OTAVALO MARKET & UNIQUE CULTURAL EXPERIENCE (SACHA WARMI WOMEN PROJECT)

OTAVALO MARKET & UNIQUE CULTURAL EXPERIENCE (SACHA WARMI WOMEN PROJECT)

8 hours

FROM $110

Trip type

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Classic

Activity Level

Activities may include visit sites and easy hikes; and some days the dailys activities such as kayaking, biking, snorkeling or short hikes; 1 to 2 hours, will required more physical demand. Voyagers should be in good health wear comfortable walking shoes to endure standing for extended periods of time.
Light moderate

Service Level

Comfortable and appropriate accommodations, mostly local-won and with big personality, and mix of public and private transport especially with sea, train and flights.
Standard

Small Group Departure

Max. 4 / Av. 2
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TRIP OVERVIEW

The Otavalo market is South America’s most famous Indian fair. We get an early departure from Quito through dramatic mountain scenery northwards. You will have ample time to stroll along the narrow cobblestone streets filled with Otavalo Indigenous people wearing blue ponchos, white trousers, and long braided hair and to explore their handicraft market, with its wonderful textiles, native paintings, ceramics, jewelry, tapestries, and more at bargain prices. Continuing the trip, we will go to Cotacachi, which is famous for its leather articles.

Hands on cultural experience – AJ Sustainable Sacha WarmiKuna women project

For lunch, we will head to Pijal, a small village located in the heart of the Andes to visit one of the AJ sustainable projects called Sacha WarmiKuna (women from the mountain). This is one fantastic effort developed by AJ and the local women with the main purpose to support their families and encourage the position of the women in the local society, providing them an alternative side work besides housekeeping, as a new option for an income. Once at the project you will experience an unforgettable cultural encounter, immersing yourself in the true spirit of the South American woman and their skills for textiles and a deep culinary knowledge coming from the past generations. You will be part of the preparation of “Aji”, a local spicy salsa which is part of their identity, you will also share precious time with them and a tasty traditional lunch in which local women have used the fresh products harvested the same day from the surrounding organic fields. Later we will learn more about the weaving process of their textiles.

Don’t miss the amazing opportunity to have the chance to give back, by buying handmade scarfs here.

We will arrive back in Quito in the late afternoon.

 

Meals included: Lunch.

Note.- Minimum 2 people to run the tour!

TRIP ACTIVITIES

Culture
Hiking
The Otavalo market is South America’s most famous Indian fair. We get an early departure from Quito through dramatic mountain scenery northwards. You will have ample time to stroll along the narrow cobblestone streets filled with Otavalo Indigenous people wearing blue ponchos, white trousers, and long braided hair and to explore their handicraft market, with its wonderful textiles, native paintings, ceramics, jewelry, tapestries, and more at bargain prices. Continuing the trip, we will go to Cotacachi, which is famous for its leather articles.

Hands on cultural experience – AJ Sustainable Sacha WarmiKuna women project

For lunch, we will head to Pijal, a small village located in the heart of the Andes to visit one of the AJ sustainable projects called Sacha WarmiKuna (women from the mountain). This is one fantastic effort developed by AJ and the local women with the main purpose to support their families and encourage the position of the women in the local society, providing them an alternative side work besides housekeeping, as a new option for an income. Once at the project you will experience an unforgettable cultural encounter, immersing yourself in the true spirit of the South American woman and their skills for textiles and a deep culinary knowledge coming from the past generations. You will be part of the preparation of “Aji”, a local spicy salsa which is part of their identity, you will also share precious time with them and a tasty traditional lunch in which local women have used the fresh products harvested the same day from the surrounding organic fields. Later we will learn more about the weaving process of their textiles.

Don’t miss the amazing opportunity to have the chance to give back, by buying handmade scarfs here.

We will arrive back in Quito in the late afternoon.

 

Meals included: Lunch.

Note.- Minimum 2 people to run the tour!

Culture
Hiking

What’s Included?

  • Private and comfortable transport.
  •  Bilingual certified AJ guide.
  • Fees and entrance to Quitsato project in the middle of the world.
  • Lunch

What is not included?

  • Tips.
  • Souvenirs.
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What’s Included?

  • Private and comfortable transport.
  •  Bilingual certified AJ guide.
  • Fees and entrance to Quitsato project in the middle of the world.
  • Lunch

What is not included?

  • Tips.
  • Souvenirs.

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About YOUR ADVENTURE

TRIP DETAILS

PICK UP: Your Hotel in Quito.

PICK UP TIME: 8:00 AM.

FINISHING POINT: Your Hotel in Quito.

TOUR DURATION: 8 hours.

PHYSICAL CONDITION: Easy.

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