Half Day Community Tour ONLY FROM OTAVALO

Otavalo, Ecuador

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Duration: 1 day
Group size: 1 - 999
Half Day Community Tour ONLY FROM OTAVALO
Otavalo, Ecuador

Optional Tours
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35 reviews

Duration: 1 day
Group size: 1 - 999

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.   

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…). 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.
 

Private Group – Minimum 2 passengers

Daily Departures - Yes

What’s included

  • Transport
    Spanish speaking driver
  • English speaking guide
    English speaking guide and Visits to families
  • Not Included
    Meals, Shaman Visit, Boat trip on Cuicocha Lake, Tips, Personal expenses

Available Packages

Per person (Up to 3 pax)
$31
Per person (From 5 to more pax)
$25

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