Otavalo Market & Rose Plantation

Ecuador is famous for its roses which travel throughout the world to mark special aniversaries and declare feelings to loved ones. On this tour you’ll visit Cayambe to visit a rose plantation to learn about their cultivation before heading to Otavalo Market to view the spectacle of one of the most important handicraft markets in the world. After lunch you’ll continue to Cotacachi, the musical capital of Ecuador also known for its leatherwork, before returning to Quito.


This tour includes

· A bilingual (English/Spanish) guide
· Entrance fees
· Lunch
· Private transportation
 

This tour does not includes

· Tips
· Any other service not mentioned herein
 

Made-to-Measure Travel

This itinerary is designed to give you an idea of the available options for a visit to Quito and the northern Andes. But keep in mind:

  • We can tailor this trip to suit your needs, tastes, time frame and budget
  • Every aspect of the itinerary can be modified, from the accommodation to the activities
  • We also offer Avenue of the Volcanoes tours between Quito and Cuenca to allow you to explore this fascinating area

Highlights

Cotacachi
Cotacachi in the province of Imbabura is an artisan city famed for its leatherwork, music and handicrafts. It is only 8km northwest of Otavalo and lies between the Imbabura and Cotacachi volcanoes. It has been labelled the leather capital of Ecuador. Cotacachi Canton was declared the first ecological county in South America in 2000, and the city itself holds a UNESCO medal for being free of illiteracy.
Otavalo
Otavalo is located in the Imbabura Province of Ecuador which is famous for its textiles and is host to one of the most important markets in the Andes selling handmade traditional crafts (as well as disguised imports – watch out!). Otavalo is a must-see destination for travelers to Ecuador and it has grown immensely in recent decades. The best day to visit is Saturday, the biggest market day. Poncho Plaza is the center of the market, but make sure to explore the streets around it. Otavaleños (as the people of Otavalo are called) are proud of their culture and continue to dress in their distinctive traditional clothing: women with embroidered blouses and beaded necklaces, and men with long braided hair and calf-length white trousers, ponchos and sandals. They are the most commercially successful indigenous group in Ecuador, who have become famous over the past years as they take their goods throughout the world selling woolen sweaters and playing Andean tunes. Otovaleños are known for their exquisite weavings and textiles, which have been exploited by the Incas, Spanish and Ecuadorians, though conditions improved after the 1964 Agrarian reform abolishing serfdom. Textile boom in Otavalo began in the early 1960s when Otovaleños at Hacienda Zuleta began to use weaving techniques imported from Scotland. The result was Otovaleño cashmere. Otavalo is not an especially attractive town, and has a distinct mercantile feel, but the surrounding mountains and lakes are incredible.

 

Rates

Tour type # passengers Price (per person)
Private 1 $260
Private 2 $160
Private 3 $128
Private 4-6 $135
Private 7-11 $125
Private 12-15 $87
Private 16-21 $80
Private 22-26 $75