Homestay near Otavalo (2 days)

Departures: Every day

Otavalo is a place full of tradition and it is also in this region that you will still find a lot of indigenous communities. Here you can get to know and live the indigenous lifestyle. Coexist with your local family and experience their daily activities in a up-close and personal way.

Active
85%
Culture
100%
Nature
80%
Relax
35%
Upon arrival at the local community you are being welcomed into the home of your host family. You will have some time to settle in before it’s time to join in the daily activities. What your time at the homestay looks like, and the activities you will participate in depends very much on the family that you will stay with and their activies of that specific day. Most of the people in this area are living mainly from agrilculture. Some of the families keep animals in their garden, others have a piece of land in the village where they work during the day. So it might be that you go out in the afternoon to gather grass to feed the animals such as guinea pigs and rabbits. Or that you will work on the fields together with your family. Or you could help your host mom with the preparation of the meal you will share together later that evening. The one thing that is certain is that it will be a once in a life time experience to live together with your host family and that you will get a unique glimpse of the daily life of the people in this rural area. After breakfast you will be brought back to Otavalo or to your next destination.

The people in the community speak Spanish. However, you might hear them speak a different language amongst themselves sometimes; this is their native language named Kichwa. No need to worry if you don´t master Spanish and you certainly don´t have to speak Kichwa. You will be amazed how it’s possible to communicate with each other even without speaking each other’s language. Moreover, all the families participating in the homestay program are used to receiving foreign guests and they will make you feel right at home. They love to open their homes to you and to show their way of life in the village. When traveling with children we will try to host you with a family that has children of a similar age as well.

Note: This program can be extendend to 2 or more nights upon request. Besides activities with your host family we can include activities in the area such as a community tour, hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking.

Included:

  • Accommodation in a private room with private bathroom
  • Meals from dinner on the first day to breakfast on the last day
  • Transport from/to Otavalo

Not included:

  • Tips
  • Personal expenses

For this tour we recommend to bring the following:

  • Sunscreen & sunglasses
  • Layered clothing
  • Rain jacket
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Insect repellent
  • Camera

Private room
Double room: $45 per person
Single room: Contact us for detailed prices