Cotacachi – Otavalo
Por Destino
2 days
By duration
Culture, Development, Microenterprises
By interest
Nivel Físico

Description: You start your tour on Friday with a visit to Lake Cuicocha and a short hike or a boat trip (optional). Afterwards, we will take you to the indigenous village where you will be spending the night. After a warm welcome, your host family will invite you to take part in their daily activities and later share dinner with them. The next morning after breakfast, we will pick you up and go to Otavalo to see the weekly animal market, and finally the famous handicrafts market at Plaza de Ponchos with its overwhelming plethora of colors and materials.

Difficulty: easy

Total Duration: 2days/1night

Note: You can also do this tour beginning with a visit to the markets in Otavalo on Saturday, and return on Sunday (Option LCP-1a).


Day 1

– ~1pm (later starting time is possible): Tour start at Runa Tupari office in Otavalo (or pick up from you hotel), drive to Lake Cuicocha

– 2pm: visit of Lake Cuicocha, short hike or boat tour (optional)

– 4pm: transfer to indigenous host family, free afternoon to participate in everyday activities of host family

– 7pm: dinner with host family


Day 2

– 7am: breakfast with host family

– 7:30: drive to Otavalo

– 8am: visit of traditional animal market

– 9:30: visit of fruit and vegetable market

– 11am: visit of famous handicraft market “Plaza de Ponchos”

– 1pm: lunch, afterwards free time to explore the town and for more shopping.



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

  • Guide,
  • private transport,
  • accommodation,
  • meals (D, B, L),
  • entry fees

Mandatory: clothes and personal things for one night

Recommended: camera

Optional: some money if you want to buy something at the markets








100 US$

90 US$

80 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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