Even though Otavalo, a small town in the Ecuadorian Andes, is famous for its handicraft market, this picturesque indigenous town has much more to offer. It is surrounded by breathtaking volcanoes and beautiful waterfalls. Peguche waterfall, which is 10 minutes away from downtown is a must-see spot if you are around the area. Peguche waterfall is a sacred spot for Otavaleños who believe that if they bathe in its water, Mother Earth will purify their spirit and will brind peace and harmony to their life.
You can also hike around Lagunas de Mojanda and Cuicocha. Around Otavalo, you can stay in beautiful haciendas that offer trekking and hiking tours. Most of them also offer horseback riding tours. In addition, you can visit San Pablo Lake which is right beneath Imbabura volcano. You can have lunch and sail at the lake with breathtaking views of the impacting volcano. Most people go to the lake to do kayaking before enjoying a delicious and traditional meal. You can even rent kayaks and boats in Cabañas del Lago.
Even more, Otavalo's beauty lies in its people and their cultural roots. The Otavalo Market, which makes this market town famous, is undoubtedly one of the most important and spectacular markets in all of Latin America. The Otavalo market is attractive to visitors for both its outstanding shopping and its Ecuador's pre-Colombian history. The Otavalo market is a fascinating way to experience traditional Ecuadorian culture and the traditions of the Andes.