Hotels near Otavalo
Famous for its spectacular Saturday market, the community of Otavalo retains many cultural traditions that indigenous Otavaleños have practiced since the Pre-Colombian era. When planning a trip to Otavalo, try to be there for a Saturday morning. There is a market on other days, but the Saturday market by far the most impressive.
We highly recommend the following hotels:
Hacienda Pinsaqui – just 1.5 hours north of Quito and a few miles from the Otavalo indigenous market, you’ll experience 300 years of history staying at a traditional Andean hacienda in the shadows of towering volcanoes Imbabura and Cotacachi in the Imbabura province’s lake district. Stroll through the beautiful gardens planted some 3 centuries ago, explore the countryside on horseback, relax in front of the fireplace and dine on traditional local cuisine just as the hacienda’s illustrious guests of the past, including Simon Bolivar who used to stay here on trips between Bogota and Quito.
Hacienda Cusin, San Pablo del Lago – A luxurious country inn amidst eternally blooming gardens and nearly 400 years of colonial history. Located near Otavalo in a spectacular natural setting at the foot of the dormant Imbabura volcano, activities like horseback riding, mountain biking, and high tea on the balcony are not to be missed. The Tatler, London, 12/96 says “… one of the world’s best-kept secrets.”
Andean woman at Otavalo market.
La Casa Sol, Otavalo – “More than just a hotel, a home with personality.” Highly recommended by top travel magazines and recognized by local authorities and travel agencies as a new option for getting to know the natural and cultural treasures of Ecuador. Located in the Peguche Waterfall Forest Reserve, three kilometers north of Otavalo, it is designed with guests’ complete comfort in mind. Created to be reminiscent of an authentic Ecuadorian country home, each room features a balcony, terrace, garden, and fireplace.
Casa Mojanda, eco-hotel near Otavalo – A dramatic mountainside inn, an organic farm and retreat located above the town of Otavalo in the foothills of Mojanda featuring spacious rammed earth cottages with magnificent mountain vistas. Casa Mojanda seeks to exert a minimal impact on the natural environment while actively supporting local community traditions and culture as well as projects in rural public health, education, and conservation of the Mojanda Lakes paramo, forests, and watershed.
Las Palmeras – Situated on a verdant hillside just north of the equator and a short walk from the world famous Otavalo indigenous marketplace, Las Palmeras is a place of astounding beauty and undisturbed tranquility. A gorgeous, comfortable, fully-equipped cottage set below the towering peaks of Imbabura and Cotacachi will be your home away from home as the scent of bougainvillea, palm trees, perennial flowers, and a blossoming blackberry orchard fill the air around you and a variety of birds perform a private concierto for you. Transportation and a variety of tours available.