Full Day Community Tour & Cuicocha Lagoon ONLY FROM OTAVALO

Otavalo, Ecuador

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Full Day Community Tour & Cuicocha Lagoon ONLY FROM OTAVALO
Otavalo, Ecuador

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About this trip


Today´s tour is all about the indigenous communities that surround Otavalo. Depending the day you will visit one or more of the following communities that all have families specialized in their own craftmanship.

Hat craftmanship

Afterwards you will be brought to the small village of Iluman, known for the craftsmanship of hats. You visit some local families, all dedicated to a different craftsmanship, with your guide.  One family is, for example, famous for the elaboration of hats out of sheep wool.

Tapestries, shawls and ponchos craftmanship

In the village of Carabuela, you can see how tapices (tapestries), shawls and poncho’s are made with a small handmade weaving loom. An amazing process!

Mats craftmanship

Another family works on big mats made from Totora reed. This reed grows on the sides of the San Pablo Lake, close to the Imbabura volcano.

If you are interested in shamanism, you might want to visit one of the shamans in Iluman. Indigenous people visit shamans for a ‘limpieza’, a cleansing of the body, to receive positive energy or to get rid of negative energy. To get a demonstration of a cleansing, the shaman will ask for an additional cost, depending on the treatment.

Afterwards, you will visit the nearby village of Cotacachi. This quiet town is very famous all over Ecuador for its good quality leather. You will find many shops selling different items (belts, jackets, bags…). Don’t hesitate to shop while you are there as the prices of the leather are lower than back home. You will head to the Cuicocha Lake, located 12 km from Cotacachi. Cuicocha is a young volcano that erupted 4,500 years ago which covered a large area of northwestern South America with ashes. This intense activity continued until about 1,300 years ago. The lake is formed in a former crater of the Cotacachi volcano and has two islands inside of it called Teodoro Wolf and José María Yerovi. From there, you can walk up to the viewpoint for some nice pictures, hike near the lake or jump on one of the small boats for a tour around the lake.

Group – Minimum 2 passengers

What’s included

  • Transport
  • English speaking guide
  • Visits to families
  • Visit Cuicocha Lagoon
  • Meals
  • Shaman Visit
  • Boat trip
    Boat trip on Cuicocha Lake
  • Tips
  • Personal expenses

Available Packages

Per person (Up to 3 pax)
Per person (From 5 to more pax)

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We had a wonderful time, even though my boyfriend got sick on the bus ride (motion sickness). The guides and driver were very friendly and helpful. The trip up to the top was tougher than we anticipated, but with the expertise of Claudia and the rest of the team we arrived in good shape at the top. Luckily the snow started to melt when we arrived, so we could see all the nice colors and we also got to visit The Red Valley. I would definitely recommend this trip to everyone who is in a good physical shape. We had a great time.
By Romy V for OB 20681 Rainbow Mountain and the Red Valley off the beaten path on 21 Oct, 2019
We had a wonderfull trip and a great guide.
By Centina G for OB19020 Titicaca Cultural Express-Full day-Group service on 06 Sep, 2019
The Client seems like they had a lovely time. The Initial booking and itinerary suggestions from Agostina and team were very professional & Helpful. Super efficient!
By Louise M for Corless, Martin x2 - flights on 25 Jun, 2019

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