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Otavalo Market (PRIVATE Day Trip from Quito)

5 (5)
Otavalo, EC

Otavalo Market (PRIVATE Day Trip from Quito)

5 (5)
Otavalo, EC
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Experience the vibrant and colorful atmosphere of Otavalo Market on this private day trip from Quito. Immerse yourself in the rich indigenous traditions as you explore the market, filled with an impressive variety of handcrafts, tapestries, and weaving made by the local people. Test your Spanish and bargaining skills as you browse through stalls offering colorful and affordable knitted sweaters, hats, gloves, and more. Take in the breathtaking views of the Imabura Volcano and visit the nearby town of Cotacachi, known for its high-quality leather goods. With a total duration of 420 to 480 minutes, this tour promises an unforgettable cultural experience and the opportunity to take home unique souvenirs. Don't miss the chance to discover the heart and soul of Ecuador at Otavalo Market.

About this experience

  • Free Cancellation For a full refund cancel at least before the start of your booking
  • 7 hours - 8 hours
  • Suitable for 1-15 Participants
  • Private Tour
  • Guided Experience
  • Famous indigenous market with traditions and handcrafts
  • Colorful and inexpensive knitted sweaters, hats, gloves
  • Impressive variety of handcrafts, tapestries, and weaving
  • Opportunity to test Spanish and bargaining skills
  • Visit Cotacachi, known for its leather goods
  • Local guide
  • Private tour
  • Transport by private vehicle
  • Bottle of water
  • Food and drinks
  • Lunch

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Discover the vibrant and culturally rich Otavalo Market on this private day trip from Quito. Immerse yourself in the traditions and handcrafts of the indigenous people, as you explore the market's impressive variety of textiles, ceramics, woodwork, silverware, leather goods, and more. The market comes alive every day, but for the ultimate experience, visit on a Saturday or Wednesday when it is bustling with activity. Test your Spanish and bargaining skills as you interact with the friendly vendors and find colorful and affordable knitted sweaters, hats, gloves, and other unique items.

What to expect?

During this tour, which lasts approximately 7-8 hours, you'll embark on a journey from Quito to the enchanting town of Otavalo. Along the way, you'll have the opportunity to admire the picturesque landscapes and scenic beauty of Ecuador. The first stop is Cayambe, known for its delicious salt biscuits called Bizcocho, often enjoyed with local cheese and milk caramel. Then, you'll continue to a magnificent lake with the majestic Imbabura Volcano as its backdrop. Finally, you'll arrive in Otavalo and dive into the market's vibrant atmosphere, filled with the vibrant colors and intricate craftsmanship of the local indigenous people.

Who is this for?

This private day trip to Otavalo Market is perfect for travelers who crave a deeper cultural experience and an opportunity to connect with Ecuador's indigenous heritage. Art lovers, bargain hunters, and those with an appreciation for traditional craftsmanship will find themselves in heaven at this iconic market. Whether you're an experienced traveler or someone looking to unearth hidden gems, this tour caters to all who seek a colorful and authentic shopping experience.

Why book this?

Immerse yourself in the vibrant culture and tradition of Otavalo Market on this private day trip. Explore the market's vast array of handcrafted goods, from textiles to ceramics, and interact with local indigenous vendors. From colorful knitted sweaters to unique leather jackets and bags, there's something for everyone at this bustling market. This tour offers a chance to escape the city and immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Ecuador's landscapes, with scenic stops along the way. With a private guide, you'll have the freedom to explore at your own pace and make the most of your shopping experience. Don't miss this opportunity to discover the rich heritage of Otavalo Market.

Good to know

Please note that the market is open every day, but for the fullest experience, plan your visit on a Saturday or Wednesday. The total duration of the tour ranges from 7 to 8 hours, providing ample time to explore and shop to your heart's content. Remember to bring cash as many vendors may not accept credit cards. Also, brush up on your Spanish and bargaining skills to make the most of your shopping experience. Finally, don't forget to pack your camera to capture the vibrant colors and cultural encounters that await you at the Otavalo Market.


Visitors of the Otavalo Market rave about the vibrant atmosphere and the wide variety of handcrafted goods available. They appreciate the presence of indigenous vendors who are not only friendly but also take pride in sharing their cultural heritage. Travelers especially enjoy the opportunity to test their Spanish and bargaining skills while finding unique souvenirs and gifts. Many reviewers also praise the stunning landscapes and natural beauty encountered during the tour, making it a truly unforgettable experience. Overall, the feedback highlights the Otavalo Market as a must-visit destination for an authentic and immersive cultural experience in Ecuador.

How long before the event do I need to book?

  • You can book at any time before the event

Vouchers accepted in the following formats

  • Mobile

Is an adult required for the booking?

  • At least one adult or senior required per booking

Your Itinerary

Plaza De Los Ponchos Mercado

Driving north of Quito is the most famous indigenous market of Ecuador: Otavalo, full of traditions and handcrafts. Following the route is Cayambe, very well known by local people for its salt biscuits called Bizcocho that is usually served with local cheese and milk caramel. Then driving northern a nice lake can be appreciated with the background a majestic Imabura Volcano. Finally arrive to Otavalo town where the local market is based. If you want to see the market at its fullest, visit on a Saturday or Wednesday. Some typical items can be found such as handmade textile, ceramic, wood, silver, leather, and metal products.


The last stop for the day is Cotacachi located just 10 minutes away from Otavalo, a town known for its leather goods with really great leather jackets and bags. Afternoon time to drive back to Quito.



5 (5)


Our private trip to Otavalo market was amazing. Our guide Javier was super friendly and knowledgeable about everywhere we stopped. I was expecting to just travel to the market and back to Quito but Javier stopped at a beautiful viewpoint overlooking a volcano and at a rose stand on the way. The time at the market was just enough to enjoy (without spending too much money!) and then he took us to a nearby park and waterfall. Lunch is not included but the restaurant he took us to was very reasonably priced and delicious. Our last stop was at a bird rescue where he told us all about the native Ecuadorian condors. Overall we had a great (and tiring day) and enjoyed it all. We would definitely book it again!


This was a great day trip! Our guide was very helpful, kind, and full of interesting information about the area and history. He knew both English and Spanish fluently. This was a pet-friendly excursion. We were in a large van that comfortably accommodated us and our medium sized dog. Both the driver and the guide were flexible, considerate, and interested in ensuring we had the best time! I would gladly recommend this trip to anyone looking for a private tour or excursion around Ecuador.


We had Cristian as our guide and he was fantastic! He drove us to several sights then to the market which was a highlight! A wonderful tour guide, knowledgeable and professional and fun! Would highly recommend anyone going to Ecuador and spending the day with Cristian!


If you can afford the private tour, well worth doing. The market is amazing and a visit to the local weaving factory equally unusual. Good stops.


Cristian is an excellent guide and our tour was great! He is very knowledgeable and customized our stops along the way to show us a diverse range of different towns that gave us a great taste of Ecuador!
Collected by Evendo, Tripadvisor & Viator
2024-04-18 07:46