Depart Quito early this morning, heading north on the Pan-American highway to Otavalo market, one of the most famous in entire the Andes region. The indigenous weavers from the villages around Otavalo are among the most talented in Ecuador, and having adapted their products to worldwide market demands, the Otavaleños have earned recognition and prosperity on an international level.
After visiting the market and perhaps picking out a few beautiful craft pieces of your own, continue with your guide to your lodge located above the town of Otavalo in the foothills of Mount Mojanda. At the lodge enjoy a welcome tea and brief talk by our hosts, before a short tour of the lodge and its grounds including the organic garden. Later, venture out on a short guided hike to the Taxospamba waterfall, learning about the medicinal herbs and plants that grow in the region, the wildlife and birds, and the area’s current conservation issues.
After a delicious lunch in the lodge, visit the Mojanda lakes, a scenic 20-minute scenic drive from the lodge. Activities include a two-hour scenic hike around the lakes, a more challenging climb from the lakes up to Fuya Fuya (14,200 feet), or simply unwind and enjoy the view fishing or relaxing by the lake.
This evening, after the lodge’s well-prepared dinner, you can relax after the busy day in the traditional Japanese style hot tub or choose a film – shown in video room – from the lodge’s large selection, which includes documentaries on local birds and folklore, as well as many films by Latin American directors.