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IMMERSE YOURSELF IN THE ANDES Always On the Move

A city located at only two hours from Quito. Otavalo has preserved the indigenous traditions as part of its culture through time, as their clothing, textiles, food, family values, beliefs among others
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Cotopaxi volcano is one of the most iconic and photographed volcanoes in South America, its the second highes active volcano. The meaning of Cotopaxi is the combination of two words Coto means neck and Paxi means moon in the Quichua (inca language), therefore, the translation would be “Neck of the Moon”.  On a clear summer night, the moon seems to be seating on top of the crater, and looks like a human head and the snow looks like a neck and a poncho this is the reason why it is called, "Neck of the moon".

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Highlands | La Sierra , Otavalo Discover Destinations
Departure Location
Quito-Ecuador
Return Location
Quito-Ecuador
Tour Start Date & Time
Everyday
Price includes
  • A guided tour of important places
  • Entrance tickets to monuments and museums
  • Transportation
Price does not include
  • Meals, unless expressly states
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Inca Heritage

The Otavaleños are the ones that have preserved their Inca heritage more than any other indigenous comunity in Ecuador, their way to get dressed, the food and their hair styles, men and women have long hairs. Also several festivities and different festivals to thank the elements of the mother earth or “Pacha Mama” or Father Sun “Taita Inti” are part  of the culture that Otavalo still preserves.

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Otavalo Market Tourism

Otavalo Market, is also a must-see tourist attraction in Ecuador being one of the biggest indigenous markets in South America, it is essential not to miss this trip to this unique town and market, since there is not much that compares to it around the globe.

This open market is full of colorful textiles and kiosks which are set up daily, here you can find yourself bedazzled and overwhelmed with such a variety, prices at the market are reasonable so feel free to shop, but if bargaining is your style you can give it a try when buying alpaca sweaters, ponchos, beanies, gloves, socks or hand-embroidered tablecloths, hats, paintings or rugs.

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Otavalo Culture

Textile weaving by hand with manual or automatic looms is part of the culture, not only of Otavalo but from this entire province of Imbabura, textile weaving in otavalo is a tradition, but, what makes the textiels from Otavalo unique are the colors and their meanigful designs from the pre inca civilizations, which till today these symbols are preserved by reproducing them in the  tapestry

Musicians, this land is also know for their musicians, musicians that travel all over the world playing their panflutes and the recognizable music from the andes.

Merchants, some history books tell us that the Otavalos where one of the firs groups of Ecuadorias who traveled abroad to sell their textile products and the ones who started to export these products from ecuador, Otavaleños have a long history of traveling around the world taking their products to sell them abroad at a better price.

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Otavalo Market Food

Part of an everyday diet for an Otavaleños is rich in grains basicly all types of corn, pork and potato pankakes like, called tortillas de papa this dish is called fritada, also the trditional pulled pork or Hornado, wich is a pork slowly cooked in a brick oven for many hours, making it very tender and delicious.

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Shrines & Temples

Meiji-jingū Tokyo’s grandest Shintō shrine, set in a wooded grove. Ueno Tōshō-gū Recently restored, gilded homage to warlord Tokugawa Ieyasu. Inokashira Benzaiten Ancient sanctuary of the sea goddess, Benzaiten. Akagi-jinja Centuries-old shrine updated with modern style.

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Cotopaxi volcano is one of the most iconic and photographed volcanoes in South America, its the second highes active volcano. The meaning of Cotopaxi is the combination of two words Coto means neck and Paxi means moon in the Quichua (inca language), therefore, the translation would be “Neck of the Moon”.  On a clear summer night, the moon seems to be seating on top of the crater, and looks like a human head and the snow looks like a neck and a poncho this is the reason why it is called, "Neck of the moon".

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Located an hour and a half north of Ecuadors capital city of Quito, therefore making it fairly easy to explore and shop all your Alpaca clothing you always wanted, as well as enbroidered table cloths, napkins, table runners among many other souvenirs found at this huge indigenous market.

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Located in South America, in the small country of Ecuador in the province of Imbabura, also known as the lanf of the Lakes "Los Lagos"

 

 

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Colorful Otavalo Market

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$75 per person
Duration
1 Day
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More than 1
Travellers
2+

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