• Otavalo

  • Hacienda Zuleta

HANDCRAFTS & TEXTILES TOUR

Visit small villages and artisan’s workshops and you will find an excellent exhibition of Ecuadorian handcrafts and textiles, clients could learn and participate in their activities and take home some of their handmade souvenirs.

ITINERARY

DAY 1DAY 2DAY 3DAY 4DAY 5DAY 6DAY 7
Quito Transfer InExperience with artisans in QuitoQuito – Cotopaxi National Park and marketCotopaxi – ZuletaZuleta – OtavaloOtavalo-QuitoTransfer Out

CURRENCY

The currency of Ecuador is the United States dollar, accepted as the national currency of Ecuador in January 2000. The money that is circulated includes notes and coins.

WEATHER CONDITIONS

Ecuador’s climate varies with its regions. This area has an altitude of about 7550 ft (2300 m) above sea level and because of this, the temperature is comfortable, and does not get too hot.

VISA REQUIREMENTS

All tourists need a valid passport and an entry form-tourist card which is provided by your air carrier. Citizens of Canada, UK and USA do not need to obtain a visa for stays up to 90 days.

Day 1 – Transfer In

On arrival at Quito’s Mariscal Sucre Airport, you will be welcomed by one of our professional guides who will assist you with the private transfer to your hotel and help you accommodating and giving helpful information for your stay in this world heritage city.

Accommodation at hotel Patio Andaluz, Casona de La Ronda or Casa Gardenia including breakfast.

Day 2 – Experience artisans in Quito

We will explore the streets of Quito and participate in the daily activities the artisans are doing, there are many options we can enjoy like an artisan bakery with ancestral knowledge, a small chocolate factory, a long-established sweets shop, some handmade crafts and textiles, admire masterpieces of the Quitenian School of Arts and wood carving.   We will share some activities that used to be done in the past and how they have remained in the present almost without variations.

We will also pass by the Independence Square, the presidential palace and the main cathedral and will visit the amazing La Compañía Church and its gold-plated interior, San Francisco Church and its surrounding area that are the reasons why in 1978 Quito was declared an UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Return to your hotel and our guide will be happy to offer you alternatives for the rest of the day and night.  There are many places to enjoy the city.

Accommodation at hotel Casona de La Ronda or Casa Gardenia including breakfast.

Day 3 – Quito – Cotopaxi National Park & Market

Depart from hotel after an early morning breakfast towards the Cotopaxi National Park, one of the most important visits in Ecuador, it has the highest active volcano in the world.   We can observe the endemic flora and fauna of the area like wild horses, deer, llamas and more.  We will visit Limpiopungo Lake, located near Rumiñahui volcano, 4757 meters, or go hiking to observe birds.

We will then visit one of the indigenous markets that have an excellent prestige for being authentic, it is not a display of products for tourist only, they are one of the most important incoming sources for the local people and it is still necessary in their daily life. You will see the indigenous coming to the markets from different directions to sell their handmade crafts and to show their products and labors, there is a colorful mixture of textiles and handicrafts.   The nicest is to see local people wearing their ancestral Andean clothing with black fedoras.

Accommodation at hotel Cotopaxipungo, Hato Verde or similar including breakfast.

Day 4 – Cotopaxi – Zuleta

After breakfast your guide will take you to Zuleta.  We will stop at Cayambe to enjoy the special biscuits and admire the land scape and the majestic Cayambe volcano.

Upon arrive to Hacienda Zuleta, we will find the 17th century house of former president Galo Plaza Lasso and his family and the farm that keeps its heritage as a working farm, producing milk, cheese, cream, mutton, wool, trout, horses, wood, and compost from earthworm farm.  You will experience owners’ warmth, renown hospitality, and community ties. You are usually escorted by a Plaza family member.  Hacienda Zuleta has nice rooms, offers delicious home-made Andean dishes with the products grown there, and many activities like: Horseback riding to mountain lakes to enjoy beautiful landscape, biking or walking by trails with centuries of history, visit the project to rehabilitate the Andean Condor, the hand-embroidery workshop, where you can take some classes, trout farm and cheese factory

We will see beautiful handmade blouses, placemats, curtains, and tablecloths inspired in wildlife and flowers, designed with the highest quality. Some pieces require months of work, represent the artistry of the region and are special souvenirs.

Accommodation at hacienda Zuleta including lunch, dinner and breakfast.

Day 5 – Zuleta – Otavalo

After breakfast we will go to Otavalo, an ethnic group eminently commercial and artisanal, that produce textiles in great quantity, their best customers are foreigners.  We will visit the textile market located at the “Plaza de Ponchos” where we can find ceramics, basketry, Andean musical instruments, wood crafts, jewelry, ponchos, shoes, decorative tapestries, cloths, blankets; they are made in small workshops and modern factories, obtaining great productivity making it one of the best national and international famous artisan market, full of vibrant colors. Your guide will give you some free time to enjoy bargaining and buying with local people.

We will also visit a small village where we can find a master weaver to learn all the process to make two side tapestries, beginning with carding the yarn to producing natural color dye and then show us the use of the weaving looms. Learn how the traditional crafts and innovation keep these cultures alive and prosperous.

Accommodation at Hacienda Cusin or similar including breakfast.

Day 6 – Otavalo-Quito

After resting the wholw night and a nutritive breakfast we will visit the Peguche village, famous for its musical instruments workshops and the beautiful waterfall that locals consider a sacred place.  We will then visit Cotacachi, where you can find the finest leather handicrafts produced in Ecuador and we will also go to Cuicocha lake.

If time permits, we will visit San Antonio de Ibarra where we can find weavers and wood carving. In the afternoon we will return to Quito.

Accommodation at hotel Casona de La Ronda or Casa Gardenia including breakfast.

Day 7 – Transfer Out

Our guide will meet you at hotel to take you to your next tour in Ecuador or your flight home.

  • Includes:
    • Privates transfers and tours with English speaking driver guide
    • Meals detailed in the itinerary
    • Breakfasts are included at all hotels
    • Entrance fees
  • Not Include:
    • International flights and airport taxes
    • Additional meals and drinks (soft & alcoholics)
    • Tips, personal expenses
    • Travel and medical insurance
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