Otavalo & Karanki Magdalena Community Cultural Connection
Departing from Quito to the north, we will ride across the colorful valleys of Guayllabamba and Cayambe. A ride through the breathtaking Andean setting offers great photo opportunities and after two hours of traveling through the riveting countryside, we will arrive at the province of Imbabura.
Walk through the famed craft market of Otavalo (2.550msnm), which is the most famous and picturesque in South America. For visitors, the market offers the possibility of approaching Ecuadorians at a more intimate level as you negotiate prices of a variety of woven goods, bags, hats, flutes or simply appreciate the skillful and generous people responsible for the elegance and beauty of the clothing and handicrafts.
The ride continues through a marvelous Andean setting we head into the indigenous community of the Karanki Magdalena. Bike or horseback ride through a wide array of colorful patchwork on the eastern foothills of the Imbabura volcano. Join a gastronomy lesson while preparing a traditional lunch. Learn from the community members about local planting techniques of potatoes, quinoa, lupin, corn, beans, wheat and other vegetables depending on the harvesting season.
Return to Quito.