Centre of Ecuadorian craftmanship, Otavalo is a great place to experience traditional Ecuadorian culture. The artisans' market here is world renowned and a great place to find some excellent souvenirs. The city's residents are proud of their culture, many dressing in tradional attire.
The city is located in a beautiful spot nestled between two snow-capped volacanoes a few hours drive north of Quito. There are a number of good Haciendas in the surrounding area which are a great place to stop and relax in the idyllic surrounds as well as enjoying the cultural life of the town.
Otavalo can be visited all year round, though the altitude means that it can be cool at any time of year
Beautiful countryside combined with traditional culture that is still very much alive today
Visit the famous handcrafts marketVisit the workshops in the nearby towns where the goods are made Horse-riding