Duration: 1 Day
Departures: Every Day
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Otavalo Day Trip, and Peguche Waterfall


On an exciting Otavalo Day Trip, explore Ecuador’s enchanting beauty while visiting the breathtaking Peguche Waterfall. This trip promises a blend of cultural immersion and spectacular natural beauty because it is located in the Andes Mountains. Join us to explore this amazing indian market most popular of South America in detail.

  • Pick up/ Drop off in Quito Area
  • Local Transportation
  • Ecuadorian Fixed Lunch
  • Bilingual tour guide
  • Tasting Bizcochos, this is a tipical snack in Cayambe Area.
  • Visit the Quitsato Museum, which is GPS-located as the Middle of the World.
  • A stop in Miralago the enjoy of the wonderfull landscape of Imbabura Volcano and the San Pablo lagoon.
  • Otavalo, home of the colorfull indian market and its Plaza de Ponchos.
  • Vitality recharging at the Peguche waterfall
  • Visit the stunning crater-lake of Cuicocha in the Cotacachi-Cayapas National Park.
  • Visit charming town of Cotacachi, known for its leather crafts.


  • Otavalo Day Tour

    Our tour to the Otavalo market starts from Quito. First our guide will pick you up from your hotel to start the trip to the Otavalo Market:

  • Quitsato or half the world:

    The first stop is a few minutes from Cayambe. Here you can observe the Solar Clock with a large mosaic. The site is of great importance. For this reason, you have the opportunity to be in the northern and southern hemisphere.

  • Cayambe biscochos factory:

    Afterwards, we will go to Cayambe, where we will enjoy a typical meal. First, we will taste a tasty Cayambe sponge cake as a snack. It is also accompanied with dulce de leche or also called manjar de leche (milk caramel). And the traditional leaf cheese.

  • Miralago Viewpoint:

    Leaving Cayambe we head to the Miralago viewpoint. Located at the southern entrance of Otavalo. Also, you can appreciate a wonderful landscape. You can see the Imbabura volcano and the San Pablo lagoon.

  • Otavalo Market:

    Otavalo Market tourAt noon we will arrive at the Otavalo market. We will have an estimated time of 2 hours to explore the poncho market and its handicrafts. And we will have lunch in a local restaurant in Otavalo.

  • Waterfall of Peguche:

    After lunch, we will go to the “Bosque Protector Cascada de Peguche”. We will walk through a trail to reach the waterfall. The waterfall is 20 m (65.6 ft) high. You should know that the community considers the Peguche Waterfall sacred. Because in dates close to the Inti Raymi they take baths to purify the water.

  • Cotacachi:

    Also, we will finish the tour in Santa Ana de Cotacachi. Also known for its leather products. Too, you will have time to explore the products offered at the site. This tour is a full day of excitement on our visit to the Otavalo Market.

  • Cuicocha lagoon:

    After our visit to Cotacachi. Finally, we will go on a 30 minute drive to the Cuicocha Lagoon. The scenery offered by the Cuicocha Lagoon is wonderful. It is also known as the lagoon of the gods because of its translation into Kichwa.

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Our Reviews About This Tour

Great way to spend the day!

Really great tour of the sites north of Quito. The sites were really beautiful, I never felt rushed at any of the stops, and the guide shared cool facts all along the way. My advice would be to have an idea of what you want before going to the Otavalo market and the leather goods stores at Cotocachi, we did and were able to find just what we wanted (including the perfect leather jacket!) and then stumble upon fun additional things to buy. And get some bizcochos to go! So delicious!
Mary W
February 19, 2024

Pedro is the best and so was the tour!

Our tour of Otavalo Market+ was great! The tour was exactly the same as the description when booking. It was only our group on the tour so we were able to be flexible and order additional bizcochos for example, or stop to get coffee. Our guide Pedro was very friendly and taught us about local plants/wildlife, mountains and volcanos, indigenous culture and language of the Otovaleños, and also recommended restaurants for us in Quito. We were picked up and dropped off directly at our hotel which was very convenient. I would recommend this tour to others visiting!
Tiffany L
January 11, 2024

Just WOW!


Wow, what an amazing tour in the safe and very knowledgeable hands of Pedro our tour guide. He was amazing and really ensured we had the very best day out. Thoroughly recommend the tour but particularly with Pedro. Thanks.

Julie A
United States
June 5, 2023

A full on day of fun, food and exploring!

We had a fun day with David (we left Quito at 08:10 and arrived back around 20:30, so bear timings in mind!), first going to Cayambe town right on the equator to try some delicious bizcocho biscuits. Also stopped here to buy some Andean tea. Then on to a viewpoint of Otavalo volcano and the lake near San Pablo del Lago before going to the market. After this we had a 3 course lunch (drinks are extra) in Cotacachi. We then walked around some of the Laguna Cuicocha with wonderful views. We headed back to to Cotacachi for a quick tasty surprise before heading home. David was very enthusiastic, knowledge and fun and enjoyed telling us about his country in good English. ¡Gracias!
Andrew B
United States
January 29, 2023

It was a ROCKING day!

My favorite part of this tour was my guide Pedro! He was on time, full of energy, great English skills, good sense of humor, knew exactly where he was going, drove flawlessly and allowed me to just enjoy myself ALL day! I found the actual market experience to be a bit underwhelming as many of the wares seemed to be overly redundant and wanted to be talking to artisans versus hawkers. But I found one young jewlery maker who made the trip worthwhile and the lunch I was treated to was fabulous. We visited a waterfall walk that was nice, moved to Cotacachi (leather central) which was a cute little town and then bought 24 stunning roses for $2 (how is that possible?) and back to Quito! I can’t rave enough about how this all went so seamlessly.
Mattew C
United States
November 9, 2021

10/10. Highly recommend all Real Dreams Tours.

An excellent day trip! Highly recommend!! On our holiday in Ecuador we decided to book a day trip to Mindo with Real Dreams which was amazing. We loved our day so much that we decided to book a second day tour with this fantastic company to Otavalo. We were picked up promptly from our hotel and driven safely to all stops. We tasted traditional biscuits, went to a view point, visited Otavalo market, had lunch, went to a waterfall, saw a stunning lake and finished in a small village with traditional leather goods before being dropped back to Quito. We had such a great time and felt we got to see so much! We learnt a lot from our helpful guides and were able to ask many questions. We loved both our trips with real dreams and thanks to Carolina and Pedro for making it so memorable.
Zoë H
Hertfordshire, UK
August 14, 2021
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