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Discovering Ecuador’s Andean Wonders: from Otavalo to Cotopaxi 6 Days

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Experience the vibrant culture, stunning landscapes, and warm hospitality of Ecuador with our exciting 6-day program. From the bustling streets of Quito to the serene beauty of the Andes, this adventure offers a perfect blend of city exploration, cultural exchange, and breathtaking natural wonders. Immerse yourself in the heart of Ecuador as we take you on a journey filled with unforgettable memories.

  • Quito City Tour and Middle of the World: Explore the historic streets of Quito, visit the magnificent La Compañía Church, indulge in a delightful chocolate experience, and stand at the middle of the world at the Intiñan Museum.
  • Cultural Exchange in Otavalo: Depart to Otavalo and engage in a unique cultural exchange with a local family. Savor traditional gastronomy and immerse yourself in the rich heritage of the region.
  • Otavalo Market and Cotacachi: Discover the vibrant Otavalo Market, known for its beautiful textiles and crafts. Then, enjoy the tranquil beauty of Cotacachi Lake.
  • Quilotoa Crater and Tigua Community: Witness the mesmerizing Quilotoa Crater and connect with the Tigua community. Spend a night in a local hacienda for an authentic experience.
  • Cotopaxi National Park and Llama Show: Explore the breathtaking landscapes of Cotopaxi National Park and be captivated by a fascinating llama show at San Agustin de Callo Hacienda.
  • Risus Malesuada Tellus Porta Commodo

Departure & Return Location

John F.K. International Airport (Google Map)

Departure Time

3 Hours Before Flight Time

Price Includes

  • Private Transfers.
  • English speaking guide during the journey.
  • Private Transportation.
  • Accommodation.
  • Meals indicated in the itinerary.
  • Visits and excursions indicated in the itinerary.
  • Entrance fee: La Compañía Church. Middle of the World City. Chocolate experience. Intiñan Museum. Quilotoa Community. Llama’s experience.

Price Excludes

  • Services, fee and meal not indicated.
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Tips, personal expenses.
  • Single Supplement $US 474.



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    Day 1Arrive in Quito - The Enchanting Andean Capital

    Your extraordinary journey begins as you touch down in the bustling metropolis of Quito. Nestled high in the Andes, Quito is a city that effortlessly marries centuries of history, diverse culture, and breathtaking natural beauty. Upon arrival, be prepared to be greeted with the warm embrace of Ecuadorian hospitality, setting the stage for an adventure of a lifetime.

    Day 2Quito City Tour + Middle of the World - Where Past and Present Collide

    Today, your senses will come alive as we delve into the heart of Quito’s rich history. Explore the winding streets of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Old Town and step inside La Compañía Church, a breathtaking architectural masterpiece adorned with intricate gold leaf details. Then, embark on a delightful chocolate journey, where you’ll savor the flavors of Ecuador’s cacao heritage.

    Lunch is a sensory delight, featuring a fusion of local flavors. But the highlight of the day is the visit to the Middle of the World Monument, where you can straddle the equator, one foot in each hemisphere. It’s a moment of geographic magic that will leave you in awe. Breakfast and Lunch.

    Day 3Departure to Otavalo - A Cultural Odyssey

    Leaving the bustling city behind, you’ll venture north to the picturesque town of Otavalo. Famous for its indigenous culture and vibrant markets, Otavalo is a living testament to the preservation of traditions and artisan craftsmanship. You’ll engage in a unique cultural exchange with a local family, gaining insights into their way of life and savoring authentic gastronomy that tells stories of generations.

    As the day winds down, you’ll find yourself in a serene local hacienda, where the tranquility of the Andean highlands surrounds you. The authentic experience of rural Ecuador is yours to cherish. Breakfast and Lunch.


    Day 4Visit Otavalo Market and Cotacachi - Treasures and Leathercraft

    Today, you’ll explore the renowned Otavalo Market, a vibrant hub for Ecuadorian handicrafts, textiles, and art. Immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of colors and culture as you shop for unique souvenirs, each telling a story of indigenous artistry.

    As you venture to Cotacachi, known for its exceptional leather craftsmanship, you’ll have the opportunity to discover exquisite leather goods. This is a day that blends cultural immersion with the pleasure of exploring Ecuador’s leather traditions and the soothing embrace of nature, creating memories that will last a lifetime. Breakfast and Lunch.

    Day 5Visit Quilotoa Crater and Tigua Community - Where Nature Meets Culture

    Today, your journey takes you to the stunning Quilotoa Crater, a breathtaking turquoise lake cradled within an ancient volcano. The views are nothing short of awe-inspiring, providing the perfect backdrop for unforgettable photos and personal reflection.

    As you continue, you’ll have the privilege of experiencing the rich culture of the Tigua community, known for their vibrant folk art and warm hospitality. An authentic Ecuadorian hacienda becomes your home for the night, making for an unforgettable cultural immersion and a deeper connection with the heart of Ecuador. Breakfast and Box Lunch.

    Day 6Visit Cotopaxi National Park and Llama Show - Majestic Landscapes and Lively Llamas

    On your final day, the beauty of Cotopaxi National Park unfolds before your eyes. This park is home to the towering Cotopaxi volcano and boasts diverse ecosystems and wildlife. The awe-inspiring landscapes offer a fitting conclusion to your journey. Breakfast and Lunch.

    But there’s a delightful surprise in store for you – an entertaining llama show at San Agustin de Callo Hacienda. The playful and charming llamas add a touch of whimsy to your farewell, leaving you with fond memories of your time in Ecuador.

    As you return to Quito, you carry with you not just photographs but a deeper understanding of Ecuador’s rich heritage, a connection with its people, and a profound appreciation for the natural wonders that make this country so extraordinary. Your adventure may be coming to a close, but the memories and experiences you’ve gained will stay with you forever.