Cotacachi – Otavalo
Por Destino
1 day
By duration
Culture, Development, Microenterprises
By interest
Nivel Físico

Description: On this tour we will visit several indigenous villages, where we learn about different kinds of handicrafts and how they are made; for example mats made of totora reed, musical instruments, weavings made of sheep wool and jewelry made of seeds. The tour also includes a visit to Peguche Waterfall and the town of Cotacachi, which is famous for its leatherwork. Finally, we will head to the spectacular Lake Cuicocha within the Cotacachi-Cayapas Ecological Reserve.

Difficulty: easy

Total Duration: app. 7 hours

Tour Itinerary*

– 09:00 – meeting point Runa Tupari office in Otavalo (pick-up from hotel in Otavalo is possible)

– 09:30 – visit of San Rafael community, handicrafts made of totora reedgrass

– 10:30 – visit of Peguche Waterfall and a workshop of music instruments

– 11:30 – visit of a weaver´s workshop in the indigenous community of Carabuela

– 13:00 – lunch in Cotacachi, free time to explore the city and its leather shops

– 14:00 – visit of a women project in La Calera, jewelry made of natural materials

– 14:30 – drive to Cuicocha Lake, free time at the lake (~45min)

– 16:00 – return to Otavalo

*Given times are approximate times. Starting times and order of activities may be changed due to weather conditions, clients´preferences and other reasons.

  • guide,
  • private transport,
  • lunch,
  • entry fees

Mandatory: interest in handicrafts and indigenous culture

Recommended: camera, water (small bottle), sun protection, fleece/warm layer

Optional: some money in case you want to buy handmade handicrafts








45 US$

40 US$

35 US$

Prices are per person. Ecuadorian clients will be charged an additional 12% VAT.
Children under 2 years travel for free. Children 2-6 years pay half the price.

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