Galapagos Add-on: Otavalo Market and The Highlands

The Galapagos Islands are truly incredible and something everyone should see, but don’t stamp Ecuador on your passport without seeing the mainland! Ecuador is a geographically varied country. With 20,000 ft. mountain peaks, pristine surf-worthy beaches, and its very own corner of the Amazon, there is plenty to do in this country that is the size of Colorado. In addition to the geographical smorgasbord, the country is brimming with cultural intrigue. Inca ruins are scattered across the country and the cobblestone streets are lined with old Spanish architecture. If you listen closely, you can pick up on some of the old native language, Quechuan.

On this two-day Ecuadorian add-on, grab a fresh “jugo de caña” (sugar cane juice!) and stroll through the market in Otavalo, one of the finest markets on the continent. Whether you pick up a hand-knitted sweater, an alpaca scarf, or a Panama hat (made in Ecuador!), you’ll find plenty of goodies for you and your friends in this historic marketplace. Outside of town, you’ll see beautiful fields and valleys and snow-capped volcanoes – including Cayambe (18,997 ft.) and Cotopaxi (19,347 ft.).

Call one of our travel consultants at (800) 575-1540 to learn more about all of the ways you can explore after a Galapagos adventure.

Overnight, stay at LA MIRAGE Garden Hotel & Spa:

OtavaloMarketandTheNorthernHighlands3Perched on an Andean hillside in Imbabura”™s town of Cotacachi, La Mirage is an impressive luxury resort, built on the grounds of a 200-year-old hacienda in 1985. Fragrant hummingbird-filled gardens, 23 spacious exquisitely furnished rooms and suites (no two rooms are alike) with fireplaces, impeccable service, and gourmet food complete the La Mirage experience. La Mirage belongs to the Relais & Chateaux Hotel Group and is its only property in Ecuador. Enjoy the facilities and beautiful grounds with exotic flower gardens and birds, llamas, stables with horses for riding, solar-heated pool sauna and tennis courts. Bird watching is a hotel specialty with five acres of bougainvillea and orchid gardens with six different species of hummingbirds. Enjoy luxurious spa treatments for the face, body and soul.

 

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    Ecuador | Galapagos Islands

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    Galapagos Adventure Tours Discover Darwin’s natural laboratory on this exclusive, small-ship cruise around the Galapagos Islands of Ecuador. Our expert…

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    Ecuador

    Ecuador | Galapagos Land Based

    6 days/5 nights

    Galapagos Vacation Volcanic islands animated with quirky flora and fearless wildlife await your curiosity in Darwin’s natural laboratory of the…
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