Set out on an excursion to the north of Quito to the province of Imbabura, a magical land of lakes, snow-covered mountains and terraced farmlands.
The colourful and typical Indian market dates back to the pre-Inca times and is known for its textiles woven on back-strap and shuttle looms. It is great for those wishing to collect some true-blue Andean souvenirs, like ponchos, hand made textiles, hats, Indian jewellery, and various handicrafts.
These two days also include several highlights of the area such as the Indian artisans’ centres of San Antonio de Ibarra and Cotacachi, as well as the Indian communities located around the lake San Pablo. There are ample opportunities also to experience the rural life of this area of the country and learn about the industrious ethnic groups of Otavalo