Otavalo lies just a few hours’ drive north of Quito; the town is famous for being home to one of the most important markets in Latin America. With your guide you will learn about the history and cultural significance of this area. You will see locals dressed in colourful embroidered blouses, felt hats and long layered skirts, who continue to use the market in the way their ancestors did in pre-Colombian history. The market is famous for an array of traditional crafts including exquisite weavings, textiles and livestock. The real beauty of the Otavalo region lies in its stunning natural surroundings. The drives around the town take you through incredibly diverse microclimates, and you will see long stemmed rose plantations and many different crops that Ecuador excels at producing.