Otavalo & Northern Highlands

Ecuador - Classic Ecuador

Charming historic haciendas coupled with colourful market towns, Ecuador’s northern highlands offer a glimpse of traditional Andean culture under soaring peaks.

Two hours north Of Quito at the heart of Ecuador’s northern highlands, the pretty colonial town of Otavalo hosts one of South America’s largest and most famous markets. Each Saturday, Otavalo erupts with a riot of colour and sound as villagers jostle with tourists to buy everything from livestock, textiles and vegetables to fabrics, fruits and handicrafts. Close by, historic colonial haciendas sit under the shadow of the Imbabura, Cotacachi and Mojanda Volcanoes and provide the perfect base to visit the market and explore the countryside. Set in magnificent gardens, these working estates offer visitors a unique insight into Ecuador’s rich heritage and some of the finest riding in the country.

Otavalo & Northern Highlands Hotels

Hacienda Cusin$$$$

Hacienda Cusin is a beautiful, colonial estate dating back to the 17th century awash with old-world charm. Lush bougainvillea cloaks the cobbled courtyards while terracotta tiles and white-washed walls give way to sweeping staircases, balconies and verandas which overlook the picturesque gardens. Inside, antique furniture, regional textiles and classic period decor complete the picture and reveal a rich slice of Ecuador’s colonial history. The hacienda offers good, walking, riding and mount...

Hacienda Pinsaqui$$$$

Hacienda Zuleta$$$$

Las Palmeras Inn$$$

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