Otavalo is located on the province of Imbabura, known also as the “lake province”, in the north part of the country. Imbabura counts with a pleasant dry climate with temperatures averaging around 64 degrees Fahrenheit (18 degrees Celsius) and it is home of many indigenous handicraft markets of which Otavalo is the most famous. The Otavalo market is most popular on Saturday when many indigenous communities gather at the “Plaza de los Ponchos” to exhibit their textile crafts, especially blankets and tapestries, that date from colonial times.
This tour includes visits to indigenous villages located in the north of Otavalo where pre-Incan archaeological sites and sacred places exist. There are many workshops where weavings, musical instruments and other handicrafts are made. This tour is perfect to discover and to experience indigenous traditional knowledge!
Why come and enjoy Otavalo for a few hours? Instead, stay overnight at one of the magnificent haciendas nearby, enjoy dinner and a local peña with the participation of talented indigenous folkloric musical groups. You will not regret the decision to hang out at “The Awakening Valley” (Otavalo’s nickname) a little bit more as it is full of cultural and natural attractions that you can enjoy.