DEPARTURES

WEDNESDAY, FRIDAY AND SATURDAY

Without minimum of passengers

HOUR

At 09H00

From Bulevar Naciones Unidas Stop

RATES FROM

60 USD ADULTS

13 to 64 years old. National and International passengers.

40 USD SPECIAL

Children up to 12 years old, Seniors 65 years old or older, and people with disabilities (Valid ID required)

Visit the tourist highlights in the province of Imbabura where you can visit the largest Indigenous Market in Latin America in Otavalo. In our tour we will visit:

Quitsato Solar Clock

San Pablo Lake's Lookout

Otavalo the largest Indigenous Market in Latin America

Hike To The Peguche Waterfall

Boat Trip In the Lagoon of Cuicocha

PICK UP

 08h05 – El Quinde Visitors Center

Venezuela St. & Espejo. Plaza Grande.

How to get

08h25 – La Mariscal / Plaza Foch

Reina Victoria St. between Calama & Mariscal Foch. Stop #3 Quito Tour Bus

How to get

08h45 – Boulevar Naciones Unidas

Shyris Ave. & Naciones Unidas Ave.

How to get

ITINERARY

Visit the main attractions of the province of Imbabura within approximately 10 hours. Crossing the Valley of Guayllabamba, we will arrive at the Quitsato Solar Clock, site thru which the Equatorial Line passes. Then, we will make a stop at the lookout of Lake San Pablo, and continue the journey to Otavalo where we will visit the largest indigenous market in South America, an ideal place for shopping. Afterwards, we will head up to Peguche Waterfall, a beautiful ritual and spiritual site where the inhabitants, on the eve of Inti Raymi take a sacred bath under the waterfall. The adventure continues towards the Cuicocha Lagoon in the Cotacachi – Cayapas Reserve.

BEGINNING OF THE TOUR

09h00

From Bulevar Naciones Unidas

Quitsato Solar Clock

Point where the Equinoctial Line crosses, a local guide will explain the informative astronomy data, and we will learn how our natives could measure time to establish the days of solstices and equinoxes.

Lake San Pablo's Lookout

Panoramic view for photographing one of the largest lagoons in the province of Imbabura. Here you would be able to buy the famous biscuits and cheese leaf sold only on this site.

Otavalo's Indigenous Market

Free time to walk around the largest indigenous market in Latin America and to have lunch.

Peguche Waterfall

Sacred place where the Otavaleños perform ancestral rituals and purifying baths.

Return

End of the tour

19h00 aprox.

Important Information

Ecological Reserve Cotacachi – Cayapas

Grasslands spashed with flowers, domain of the condor, the wind and the cold. Rugged foothills that lie behind the fog, a universe of orchids that grow on the trees of the cloud forest. Lowlands crisscrossed by rivers and populated by ancient trees. Cotacachi-Cayapas, its name alone already gives us an idea of the great variety of altitudinal climates that are contained and protected by this reserve: from the rocky summit, sometimes covered in snow, of the Cotacachi volcano at 4,939 meters on the western Andean mountain range, to the tropical rainforest on the lowlands at the shoreline of the Cayapas river. This great altitudinal climate is due to its location and size, and make Cotacachi-Cayapas one of the protected areas that houses the biggest range of ecosystem types. Very high up on the mountain range we find moorlands and sandy areas of the Cotacachi volcano; then come the mountain slope forests on the pacific side, with its great diversity and complexity; a little further down we find the exuberant rainforests of the pacific coast.

IT INCLUDES

  • Tourist Transport
  • Bilingual Guide (Eng – Ing)
  • Entrance and Visit to the Quitsato Solar Clock
  • Visit the San Pablo Lake Lookout
  • Visit the Otavalo Market
  • Visit the Peguche Waterfall
  • Boat trip through the Cuicocha Lagoon or San Pablo Lake (depending on availability)
  • Mini snack

NOT INCLUDES

  • Other details not specified
  • Meals
  • Tips

WHAT TO BRING

  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Jacket
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Insect Repellent
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera
  • Passport, to get an official stamp of the Quitsato Solar Clock
You must arrive at the point of pick up 10 minutes before the set time. (Check the Itinerary)

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