Otavalo & Northern Highlands

Located at 96 km from Quito, it is considered the capital of Ecuadorian crafts due to the tapestries and sacks wool sheep, handbags, hats, wallets and other handicrafts from the province and its surroundings.

The history of textiles goes back to the Spanish colonial period, when the land around Quito was granted to several people, among them Rodrigo de Salazar who had the Otavalo’s subsidy. He installed a weaving workshop, using the Otavalo’s Indians people and expert weavers as workers. Over the years, with the new techniques and instruments imported from Spain, the Otavalo’s weavers supplied most of the textiles used throughout South America. The disadvantage of this economic success was that the Otavalo’s people were forced to work on the looms in a system called Obraje. Now a days the work carried out by the Otavalo’s people has created a world market for their textile products.

Mojanda Lagoon

Located 30 minutes away from Otavalo, Mojanda Lagoons are: Caricocha, Huarmicocha, Yanancocha are at 3716 masl, and are surrounded by large mountains and grasslands, is considered a special ecological system for its diversity of aquatic species, especially the trout.

San Pablo Lagoon

Considerate as the largest lake in the province, guarded by the Imbabura Volcano and densely populated by indigenous communities. You can see the landscape, observing a variety of bird species, in addition to white sailboats that cross its placid waters.

Cóndor Park

Located at the Eugenio Espejo town at the Imbabura province. It is a nature refuge, characterized by having birds rescued, rehabilitated, reintroduced and conserved as: vultures, hawks, eagles, the condor and owls. It is a perfect place nature and birds lovers.

Cuicocha Lagoon

Located at20 minutes from Cotacachi at 3,100 meters above sea level and has an approximate depth of 200m. In its central part there are 2 domes called Wolf and Yerovi, that in ancient times they were used as a prison by the ancient Incas.

Ibarra City

Known as the "White City of Ecuador" or "The city it always will want to come back to", it is the capital of the Imbabura Province and is located 115 km to the northwest of Quito. It is a city with more than 400 years of history that combines a variety of cultures, lakes, pleasant environments and dreamy landscapes

Esperanza and Zuleta Town

Towards to the south of Ibarra is the Esperanza Town, which is a perfect place to appreciate beautiful and impressive hand embroidery and fine saddlery jobs. Zuleta Town, on the other hand, owns green landscapes covered with flowers and in it there is the old Zuleta farm started by President Galo Plaza Lasso almost 50 years ago, here it can find great indigenous artisans with great artistic value

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