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Ecuador & Galapagos Islands: Otavalo and the northern highlands

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The upland town of Otavalo, 2,573m, is world-famous for its huge livestock, vegetable and textile market, organised by the prosperous Otavaleño Indians who attend dressed in their distinctive costumes. Surrounding the town there are snow-tipped volcanoes, lake-filled craters, rolling hills, cobbled lanes lined with silvery eucalyptus, and tiny, whitewashed adobe villages each specialising in a cottage industry such as weaving, dough-ball figurines and wood carvings. Busy Ibarra, 2,225m, is populated by indigenous mountain people and others of African origin. There are leather goods to inspect in Cotacachi, 2,440m, and for walkers, a delightful stone-flagged track to the rim of Cuicocha volcanic crater lake, 3,246m.

Our holidays to Otavalo and the northern highlands

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Blue Footed Boobies

Signature Ecuador and Galapagos: Volcanoes to the ocean

Private journey

15 days from £6,052pp

Weavers in Cuenca

Signature Ecuador: Volcanoes to the ocean

Private journey

10 days from £2,955pp

Bartolome Island

Value Ecuador and Galapagos: At a glance

Private journey

9 days from £2,282pp

Tailor-made holidays

We specialise in creating bespoke holidays designed according to your specific requirements.

Our tailor-made holiday service includes:

  • • A dedicated and friendly specialist to guide you through the planning process
  • • Our unrivalled knowledge of the region based on over 36 years' of expertise
  • • Access to the widest range of accommodation and activity options
  • • Your perfect itinerary, crafted exclusively for you

Speak to an expert 020 8747 8315

Things to do in Otavalo and the northern highlands

Otavalo Indians

Visit Otavalo market

Cuicocha Lake

Cuicocha volcanic lake walk


Volcanic lakes

Sunset walk beside a volcanic lake

Slow train

Take the Tren de la Libertad

What our experts say

Parque Condor, or the Raptor Rescue Centre, is a mere 4.5km from Otavalo. It houses rescued birds of prey  which, for various reasons, cannot be released into the wild, and carries out very important community education work with local school groups, raising awareness of wildlife and conservation issues. The centre´s work helps save these species from extinction. A visit is very interesting, though of course the birds are in cages.

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Lina Fuller

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