To the east is Imbabura (15,210 feet/4,609 meters) and to the west is Ecuador's eleventh highest mountain, Cotacachi (16,299 feet/4,939 meters).
To the east and northeast of Otavalo are several small weaving communities such as Peguche and Agato. Cotacachi, a small village about 15 minutes to the north is also well known for its leather craftsmen. The main street is lined with well over 100 leather shops full of beautifully crafted leather belts, purses, bags, jackets, backpacks, briefcases, vests, skirts, hats, gloves and coats.
Nearby Lake Cuicocha sits inside and old extinct volcano on the southern flank of mount Cotacachi. The lake offers the most accessible native vegetation in the Otavalo area. Given its high elevation the temperature are brisk in the early morning, but the advantage is that if you are lucky, you will see the summit of mount Cotacachi resplendent with a coat of fresh snow.
US$ 715 ( 2 passengers) Price depends on group size
* Bilingual naturalist guide
* Private transportation
* Entrance fee to Cuicocha Lake
* Weaving villages visit
* All meals
For Quito and the other highland cities, wear comfortable springtime clothing during the day and a
sweater or coat during the evening. For the highlands and moorlands (páramos), warm, winter-like
clothing is essential. If you have a dinner our a semiformal, attire is advised
Early in the morning we will drive north on the pan American highway. We will make our first stop at the town of Calderón well know for the bread dough figures.
Then, we will continue our journey to the Otavalo market, and lunch in a typical restaurant. In the afternoon, we visit the towns of Peguche and Agato, which are well known for their hand-made embroideries and tapestries. Dinner and overnight stay at Mountain Lodge.
After breakfast we will visit Lake Cuicocha and the village of Cotacachi and San Antonio de Ibarra. Lunch in a typical hacienda. Afternoon drive back to Quito