Artisanal Otavalo - Ibarra & Liberty Train


A completed two days tour across Imbabura province by car but also riding one of the amazing historic train´s route
The Andean mountains inspire people, creating a place that blends outstanding nature sceneries and lakes with skillful artisans who project culture and customs into finest art pieces.



We depart at 8:00 am heading north direction to the city of Otavalo. Our first visit, located at The Metropolitan District is Calderon, known for its handicrafts and marzipan (bread`s dough) figures to visit a shop with countless of them on display and to know the process admiring their elaboration.

Later back on the road we will cross the broad valley of “Guayllabamba” to look out the Andean dry forest landscapes and later after some minutes turn back again to the ever green land. At this point we will get to choose our next visit from two options: the “Quitsato” Sundial at the latitude 0 to get to know astronomic aspects of pre-hispanic cultures by visiting the eight pointed geometric design star, which angles are given by the tilt of the earth in respect of solstices and equinoxes; the other option is to visit “Cotacachi” town, recognized due to the good quality of life on citizens same as to keep magnificent fame on leather confectioning and designing items, place where we get some time to visit its shops. We move forward to look out the impressive Imbabura Volcano next to the “Jatun Yaku” or “San Pablo” lake to go later to visit the south America’s most famous fair at the well know “Ponchos Fair” which expands through principal streets on Saturdays where to look and to get fascinating textile production from the skillful otavaleños, people that have made the activity of confectioning and distribution over the centuries likewise musicians and instruments elaboration; the market`s complement are the handicrafts and products made by locals of the province. Lunch in Otavalo; in the afternoon visit to “Casa Condor” located at the county of Peguche, place where members of a family will show their workshop and textiles production on different design and materials same as the loom’s operation to make them, the wool process, carding, yarning, etc. Lodging at Ibarra


We start our second day in the artisans and lake´s land with a panoramic view of Ibarra city from one of its higher places, Michael the Archangel´s view point from where we could also see the “Blood`s lake” or “Yahuarcocha” due to blood spilled during battles carried out during the conquest of the Incas over the local Caranquis in the old times. Later we head to the train station to board the “Liberty’s Train” which will take us in an approximately one hour ride to the community of Salinas where we will be welcomed by an afro Ecuadorian cultural performance to continue later to activities such as; visit to the communitarian shop with the chance to get products from the area or the “Salt Museum” visit, which is possible to reach after a short walk through town, place that is complemented with the explanation of this mineral extraction activity. Lunch included, to aboard later the train to Ibarra from where we transfer back to Quito.


Artisanal Otavalo – Ibarra & Liberty Train


– Private Transportation,  Bilingual Guide (Spanish-English), Entrance Fees, Meals,Lodging. Train Excursion.


– Local Taxes, Tips, Drinks, Personal expenses and any other service not mentioned herein


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OPERATION: Wed to Sat, local holidays
TOUR: Artisanal Otavalo – Ibarra & Liberty Train
LENGTH: 2 Days/ 1 Night

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OPERATION: Wed to Sat, local holidays
TOUR: Artisanal Otavalo – Ibarra & Liberty Train
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