Otavalo, Ecuador

About this trip

This is the most important indigenous market in Ecuador and it has a centennial history of fair trade, community sense and pride.

The natural and biological richness of the city of Otavalo and its surroundings has made it possible for the establishment of one of the most important cultures of Ecuador and Latin America. The Otavalos, or Otavaleños, have lived for centuries close to the San Pablo Lake, where they have developed their artistic skills using the resources of their environment, learning the art of making handicrafts. The ‘Plaza de Ponchos’, the central square, is a meeting place of cultures, where handicrafts and products from different regions of the country are offered and which, for centuries, has been used for this purpose.

A tour for shopping lovers! We will have the chance to merge with the people and their culture by visiting the fruits and vegetable market to know the richness of products of this part of the world and, then, visit the handicrafts market where you can go crazy and shop till you drop!

On the way, we will visit the Quitsato Museum, an interesting site showing how an Ecuadorian scientist has developed a very easy and graphic explanation about the observations of our ancestors to find the exact middle of the world and how it was and still is related to the local culture and beliefs.


Day Trip


  • Hotel pick-up
  • Visit the Quitsato Museum, considered the ‘true’ Middle of the World
  • Visit one of Cayambe’s famous savoury biscuit factories (this is the region’s most popular and favourite snack. You have to try it!) 
  • Sightseeing at San Pablo Lake 
  • Shopping time at Otavalo Market

Includes: Private tourist transportation, certified bilingual guide and lunch

Excludes: Entrance fees, personal expenses, drinks and tips

Your Organizer

Quito Bike Tours and Travel Experiences
3 reviews
Quito Bike Tours® is the first company in Quito to run urban bicycle tours. We pride ourselves on positive activism and sustainable tourism. We are passionate about doing things ethically whilst having fun. We want to share this beautiful UNESCO heritage city with you! Travel Experiences Awesome Tours and Experiences: Do you want to feel, see, taste and learn about Ecuador? Then join us on one of our day/ multi-day tours, privately or in a group. Contact Us! We know how to make your travel discovery and adventures unique.


I would rate this trip as one of the most outstanding ones we have ever made. And thanks God we could still make it, before Corona took over. What really made the difference in Nicky Lodge was our Guide Pedro -what a special person with so much knowledge and charm, his background, originally from the region, simply overwhelmed us. The lodge was O.K, the cook and the staff so attentive, we really did feel at home. Some of the guides there simply were, as to our opinion, already too touristic. I don't need a personal book to be personally recommendated, do I? The trip was very well organized, we would do it again. I Hope all of you are well, we are with you, Antje and Sylvia
The bus itself was comfortable and clean. Love the second level seating, the view was great from there. The driver and the guide were great, knowledgeable, and friendly. I learned a lot about Ecuador in a fun way through this bus tour. Once at the equator, we went our own ways and met up in a couple hours, which was nice to venture out on our own for a little. My favorite part was the Agave house tour. Again, super educational and getting to taste the Miske and other parts of the agave plant was amazing. 110% would reccomend. Worth the $ and worth the time!
We had a wonderful time with lovely people as guide, driver muy careful and agency muy agréable y useful through a 30 day trip across le country. We recommend surely Quito bike tours for a trip in Ecuador with people local outside of touristic area.

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