour can be operated throughout the week (Tuesdays). Our professional guide will provide you an explanation of the indigenous people of this area, such as the Quitu-Cara, and other pre-Inca groups, and some extra information about the city. Afterward, we’ll go to the beautiful Laguna Cuicocha, which is located in a volcano crater and contains 2 green islands. Our last stop will be Cotacachi, a town famous for its leather garments. Before strolling through this town we receive lunch in a local restaurant. Afterward, we return to Quito.

Note: All times approximate, EXCEPT starting time

Schedule Itinerary


Leave from Plaza Foch (Juan Leon Mera and Reina Victoria) for transfer to Otavalo orLeave from Plaza San Blas (Caldas E1-83 y Pichincha)
08:30 Quitsato Sundial located at the Equator lineEntrance $2
09:00 Visit at the Cayambe bizcochos (local biscuits) factory. Products not included
10:00 Viewing point ‘Mira Lago’ where it is possible to see Cayambe
11:30 Exploring Otavalo Market.
13:30 Visit Cotacachi leather town/ Lunch
15:00 Arrive at Cuicocha lake
18:30 Arrive in Quito

Want to know about the experiences of other travelers? Read our blog or check these TripAdvisor reviews of our Otavalo Market day tour!

* We also have a pick-up point in the old town, please provide us with your details about accommodation and we can arrange a meeting point in either La Mariscal or the Old Town.

* The tour is operated by a parent operator that reserves the right to change the itinerary without previous notice due to weather, National Park regulations or notifications, and unforeseeable circumstances.

Shared tour: professional and bilingual guide, lunch, transportation from/to Quito

Private tour: professional and bilingual guide, private transportation from Hotel-Otovalo-Hotel

Tips for guide, Quitsato $2 entrance fee, Bizcochos in Cayambe, Market Purchases

Note: Private tour does not include lunch

The weather in the area of the Laguna is unpredictable so please bring warm and waterproof clothing. It is important that you are well prepared for 3,800m (12,467 ft), so we recommend acclimatizing at least one day around 3,000m (9,842 ft).

Necessary equipment

– Warm clothes, gloves, hat – Sunglasses & Sunscreen
– Water – Snacks
– Camera – Waterproof jacket

Shared tour: $50 p.p. (Saturdays and Tuesdays)

Private tour:  1 pax $230 – 2 pax $115 – 3pax $85 p.p. (any day)

Full-day transportation: $200 – for a group 4 pax – 6 pax max (Spanish speaking driver – any day)

We put a lot of effort into organizing the tour; therefore cancellations require 48hrs notice by which we would give you a 50% refund, Cancellations will not be refunded with a shorter time notice.

Please note tips for our guides are not included in the price. If you enjoyed your trip, a tip of around 10% would be greatly appreciated. Tour is operated by a third-party company.

*Otavalo Market shared tour departure is on Tuesdays and Saturdays

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