Northern Sierra Culture

Learn about indigenous and afro-ecuadorian culture and their expression in music, dance, arts and spirituality.
By Duration: 5-7 days        By Destination: Northern Sierra        By Interest: Culture || Liberty Train ||



Description: We begin our journey with a tour of indigenous villages, handicrafts workshops and the famous handicrafts market of Otavalo before we go to our accommodation. The following day (2) we will learn about the topics of health and spirituality, seeing demonstrations by a local shaman and an indigenous midwife, as well as an ethno-botanical garden. After a good night´s sleep at our homestay accommodation we go to Ibarra the next morning (3) and take the train to Salinas, where we see the traditional afro-ecuadorian music and dances of the area, as well as museums and handicrafts workshops. We continue to the tourist complex of Chachimbiro, where we enjoy the hot springs and stay the night. On day 4 we travel to the Intag area where we learn more about coffee cultivation in Apuela, handicrafts made of fique fibers in Plaza Gutiérrez, and the production of soaps and shampoos made of Aloe Vera in the village of El Rosal, where we will also spend the night. The next day (5) we will visit the villages of Magdalena Bajo and Chontal to see more micro-enterprises specialized on handicrafts and agriculture. After lunch we have free time for a short hike or a visit to the hot springs of Nangulvi (optional) before we head back, enjoying the spectacular views along the way.

Difficulty: easy

Total Duration: 5days/4nights






Included Services

Guide, private transport, accommodation (4x), meals (4B, 5L, 4D), entry fees

What to bring?

Mandatory: clothes and personal things for five days, sun protection, interest in culture and sustainable development

Recommended: camera, rain coat, swimwear & towel

Optional: some money if you want to buy handicrafts or fair trade products






470 US$

 450 US$

430 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.



How to find us


Tel: (+593) 06 2915977
Mobile: (+593) 0986775257