Best things to do in Otavalo and around
Otavalo has the world-famous market on Saturdays. However, besides the market, there are a lot of things to do in and around Otavalo.
Above all, our province of Imbabura houses many natural, outdoor attractions. Like mountains, lakes, parks and waterfalls. As a consequence, Imbabura was recently named a UNESCO Global GeoPark. The first one of its kind in Ecuador.
We want you to visit and enjoy this green Andean environment, and therefore we created a special blog. A travel blog with several posts on: “Best Things to do in and around Otavalo”. Above all, the blog contains individual posts on the mayor attractions. So these are really MUST visits when staying in Otavalo. Every post comes with many photos, impressions, tips and recommendations.
To name a few Top sights around Otavalo:
- Hiking around the Cuicocha Crater lake.
- A visit to the Mojanda lake area.
- Hike/climb to the summit of the Fuya Fuya volcano.
- A visit to the Condor Park. (A rescue center for Birds of Prey).
- A walk to the Peguche waterfall.
- A visit to the Mitad del Mundo monument in Cayambe.
… and many others attractions to visit.
But back to Otavalo & its market:
Besides these “Things to do” posts around Otavalo, we also prepared a special post on The Market. It´s a long history. We´ll tell you where to look for if you want to experience Otavalo’s unique past. That is – of course – besides enjoying the tourist market. You can easily wander along the whole Saturday, taking every side street in search of the best souvenir for you or your loved ones.
That said, the Otavaleños through the ages converted themselves in business men. And women! In conclusion, actually every weekday is market day. Besides the stalls on the Plaza de Ponchos, you’ll find handicrafts shops all over town. Therefore, you’re welcome every day of the week.
To sum up, a relaxed atmosphere hangs over Otavalo during the week. A perfect time to catch the unique vibe of the Otavalo culture and people. For that, just hang around in the central park for a while, conveniently located near the hotel. There’s a tiny coffee shop on the corner of the park, so you can take your coffee to the park and see the people go by.
We hope to see you soon! In our country, in Otavalo and in our place, hotel Doña Esther.