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Map of Otavalo market visit and Hacienda stay - Experience including Ecuador

From spectacular mountain scenery to the colours of Otavalo's indigenous market, be blown away by Ecuador

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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Quito, Ecuador
Quito, Ecuador
Independent Experiences
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Trip rating
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Min 5
Group size
Min 1, Max 4

Why you'll love this trip

  • 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

Is this trip right for you?

  • This trip visits places that are at high altitude, and as a result some people can suffer from altitude sickness, regardless of age or physical health. Please see the ‘Medical and Health’ section of the trip notes for more important information on this.


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.
  • Cusin Hacienda or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Otavalo - Market Visit
  • Visit to a leather market in Cotacachi
Meals Included
  • Dinner
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.
  • Hotel Cafe Cultura or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Scenic train journey from Ibarra to Salinas
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
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.

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Included Activities
  • Complimentary Departure Transfer
Meals Included
  • Breakfast


2 breakfasts, 1 dinner


Private Vehicle, Train


Hacienda (1 night), Hotel (1 night)

Included Activities

  • Otavalo - Market Visit
  • Visit to a leather market in Cotacachi
  • Scenic train journey from Ibarra to Salinas
  • Complimentary Departure Transfer

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