4 Days Cultural Quito and Otavalo Market
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CVCE 002 CULTURAL QUITO AND OTAVALO MARKET
4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS
- Transfer to airport – hotel – airport
- Private tourist transport
- Hotel taxes
- City Tour (Tickets to the Panecillo or Compañía Church)
- Visit to the famous Indigenous Market At Otavalo with lunch
- Bilingual Guide
No specified meals, drinks and more personal expenses, such as: laundry, telephone calls, etc.
Everything that isn’t detailed in this program
DAY 1: QUITO- ARRIVE Reception and transfers to airport/hotel/airport, including 2 standard pieces of luggage per passenger and tips at airport. The passengers themselves, on an individual basis, must do immigration procedures. A valid passport is the only requirement to enter Ecuador. At the moment of hotel registration, passengers will have the assistance of our experienced staff. hotel accommodation.
DAY 2: QUITO – CITY TOUR (09:00-15:00 hours) At the schedule programed by you and the guide, the tour begins at the hotel, to the summit of Itchimbia Hill. It is at 2 900 mts. and it is a natural lookout point due to the great view that you get in Quito Historic Center in either way. The park area includes 6 489 meters of green areas and 1 200 meters of community spaces. It has 54 hectares with about 400 varieties of flowers, 40 species of birds and one hectare of wetland. Its main attraction is the Cultural Center or Crystal House. Its old structure of iron and zinc was imported from Hamburg. We continue by 12 de Octubre Avenue, the Legislative Palace with its Midero’s mural (called The History of the Country), the Alameda Park with its Astronomic Observatory in Quito, the second oldest of South America, Simon Bolivar’s monument, the Central Bank of Ecuador and Quito’s Basilica. You can reach the heart of the colonial area with a walk to the Independence Square, Quito’s Cathedral, the Government Palace, the Archbishop’s Palace, El Sagrario Church, La Compañía Church, San Francisco Monastery and Church, we will end at El Panecillo, a small hill where you can enjoy a full sight of the city.
DAY 3: OTAVALO VISIT Our tour starts early in the morning, you will be enchanted by the mystical Andean Range of mountains on a two hours trip to the northern part of the country. Be impressed by the figures made out of bread dough. These figures are manufactured in the small town of Calderon, usually all the family works in the creating process of these pieces of art. On the other hand, in Cayambe you will have the opportunity to cross over the Equatorial Line. The majestic greatness of the San Pablo Lake will captive you.
Between the marvelous mountains and the peaceful lake you will find an old town called Otavalo. It is the most famous Indigenous Market in South America; there you can buy fine handicrafts like different types of weavings manufactured by its own inhabitants, such as shawls, ponchos, tapestries and sweaters. Some of the outstanding characteristics of the natives are their outfits and cleanliness. They wear their ponchos all the time. There are leather goods in Cotacachi, and marvelous wood carven figures in San Antonio de Ibarra.
You will see the wonderful sights of Cayambe and Cotachi snowcapped mountains, besides the largest lake San Pablo. Afterwards, we will be having a good lunch at a nearby hostel.
Lastly, the return to Quito at the afternoon and the accommodation.
DAY 4: QUITO Check out and transfer to airport to take the flight to your next destiny.