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Embark on a captivating full-day journey to Otavalo in the northern highlands of Ecuador. Immerse yourself in the vibrant tapestry of one of South America’s most renowned indigenous markets, where colorful textiles and traditional crafts beckon. Enhance your cultural experience by visiting a local indigenous family, gaining intimate insights into their customs, and savoring the rich flavors of their gastronomic heritage during a delightful meal. As you traverse this day tour, take pride in knowing that your exploration actively supports the local community and contributes to the well-being of the Otavalo family, fostering a sustainable connection with their unique way of life
Swissôtel Quito – Please, passengers should be at the Swissotel corner located at 12 de Octubre Avenue 15 minutes before departure.
OTAVALO CULTURAL & ANDEAN GASTRONOMY
Depart from Quito with your private guide to embark on an exciting journey.
Panoramic view of Quito, a city known for its beautifully preserved colonial architecture, considered one of the best in Latin America. Continue your journey northwards, heading to the picturesque Guayabamba Valley and onwards to Cayambe, renowned for its Ecuadorian rose exports, rich farmland, and delectable biscuit production.
We will make a pit stop to savor the famous Cayambe biscuits, a local specialty. Enjoy a panoramic view of San Pablo Lake. Visit the Otavalo Market: Nestled in the heart of the Andes Mountains, Otavalo Market is a vibrant tapestry of Ecuador’s indigenous culture. Known as one of South America’s most famous markets, it’s a captivating blend of colors, traditions, and craftsmanship.
Immerse yourself in the vibrant colors and rich culture of Otavalo as you wander through one of the largest indigenous markets in South America. Discover intricate textiles, exquisite handicrafts, and local artwork.
Next stop: Embark on a unique journey to the heart of Otavalo, where a warm and welcoming local family will open their doors to share their culture, culinary traditions, and daily life with you. Experience the traditional Chicha de Jora, a fermented corn beverage, and savor the presentation of ancestral Andean cuisine. Immerse yourself in the flavors and essence of Otavalo’s rich culture.
In this immersive cooking class, you’ll discover the rich tapestry of Andean cuisine, rooted in centuries-old traditions and using locally sourced, ancestral ingredients.
But this isn’t just a cooking class; it’s an opportunity to immerse yourself in the cultural heritage of the Otavalo people. Through engaging conversations and shared stories, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of the significance of these dishes in the local way of life.
Community: We take great pride in the positive impact our tourism initiatives have on the Otavalo family and community. When you choose to explore this enchanting region with us, you’re not only embarking on a journey of cultural discovery but also contributing to the well-being of local communities.