Visitors flock here mainly to take in the markets, which are stocked with goods from some of the most respected craftspeople in the world. Many of the locals wear traditional clothing, and sell their leather-work, weaving and wood carvings at the daily markets. The horse riding is fantastic here, and the traditional haciendas are sublime places to dine and rest your head.

Accommodation in Otavalo

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 gourmet food comprise the La Mirage experience. La Mirage Spa offers a large range of […]

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 pan-pipe music. Zuleta hits the spot, plus a few more, which explains why the ranch […]

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 most beautiful, the Hosteria Hacienda Pinsaqui, has been converted into a fabulous boutique hotel. Simon […]

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 Indian markets this is a magical spot for great food, hiking and quiet reflection. The […]

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