This trip is only offered in the Comfort and Luxury version
Otavalo: Hacienda Cusin – standard
Cotopaxi: Hacienda El Porvenir – suite
* All hotel nights with breakfast, transfers, domestic flights and excursions as mentioned in the program.
* Lunch and dinner in accordance with the program if stated.
* Drinks, tips and expenses of a personal nature.
* International flights to and from Ecuador.
* Travel or cancellation insurance.
This is an example trip. You can adapt the order of the trip and the choice of hotels and excursions to your wishes. For example, you can combine this trip with another example trip or a subsequent cruise to the Galapagos Islands. The extensive range of hotels, excursions and cruises can be found elsewhere on this website.
Arrival from Belgium in Quito
Transfer from Quito to Otavalo in private car
You will be picked up at the hotel (or the airport) by a Spanish-speaking driver and taken to the hotel in Otavalo in a private vehicle. This drive through the Andes Mountains takes approximately 2 hours
Acclimatization – we suggest two activities that you can do on your own:
Otavalo – visit to the indigenous market (under your own steam)
This market in the Plaza de Ponchos is without a doubt the most famous indigenous market in Ecuador. You will find a huge range of artesanate there. The best day to visit this market is on Saturday. At the same time, 4 markets take place in different places in the city. But the artesanate market now also continues on the other days of the week – it is then a lot quieter. That also has its advantages.
Hike to the waterfall of Peguche (under your own steam)
The 18 meter high waterfall of Peguche is located 4 kilometers south of Otavalo in a beautiful natural park. The local population of Otavalo celebrates the sun festival of Inti Raymi on 21 June. Purification rituals are held here for several days. But the park is also worth a visit during the rest of the year.
Hiking tour around the crater lake of Cuicocha
Cuicocha is one of the most beautiful lakes in Ecuador. In a private vehicle we drive to the entrance of the Cotacachi-Cayapas Reserve, where we start a 5-hour walking tour that runs between 3100 and 3500 meters above sea level. Along the way we enjoy the biodiversity, the
views of the picturesque lake of Cuicocha with its two islands, as well as the panorama of the mountain peaks of Cotacachi, Imbabura and Cayambe.
Difficulty: moderate Duration: approx. 7 hours Included: English speaking local guide, private transport, meal or packed lunch Mandatory: good walking shoes, sun protection, mosquito repellent, fleece or pull, water (min.1 liter) Recommended: camera, binoculars, rain jacket, reasonable condition also at height
Visit to indigenous villages
We leave from Otavalo to Punyaro where baskets are made from a special type of bambu. Then we go to Peguche where they manufacture musical instruments. In Carabuela we visit a sheep wool workshop and in Iluman we look at the production of hats. Then we will go to San Antonio de Ibarra which is known for its woodwork and visit a workshop of religious statues. Then we go to San Roque where they work with natural fibers from the penco plant. In Cotacachi we have lunch and visit the leather goods shops.
Includes: transport, bilingual guide (Spanish – English), lunch and entrance to workshops. Duration: 7 hours
Transfer from Otavalo to Cotopaxi in private vehicle
You will be picked up at the hotel by a Spanish-speaking driver and taken to Cotopaxi in a private vehicle. This drive through the Andes mountains takes 3 to 4 hours.
Day trip Cotopaxi National Park
After breakfast we drive into the national park. In the morning, the chance of seeing the snowy volcano top unclouded is considerably higher than in the afternoon. We make a stop at Lake Limpiopungo where you can take beautiful pictures. Then we drive on to the parking lot at the foot of the volcano. From here we move on at foot. It is only a short distance to the refugio but due to the height it is quite a climb. At the refugio we enjoy the beautiful view of the National Park and some other volcanoes. Then we hike a little further to the 5000 meter altitude, where the glacier starts. If the height plays tricks on you, you descend back to the car. Included: transport in private car, English speaking guide and lunch box.
Transfer from Cotopaxi to Quito in private car (SP-speaking driver)
* All transfers are done with private car and Spanish-speaking driver unless otherwise stated
* Mentioned trips and excursions are examples from a wider range. Check out our website for more options.
* This travel proposal is based on 2-person standard rooms, unless stated otherwise. Surcharges for single rooms or luxury
rooms are on request.
* This travel proposal is without obligation, depending on the travel period and subject to availability.
* In the final travel program, certain fixed days of activities must be taken into account, such as ineemse
markets, departure dates of cruises and flights, etc. We do everything possible to optimize the activities mentioned in the program
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