Otavalo is surrounded by beautfiful nature! Go hiking or horseback riding near the Cuicocha lake, visit a nearby artisanal village or take a day trip to the mystical El Ángel Ecological Reserve!

tour to El Angel

El Angel Ecological Reserve

The El Ángel Ecological Reserve is one of the most unique natural areas of Ecuador. It is located all the way up north of the country, close to the Colombian border. The reserve is well known for is mysterious landscapes with frailejones and Polylepis paper trees. In the area live deers, wolves, reptiles and even condors. Despite the extraordinary features of this place, the reserve is considered an unspoilt gem as still not many visitors know of its existence. In this excursion you will visit the frailejones forest for a hike in this special scenery. The frailejones can grow up to 7 meters high and take up over 11 hectares. During the drive up here you will enjoy the scenic views of valleys against mountainous backdrops.

Cuicocha Horseback Riding

Otavalo is surrounded by beautiful nature. Experiencing this area by riding horses will allow you to explore the Andean landscape closely. In this day excursion from Otavalo you will visit the stunning Cuicocha lake, pass by surrounding indigenous communities and pay a visit to Ecuador’s best known leather town Cotacachi.