Cuicocha Horseback Riding

Departures: Every day

Otavalo is surrounded by beautiful nature. Experiencing this area on the back of a horse 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.

Active
60%
Culture
45%
Nature
90%
Relax
50%
Itinerary

From your hotel in Otavalo, you will be brought in private transportation to the local community near the Cotacachi village. Your guide will be waiting for you here with the horses, ready to begin the adventure. From here you will head to the famous Cuicocha lake. Along the way you will pass by indigenous communities, which allows you to cat a glimpse of their rural lifestyle while enjoying the Andean landscape. At the Cuicocha crater lake, you´ll have time to rest and have lunch in a restaurant that looks out over the lake. The Cuicocha lake rests inside the the Cotacachi volcano that erupted about 3100 years ago. Because of this eruption and those of other nearby volcanoes (Imbabura, Mojanda and Cayambe), the whole area that surrounds Otavalo contains particularly fertile soil. After this visit you will ride back in the direction of Cotacachi, where you will pay a short visit to this small town famous for its leather goods, before heading back to the nearby community. In the afternoon you will be brought back to your hotel in Otavalo.

Included and excluded
Included:

  • Activities as described in the itinerary
  • Spanish speaking guide
  • Transport
  • Horse and helmet
  • Permit Cotacachi Cyapas Ecological Reserve

Not included:

  • Lunch
  • Tips
  • Personal expenses
What to bring?
For this tour we recommend to bring the following:

  • Sunscreen and sunglasses
  • Rainproof jacket
  • Layered clothing
  • Long pants (for horse riding)
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera
  • Water and snacks
Price
Private tour
USD $85 p.p. (min 2 pax)

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