• Ecuador
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Overview

This 2-day/1-night add-on features visits to local communities across Ecuador’s Imbabura province. Shop for handmade accessories at the Otavalo market, enjoy traditional cuisine in the village of Salinas, & experience the essence of the Karanki culture. 

Highlights

  • Otavalo – Famous for its market, which features handmade goods made from wool & cotton.
  • Train Ride – Descend from high altitudes on a train ride from Ibarra to Salinas.
  • Magdalena – Home to the indigenous Andean people, the Karanki. Learn about the native’s day-to-day activities, & enjoy an exciting horseback ride.
  • Cotacachi – Enjoy shopping for locally made leather goods.

Sample Itinerary

Day 1: Quito – Otavalo – Ibarra – Salinas – Magdalena

Enjoy a scenic journey to Ecuador’s Imbabura province, which features views of avocado & rose producing valleys & snow-capped volcanoes. Other highlights of the drive include learning about the formation of the Andes Mountains. Arrive in the town of Otavalo & visit its famous market, which features local, handmade clothes, jewelry, & other various goods made from wool & cotton. Afterward, head for the railway station in Ibarra. Descend from high altitudes on a train ride to Salinas. Enjoy lunch in this small Ecuadorian village before traveling to Magdalena, home to the indigenous Andean people, the Karanki. Learn about the native’s day-to-day activities, which include milking cows, making handmade embroidered goods, & plowing fields with oxen. 

Day 2: Magdalena – Cotacachi – Cuicocha Crater Lake – Quito

This morning, discover the beauties of Magdalena on a horseback ride. Afterward, travel to the town of Cotacachi, significant for its production of leather goods. Enjoy browsing the variety of jackets, bags, & other quality leather items before heading to Cuicocha Crater Lake. Learn about the volcanic eruption that led to the lake’s formation, & enjoy amazing views of the surrounding mountains before returning to Quito.