Indigenous Villages and Cuicocha
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Indigenous Villages and Cuicocha

Get to know several indigenous villages, learn about different kinds of handicrafts, and visit Peguche Waterfall and Lake Cuicocha.
Day Tour (~7 hours)
By Duration: 1 day        By Destination: Cotacachi-Otavalo        By Interest: Culture || Development, Microenterprises ||



Description: On this tour we will visit several indigenous villages, where we learn about different kinds of handicrafts and how they are made; for example mats made of totora reed, musical instruments, weavings made of sheep wool and jewelry made of seeds. The tour also includes a visit to Peguche Waterfall and the town of Cotacachi, which is famous for its leatherwork. Finally, we will head to the spectacular Lake Cuicocha within the Cotacachi-Cayapas Ecological Reserve.

Difficulty: easy

Total Duration: app. 7 hours


Tour Itinerary*


- 09:00 - meeting point Runa Tupari office in Otavalo (pick-up from hotel in Otavalo is possible)

- 09:30 - visit of San Rafael community, handicrafts made of totora reedgrass

- 10:30 - visit of Peguche Waterfall and a workshop of music instruments

- 11:30 - visit of a weaver´s workshop in the indigenous community of Carabuela

- 13:00 - lunch in Cotacachi, free time to explore the city and its leather shops

- 14:00 - visit of a women project in La Calera, jewelry made of natural materials

- 14:30 - drive to Cuicocha Lake, free time at the lake (~45min)

- 16:00 - return to Otavalo

*Given times are approximate times. Starting times and order of activities may be changed due to weather conditions, clients´preferences and other reasons.





Included Services

guide, private transport, lunch, entry fees

What to bring?

 Mandatory: interest in handicrafts and indigenous culture

Recommended: camera, water (small bottle), sun protection, fleece/warm layer

Optional: some money in case you want to buy handmade handicrafts






33 US$

30 US$

25 US$

Prices are per person. Ecuadorian clients will be charged an additional 12% VAT.
Children under 2 years travel for free. Children 2-6 years pay half the price.

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