Hacienda Pinsaqui

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Outdoor enthusiasts will delight in the variety of activities to keep you busy on a cool Andean afternoon. Well known for its equestrian services, guests can horseback ride with a guide on trails that wind through the hills as far as the Imbabura Volcano. Well-trained horses allow riders of all levels to have an exciting and memorable adventure. Mountain bikes are also available for rent, just let the staff know in advance how many your group will need. All hiking, biking, and riding can be done with a guide who will be able to take you through a variety of trails.

The nearby town of Otavalo, population 20,000, is world-renowned for its marvelous indigenous market. Throughout the week, there is an abundance of traditional weavings and handicrafts to be found. Besides the market, many of the local stores offer souvenirs and crafts typical of the region. Get there before 10 a.m. in order to get the most out of the trip, and avoid overwhelming crowds.

Cotacachi, just a few kilometers up the road, is a town that specializes in leatherwear. The main street is lined with shops selling belts, jackets, bags, vests, and more. There is an abundance of products allowing you to find what you are looking for - all at amazingly cheap prices.

San Antonio de Ibarra is renowned for its handmade woodcrafts and stone sculptures. Situated just fifteen minutes from the town of Otavalo, San Antonio is ideal for travellers searching for authentic craftsmanship.

Demanding hiking opportunities abound in the area. For example, the Mojanda Lakes, the Cascada de Peguche (waterfalls) and around the wonderfully beautifully Cuicocha Lake. Speak with the Pinsaqui staff to help arrange these excursions. Whether you choose to explore the markets or go for a climb, the Hacienda Pinsaqui staff will help provide transportation and more detailed information.

 

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