Otavalo Indigenous Community & Chaski Route

Otavalo Indigenous Community & Chaski Route

 

Day 1: Quito – Ibarra – Train ride - Salinas – Magdalena-horseback riding-Karanki Community accommodation-.
Departing from Quito to the North, we drive across the colorful valleys of Guayllabamba and Cayambe. Guayllabamba is rich in fertile soil and through effective irrigation systems has become an important producer of avocado and the local cherimoya fruit. Cayambe, traditionally dedicated to dairy cattle and manufacturing of dairy products, has recently enjoyed an important boom in rose farming. The breathtaking setting offers great photo opportunities and after two hours of traveling through the riveting Andean countryside, we arrive at the province of Imbabura.

Departing from Ibarra and descending into the warm, dry valley of Ambuquí, the TRAIN RIDE rides across sugar cane plantations, magical landscapes, through tunnels and over bridges spanning steep gullies and patchwork fields.

The 26-km stretch takes 2 hours to complete, as you plunge from 2200 m. to 1500 m. above sea level. Enjoy a unique lunch at the Salinas Afro-Ecuadorian community restaurant, implemented by Kleintours in an effort to boost tourism in and around this fascinating area, with a vision of helping it become an important tourist destination. The menu has been carefully developed through a joint effort with the community and melds local savoir-faire with our high-quality standards. Once this exciting ride is over, we will travel to the indigenous community of Magdalena, located at approximately 3,100 meters above sea level. The scene displays a wide array of crops which resemble a colorful patchwork on the eastern foothills of Imbabura volcano. The skillful people are known to produce outstanding embroidery which could be admired and purchased directly from the artisans. 
2 hours horseback riding activity included level easy and experience is required.  Ride through local flora, fauna in a hidden mountain niche.  Dinner & accommodation at Karanki community.

Day 2: Magdalena Karanki–San Antonio de Ibarra-Otavalo- Peguche- Cotacachi–Quito
Learn about their everyday activities such morning cow milking, shepherding and in season ox plowing. Stand face-to-face with people untouched by the urgencies of modern life. After breakfast, Drive to San Antonio de Ibarra, famous for very beautiful and skilled wood carving and sculptures.

Otavalo Craft Market is the most famous and picturesque in South America. Markets are meeting places for shopping, bargaining, and chatter while people of the region exchange local produce, animals, utensils, pots, and pans or textiles. For visitors, the markets offer the possibility of approaching Ecuadorians at a more intimate level as you negotiate prices of a variety of woven goods, bags, hats, flutes or simply appreciate the skillful and generous people responsible for the elegance and beauty of the clothing and handicrafts.

Visit the village of Peguche, known for traditional weaving and the handcrafted Andean musical wind instruments. 
We will then drive to Cotacachi, an Indian village which features leatherwork including bags, jackets, hats, gloves, and belts. Return to Quito.

Otavalo Indigenous Community & Chaski Route