San Juan Bautista - Ecuador

This festivity is held on the 24th of June in the Otavalo valley and it lasts a whole week. A unique celebration, it is a ritual to honor “Pachamama” (Mother Earth) that involves local men, who dress up with varied costumes and start dancing from one house to another, until they reach the chapel of San Juan. Once there, they start throwing rocks at each other, believe it or not!


“Hoguera del Parque de la Palma, en Bayona” by Elentir. CC2

Accommodation

La Mirage

Perched on an Andean hillside 2 hours drive north of Quito, La Mirage is a contemporary resort built in 1985 on the grounds of a 200 year old Hacienda. Fragrant hummingbird-filled gardens, 23 large rooms and suites, superb service, and...

Hacienda Zuleta

A lovely hacienda with sweeping views of the Andes, traditional homemade cuisine, and access to the day-to-day happenings of a working ranch. In short, a getaway that offers real access into the local culture, rather than costumed folklore shows and...

Hacienda Pinsaqui

During the 18th and 19th century, many Otavalo locals worked their trade in textile factories and this tradition continues in weaving villages and workshops in the area. Some of these 18th century workshops are still standing although one of the...

Hacienda Cusin

Hacienda Cusin is a charming restored 17th century Andean property located high in the Ecuadorian Andes at the foot of the Cotacachi volcano, about 50 miles north of Quito. Less than 10 miles from Otavalo, one of the most popular...

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