Otavalo Market and Middle of the World

Otavalo, Ecuador

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Duration: 1 day
Group size: 1 - 15
Otavalo Market and Middle of the World
Otavalo, Ecuador

Galapagos My World
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2 reviews

Duration: 1 day
Group size: 1 - 15

About this trip

Walk on middle of colors, fabrics, precious metals, wood handy-crafts and nice characters that give life to one of the most famous indigenous markets in Ecuador and South America. 

The Otavalo Market still preserves its indigenous heritage. The natives with their local language will call your attention so that you do shopping in their stands. Bargain over the prices of the textiles or items you like and get a good discount.

See beautiful Andean landscapes. Visit the lagoon of the gods "Cuicocha Lake". Explore this magnificent eco-system full of plants, such as orquids, ferns and native trees.

Otavalo is one of the top tours in Ecuador. This is thanks to its ancient cultural heritage, enriched by traditions, myths, legends and customs. The beauty that surrounds Otavalo can be found in the mountains, volcanoes, lakes, waterfalls and rivers. Learn more about the Andean worldview.

Otavalo is located within the province of Imbabura. This province was declared a Geopark by the Unesco due to its large number of lakes and its magnificent geological formations, such as the Peguche waterfall. 

Visit the Middle of the World by Cayambe town. Point out solstices and equinoxes, as well as the hours of the day, which are marked by the projection of the shadow of a large 10-meter-high pole that is located exactly in the center of this large circular platform.


Otavalo itinerary


Pick up is scheduled at 7:30 a.m. You will be picked up from the hotel or Quito airport.

Quitsato (middle of the world)

We'll visit the middle of the world by Cayambe town. Here,you can learn more about the equatorial line and its influence on indigenous people. An interpreter from this place will teach you about astronomy and tell you about the most relevant details of the middle the world.

Otavalo Market

You will visit the Otavalo market to do some shopping or simply to admire the works of jeweler´s, cabinetry, textiles, leather work, painting, etc. 

Cuicocha lake

We'll explore the Cuicocha lagoon and we will take a walk through the trails that are in the upper part of the lagoon. We'll identify the most important plants of this ecosystem such as ferns, orchids, bromeliads and native trees such as the pumamaki. 

Back to Quito. 

What’s included

  • Certified Guide
    An English-speaking Certified Naturalist Guide - Driver or Tour Leader
  • Transportation
    For big groups, we offer comfort mini buses.
  • Cuicocha Lake
    National Park Registration
  • Quitsato Sundial
    Admission (middle of the world)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Meals
    Lunch or snacks
  • Tips
  • Optionals
    Bank fees or personal expenses

Available Packages

Rate based in a group of 4 participants

Total price for 4 participants is $300 USD (Without bank fees)

Rate based in a group of 3 participants

Total price for 3 participants is $240 USD (without bank fees)

Rate based in a group of 2 participants

Total price for 2 participants is $190 USD

Single participant

Total rate for 1 participant is $175 USD


Your Organizer

Galapagos My World
2 reviews
We are trip organizers, who have traveled on all the roads, villages, lagoons, volcanoes, rivers, reserves and National Parks of Ecuador Mainland and Galapagos Islands to be able to advise with our first-hand experiences to many travelers who visit the wonderful Ecuador. Our experiential knowledge will be at your disposal to help you to create an experience for you, that will optimize your time and budget. If you dare to visit Ecuador, we are ready!!! are you ready?


Quilotoa lagoon is beautiful, and Eduardo walked me through it as a wonderful experience. Stopping on the way I enjoyed experiencing the life of the indigeounous native people, their markets and art. Thank you for an unforgettable experience.
By Michal E for Quilotoa Lagoon on Aug 25, 2022
Thank you Eduardo for sharing your vast knowledge and giving us detailed information both to prepare us before the trip and during the trip. You made sure we felt comfortable at all times and provided for all our needs. We had a wonderful experience and enjoyed it very much.
By Michal E for Mindo Cloud Forest on Aug 25, 2022