Ecuador Andes: Otavalo and Papallacta (2)

Tour/Activity in Quito, Ecuador

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Experience the northern Andean highlands with Otavalo and Papallacta

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Day 1

Drive from Quito to Otavalo

After breakfast we will depart from Quito via the Panamericana, passing Cayambe volcano to the north. On the way, make a short stop in Guachalá to see an ancient equatorial monument and taste the delicious "Bizcochos de Cayambe". Bizcochos are a local delicacy - a type of biscuit baked in a clay oven. Your next stop is at the "Miralago", a viewpoint high above the spectacular lake San Pablo.

Our trip then continues to Otavalo market where we can see a variety of different handmade products. You can stroll around the market in peace and trade and shop for souvenirs. Overnight in the beautiful Hacienda Pinsaqui at the foot of the Imbabura volcano.

Day 2

Cuicocha Lagoon - Papallacta

Drive in the mrning light to the beautifully located Cuicocha Lagoon, for a hike to the crater rim where you can enjoy fantastic views of the lake and surrounding area.

Make a detour to the waterfall in Peguche before continuing to Papallacta. The drive there is breathtaking as the vegetation constantly changes. After about 1.5 hours drive you reach a plateau. Enthusiastic hikers can take a 2 hour hike overlooking the volcano Antisana down to Papallacta. Otherwise, you may drive to Papallacta. Once there, settle in to your room and take a long soak in the hot springs. Overnight in the Termas de Papallacta.

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