Otavalo Cultural Tour and lunch Mindala restaurant or similar, private
This full-day excursion offers an in-depth experience into the traditional way of living of the Otavalo people, their history, customs, handycrafts and, very importantly, music. Lunch is at an Indian home, lovingly prepared in the traditional way, so guests have the opportunity to taste the Andean delicacies.
Otavalo is currently considered one of the most important tour destinations in Ecuador, due to its ancestral cultural heritage, enriched by millenary traditions, myths, legends and customs together with Andean landscapes of outstanding beauty: mountains, lakes, waterfalls and rivers, which as per the Otavalo Cosmovision, possess life and energy.
This full-day excursion offers an in-depth experience into the traditional way of living of the Otavalo people, their history, customs, handicrafts and, very importantly, music. Lunch is at an Indian home, lovingly prepared in the traditional way, so guests have the opportunity to taste the Andean delicacies.
Early departure from Quito towards the north along the Pan American Highway, to the famous market of Otavalo -visit the textile and vegetable markets- and then continue on to Peguche, a small Indian town just five minutes north of Otavalo. The people of Peguche are famous for the weavings, done in pedal shuttle looms and also in the ancient back-strap loom where the finest belts or fajas are exquisitely woven. Guests have the opportunity to roam around the town, go into the houses -- which are open to visit, observe, photograph and shop for handcrafts. The natives of Peguche often travel all over the world selling their merchandise of good quality and bright colors, such as wall hangings, blankets, scarves, shawls, baby alpaca sweaters, woven belts and many other items. Peguche is also well known for the music groups and shops where Andean musical instruments are produced, such as the large panflutes or zampoñas, quena flutes, drums, charangos and guitars. The artisans will delight you by playing the instruments they manufacture.
For lunch, guests will have the opportunity to taste the best of the Andean delicacies lovingly prepared in the traditional way.
- Round trip ground transportation and guide
- This is a real ethnic experience, in close contact with the Otavalo culture.
- Lunch is lovingly prepared in the traditional way, so guests have the opportunity to taste the Andean delicacies.
Our recommendations for the best possible experience
- Dress in layers (T-shirt, blouse, sweater, coat).
- Take a sweater even if the day is warm and sunny
- Rain protection from January to May.
- This tour includes walking at an altitude of 2560 meters (8434 feet).
- Sun protection (SPF 40).
- Good walking shoes.
- Great Photo ops, don´t forget your camera.
- Dress in layers (T-shirt, blouse, sweater, coat)
- Take a sweater even if the day is warm and sunny and rain protection from February to May
- This tour includes walking at an altitude of 2560 meters (8434 feet)
- Sun protection (SPF 40)
- Good walking shoes
- Great Photo ops
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Otavalo Ecuador indigenous market tours
Handicrafts, the products of the land and rich ancestral cultures in a display of dazzling colors.
To the north of Quito, the province of Imbabura is one of the most popular destinations in Ecuador: a magical land of lakes, snow-covered mountains and terraced farmlands.
For centuries, regional markets have played an important role in Indian life, providing regular gathering places for trade and socializing. The colorful local markets of the Andean Valleys are famous for their fine handycrafts.
The Otavalo Indian market dates back to pre-Inca times and is famous for its textiles woven on backstop and shuttle looms.