Day 1: 90 km north of Quito we have the most interesting and biggest Indian market in South America. En route we visit Calderon, well known for the manufacture of bread-dough figurines, then continue northwards through dry Andean valleys until we reach Otavalo, where we can see the Ecuadorian indians trading and selling their handicrafts. After lunch at "La Mirage" we go to Cotacachi, a small town which is famous for the manufacture of leather goods before visiting the Cuicocha Ecological Reserve. Overnight stay at Hacienda Cusin.
Day 2: Today we visit some of the most important Indian villages around Otavalo where we can see our Indians living in the countryside the way they did centuries ago. We will witness our Indians operating back-strap as well as Spanish looms, making wall hangings, sweaters, scarves, etc. We will also see how they make their typical musical instruments before they play some of the Andean instruments and perform music for us. We have lunch at Hacienda Pinsaqui and in the afternoon we visit San Antonio de Ibarra, known for its woodcarving. Overnight stay at Hacienda Cusin.
Day 3: In the morning we give you some time to enjoy the wonderful gardens of the Hacienda before we head off towards the Cotopaxi province. En route we have lunch at Hualilahua where the owner of this Hacienda will have organized a rodeo show for us performed by the Chagras (cowboys of the Andes) that live in this Hacienda. He will tell us about the history of some Haciendas in Ecuador. Overnight stay at Hacienda San Agustin del Callo.
Day 4: After a relaxed evening in one of the oldest Haciendas of the country and the only one that still has some Inca walls incorporated into some of the rooms of the house, you will be collected in the morning to visit "The Cotopaxi National Park". There you will discover the flora and fauna of the paramo and enjoy the beautiful countryside of the Andes. After lunch at Tambopaxi we will return to Quito.
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