Just two hours north of Quito lie the lush volcanic highlands. Our destination is the Otavalo market. As we pass into the highlands, we are treated to a sweeping view of Imbabura and Cotacachi Volcanoes rising above San Pablo Lake.
This land is rich in friendly and colorfully attired indigenous people, historic working haciendas, and volcanoes with verdant slopes and lakes. It is an excellent opportunity to visit various indigenous communities that distribute their daily life between farming and crafts, which are later on sold at the handcraft Otavalo market.
The main attraction here is the Otavalo market, which dates back thousands of years and is famous throughout the Andes for its handicrafts, textiles and tapestries. We will also visit an open-air food market with a colorful array of produce, spices and world-renown flowers.