Culture and Adventure

Combine spectacular hikes with a deeper insight into indigenous culture.
4days/3nights
By Duration: 3-4 days        By Destination: Cotacachi-Otavalo        By Interest: Culture ||

Summary

 

Description: We start our tour by visiting several indigenous villages and handicraft workshops. After lunch you will have some free time to explore the famous market in Otavalo, before heading to the village where you will have dinner with your host family and spend the night. After a good night´s sleep (2), we go to Lake Cuicocha and do a loop hike around its perimeter, enjoying the diverse flora and fauna of the Cotacachi-Cayapas Ecological Reserve.  The following day (3) we head to Lake Mojanda for our climb of Fuya Fuya Mountain (4.265m, 14.000ft). You will spend the rest of the day with your host family, taking part in their daily activities and having dinner with them.The next morning (4), after breakfast and some optional morning activities, it is time to say goodbye to your host family and your return.

Difficulty: moderate

Total Duration: 4days/3nights

Note: There is a 5-day version of this tour (LCP-3a), with a horse riding tour (see tour LCT-5) included.

Itinerary

Tour Itinerary*

Day 1

- 9am: Tour start at Runa Tupari office in Otavalo

- 10am: Visit of San Rafael community with workshop of handicrafts made of totora reedgrass

- 11am: Visit of Peguche Waterfall and a workshop of music instruments

- 1pm: lunch in Otavalo

- 2pm: free time to explore the Otavalo handicraft market

- 3pm: visit of a weaver´s workshop in the indigenous community of Carabuela

- 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 Cuicocha Lake (~30min)

- 8am: start hiking around the crater rim of Lake Cuicocha  (~4 hours)

- 1pm: drive to Cotacachi, lunch and free time to explore the city and its famous leather shops

- 3pm: drive to homestay accommodation, free afternoon to participate in everyday activities of host family

- 7pm: dinner with host family

 

Day 3

- 7am: breakfast with host family

- 7:30am: drive to Mojanda Lake (~45min)

- 8:15am: climb of Fuya Fuya mountain (~2 hours), rest at the top

- 11am: descend back to Lake Mojanda (~90min), drive to Otavalo

- 1pm: lunch in Otavalo

- 2pm: transfer to homestay accommodation, free afternoon to participate in everyday activities of host family

- 7pm: dinner with host family

 

Day 4

~7:30am: breakfast with host family, free time with host family

~10am: return to Otavalo, end of tour

 

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

 

Map

LCP-3

 

Included Services

Guide, private transport, accommodation, food, entry fees Difficulty: moderate

What to bring?

Mandatory: clothes and personal things for four days, good walking shoes, sun protection, fleece/warm layer, some fitness, interest in indigenous culture

Recommended: camera, rain coat, acclimatization to altitude

Optional: hiking poles

Prices

1

participant

2

participants

3-4

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5-10
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>10
participants

400 US$

260 US$

240 US$

220 US$

200 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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