The Otavalo Market, which makes this market town famous, is undoubtedly one of the most important and spectacular markets in all of Latin America.
Cuicocha Crater Lake is located 12 km southwest of Cotacachi and 14 km from Otavalo and is one of the most beautiful Lake in Ecuador and a “off the beaten path” destination ! Cuicocha lies at the foot of the extinct volcano Cotocachi (4968m) in the Western Cordillera in the province of Imbabura, north of Quito. The fascinating Caldera has a 3 km wide and approx. 200 mts deep crater lake.
Our Day Tour Otavalo Market Cuicocha Lake Cotacachi will combine the Visit or Hike of the Cuicocha Lagoon and the Otavalo market, Otavalo is attractive to visitors for both its outstanding shopping and its cultural significance.
One of the particularities of Cuicocha Crater Lake that makes it even more special than Quilotoa are the 2 islands in the middle of it, actually they are lava domes, which rise over the water surface. They are well covered with vegetation and support some wildlife. It is possible to do the Cuicocha Loop (approx. 4-5 hours) but if you want to dot it we would need to know to contact a local guide (extra cost).
The best day of the week to hit Otavalo market is Saturday, which is the biggest market day for tourists and locals alike. The textile part of the market is busiest on Saturdays but operates all week and you will always find some attractive souvenirs and handicrafts on sale here. It is recommended to take part in this tour on weekends, but if you can’t, it is not a problem. Day Tour Otavalo Market Cuicocha Lake Cotacachi
What makes the Saturday special is the Otavalo animal market. By 6am, with the sun rising and the mountains casting improbable shadows over the town, the market is already alive. Otavalo Market is one of the most popular Ecuador tourist attractions. The market is full of brightly-coloured, woven craftwork and the indigenous people of Otavalo wear their traditional costume on a daily basis.
Morning: Pick up and transfer from Quito to Cotacachi. Visit of the Cuicocha Lake (Hike if you want to do it)
Early Afternoon: Lunch and Visit of the Otavalo Market.
Return to Quito. End of our services.