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Otavalo sits in a valley of singular beauty. Placed in northern Andes, this busy city of merchants, artisans and farmers thrives under the shadow of two mighty volcanos and surrounded by sacred waters such as lakes, waterfalls and lagoons.
Imbabura is the most prominent volcano in the area, after who the whole region is named. (In Andean lore volcanoes are entities with human attributes, such as gender, and also human moods) At his feet spreads San Pablo Lake, suitable for water recreation. Many small villages are scattered around the lake, specializing in textile weaving and preserving their folklore and cultural traditions.
Otavalo, the largest town in the valley, still preserves its kichwa identity, evident in the way its inhabitants still proudly don their traditional clothing on a daily basis. Men wear a cloth hat and a thick, dark blue woolen poncho, which is double-faced in the case of the wealthier citizens. Women wear white blouses with gaily colored intricate embroidery and the “anaco” –a large piece of wool they use as skirt, affixed at the waist with a beautifully patterned woven band. Their outfit isn’t complete without the golden or red beaded necklaces and wristbands. The quality of the cloth and the intricacy of the embroidery, as well as the number of turns in the women’s necklaces are signs of social and economic status, with some ponchos and blouses costing up to several thousand dollars.
On Saturdays the Otavalo market is in full swing, with people coming from all around the area to sell and buy their produce. To the west, at the other side of the Panamericana and the rail tracks looms the jagged silhouette of mother Cotacachi, the volcano that lends her name to the village spread at her feet.
Not far from this small town of leather artisans we can find Cuicocha Lagoon, in a collapsed volcanic crater. Boat tours around the lagoon and the small islands in its midst are available. Also close to Cotacachi, hidden among roses, fuchsia and bougainvillea shrubs blossoming in its gardens lies La Mirage Garden hotel&Spa where you can enjoy the tasty cuisine and relax in the magnificent spa in the middle of this enchanted valley.
We highly recommend the use of the Spa. Decorated after classical greek-roman baths, it offers a covered, solar heated pool and a Jacuzzi. Each signature treatment offers different sensations, with chocolate, eucalyptus, lavender-scented oils… Also you cannot miss the special “equatorial energy bath” which harnesses the unique energies of equatorial sun warmed volcanic rocks.
Otavalo valley is one of the most fertile in the country, with all year round produce thanks to its warm climate. La Mirage uses local products and Andean traditional recipes and techniques in a refined cuisine that pays homage to the land. Also do not miss the hand mad fresh rose ice-cream with caramelized rose petals!
Post tour: Tuesday connecting with Guayaquil departures “Train To The Clouds”
TRAIN TO THE CLOUDS
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Otavalo – La Mirage
Afternoon at leisure in Otavalo.
Time to discover the hotel and surroundings, take an additional excursion or enjoy the Spa.
Discover and enjoy the hotel and surroundings. Check out, 12:00.
The program includes transportation aboard Tren Crucero, all meals during the trip, snacks and soft drinks on board, guide in Spanish and English, excursions according to the itinerary, transportation by bus/van during the program for excursions and accommodation based on double occupancy and two nights at La Mirage including breakfast and dinner. Transportation from Hacienda La Compañia (after lunch) to Otavalo is included (only driver).
1 Guidance in languages other than Spanish and English as Italian, French, German, Portuguese and Japanese can be provided on request. It is subject to availability and applies an extra cost.
Taxes, alcoholic drinks (wine, beer and whisky are available on the train’s bar), meals or visits not detailed in the itinerary, airline tickets, personal expenses, tips or shuttles/transfers to non-specified hotels. We strongly suggest to all customers to separately purchase a travel insurance.
CLOTHING: Wear layers, a jacket for cold weather and a light coat for the rain (coast), walking shoes, hat, sunscreen (SPF 70 at least), sunglasses, camera, cash and insect repellant.
ALTITUDE: It ranges from 80 to 3,610 meters above sea level. The temperature ranges from 14 ° to 35 °C.
IMPORTANT: For additional excursions such as Otavalo, Cotacachi Market or Cuicocha Crater Lake check availability with the hotel front desk.