Las Palmeras Inn
Otavalo - Ecuador
Day 1: Arrival
Explore the property: learn its history and discover its surroundings like the organic garden, the main house, the game room, our murals and paintings or rest on the porch enjoying the gardens overlooking the volcanoes of Imbabura and Cotacachi,
Day 2: Markets
Visit the market of products of the zone and domestic objects of Otavalo and its stores. This market is bigger and crowded on fair days: Saturdays between 8a.m. and the 4 p.m.
Visit Parque Cóndor at Espejo.
Day 3: Tours
Option 1: Meet our sister hotel Hacienda Cusin. Explore the art and antiques of the Salón Bolívar, the bar, the dining room, the library and reading room, the squash court, the game room and the Casa Cusín craft shop, and also the extensive gardens. In the Monastery you will find towers (discover the secret door), views from the railings, the Cotacachi Hall, murals in the dining room and, in the stables, guinea pigs, guinea fowl, turkeys, rabbits, geese and pigs.
Option 2: Leave at 6:15 a.m. heading to Ibarra to embark on the adventure of the Andean Train. Picnic lunch. Learn about the traditions and customs of Salinas, an Afro-Ecuadorian town. Return at 4:00 p.m.
Day 4: Trekking
Option 1: From Las Palmeras Inn you leave to the Mojanda mountain and the old volcanic cone, Fuya Fuya. Leave at 9 a.m. with warm clothes and a picnic lunch for your excursion to the Lagunas de Mojanda (by taxi, 30 minutes). Then, climb the steep grass path towards the Fuya Fuya from where you will enjoy the view of spectacular landscapes. Lunch at Casa Mojanda.
Option 2: Request a taxi (and a picnic) to visit the Cuicocha volcanic crater lake, scene of abundant flora and panoramic views. In the National Park, the path that borders the lake is covered in a walk of five hours or more; It is important to hire a guide, as visibility may be lost due to fog. Explore the lake (cocha) by boat and border the guinea pig(cuy) shaped island.
Day 5: Crafts
Tour of Peguche crafts markets and fabric demonstrations. A short walk will take you to an impressive waterfall. Walk through San Antonio de Ibarra where you will find detailed crafts and woodwork. Tour of the leather craft shops in Cotacachi.
Day 6: Cloud Forest El Refugio de Íntag
One hour 30 minutes from Las Palmeras Inn, discover El Refugio Cloud Forest Lodge. It is a reserve and coffee farm located near the Toabunchi River surrounded by gardens, fields and forests.
Day 7: El Páramo Ecological Reserve
Protected area where you can tour the páramo de frailejones, the polylepis forest, the surrounding lagoons and the Chiles Volcano. The Park allows walking, cycling, and camping. It is located approximately two hours from Otavalo