The 10 Best Things to Do in Cotacachi, Ecuador

September 9, 2017 Leonardo Torrence

Discover the best top things to do in Cotacachi, Ecuador including Laguna Cuicocha, Condor Park, Peguche Waterfall, Museo de las Culturas, Otavalo Market, Iglesia Matriz, Wariman, Nangulvi Hot Springs, Happy Horse Tienda Hipica, Termas Nangulvi.
Restaurants in Cotacachi

1. Laguna Cuicocha

Cotacachi 100450, Ecuador +593 6-301-7219
Excellent
59%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 741 reviews

Laguna Cuicocha

Located west of the Chota River, this extinct eroded volcano is best known for its deep crater lake and two lava Islands.

Reviewed By Jerri V - Marion, IL

$6 taxi from Cotacachi and what a wonderful view. What use to be a volcano is now a spectator sight to see. Small shops and rest room as well as restaurant on site make for a lovely day. No Admission fee and you can take a scenic boat trip around the lake for $1.

2. Condor Park

Otavalo, Ecuador +593 98 431 1769
Excellent
54%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 423 reviews

Condor Park

Reviewed By Stephen S

I'm not usually into captive wildlife collections--this one is very different. The refuge is exactly that--a place for injured or sick birds of very dramatic species--the layout is great for walking through, the birds are magnificent--you will Condors which are huge and daunting--but in a large, spatial enclosure. The bird demonstration/show by a trained and knowledgeable handler is really something to see--especially the release of the birds for flying around and coming back for a reward morsel.

3. Peguche Waterfall

Peguche, Otavalo 100451, Ecuador
Excellent
45%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 598 reviews

Peguche Waterfall

Reviewed By Ernjack1972 - Lancaster, Virginia

Take the short hike along a walled cobble stoned path. Lots to see along the way as you pass a campground and a small settlement. You can view the falls from a small bridge below the falls or climb to the top on some steep trails. It can be very muddy and slippery, so take care when climbing.

4. Museo de las Culturas

Garcia Moreno 1341 y Bolivar, Cotacachi 100350, Ecuador +593 99 382 6154
Excellent
41%
Good
49%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 29 reviews

Museo de las Culturas

Reviewed By WJD_CO - Longmont, Colorado

From the gorgeous glass entry doors to the tasteful restoration of a beautiful building and courtyard it is a feast to the eyes and senses in a sea of more modern block buildings. Close to the equally impressive Cathedral and Convento across the street, and the Hotel next door. Worth a visit.

5. Otavalo Market

Plaza de los Ponchos, Otavalo 100450, Ecuador
Excellent
46%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 938 reviews

Otavalo Market

This colorful Indian market takes place each Saturday and features some of the finest woven products in the region including ponchos, sweaters, wall hangings and shawls.

Reviewed By andypegonthego - Huntsville, Ontario

Awesome and overwhelming sooooo many beautiful things ... make sure to bargain. Should of bought more. Will have to go back

6. Iglesia Matriz

Bolivar Street, Cotacachi 100350, Ecuador
Excellent
56%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 18 reviews

Iglesia Matriz

Reviewed By Roger H - Dhaka

...but, i hate to say this, the real attraction is the street (calle 10de Agosto) with all the leathershops. Great, great deals if you like leather stuff; shoes, boots, bags, jackets and horse-riding stuff. My girlfriend and I did some damage here! Absolutely recommended for, dare i say it, leather lovers!

7. Wariman

Nangulvi Bajo, Cotacachi 100350, Ecuador
Excellent
75%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 8 reviews

Wariman

Reviewed By skoenlaper - Tucson, Arizona

We hired a driver to take us here and half way up he stopped and said if you want to go the rest of the way it will be more money. The ride up and back to Apuela was $30! We explored the area and it was beautiful but they charge you again once you are there and then to see the one room museum there is another charge and with lunch which was fried plantains and guacamole. The total cost was over $60!!!! That is crazy prices!!! I thought I was back in the US. But the views were amazing.

8. Nangulvi Hot Springs

Cotacachi, Ecuador
Excellent
80%
Good
0%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
20%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 5 reviews

Nangulvi Hot Springs

Reviewed By Jamie D - Vonore, Tennessee

This a place for locals who can enjoy what it offers without a long travel to get there. There are two working pools, 5 non working. The valley is subtropical and beautifully rough around the edges.
If you are a western tourist looking for a hot Springs experience close to Cotacachi, keep looking. These are not the Springs you are looking for...

9. Happy Horse Tienda Hipica

De Agosto 10-70 y Pedro Moncayo 10, Cotacachi 100350, Ecuador +593 6-291-6258
Excellent
100%
Good
0%
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0%
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0%
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Overall Ratings

5 based on 3 reviews

Happy Horse Tienda Hipica

Reviewed By Anesthesia2011 - Sacramento, California

Cotacachi is famous for leather. The shops seem endless but of them all, we thought Happy Horse was by far the best in terms of quality and value. The shop features wallets, purses, backpacks, briefcases, and an impressive selection of equestrian products including saddles and saddle bags. Most models come in light brown, dark brown, or black and feature hand-stitching. Prices were extremely fair and the the salespeople were very helpful...no pressuring or up-selling. We left as happy customers with 2 wallets ($30 each), a backpack ($80), and two purses ($60-70 each). Would highly recommend!!!

10. Termas Nangulvi

Valle de Intag, Cotacachi, Ecuador +593 6-301-5892
Excellent
20%
Good
60%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 5 reviews

Termas Nangulvi

Reviewed By Anthony R - Silver Spring, Maryland

The place was a nice suprise. I heard had hear it wasn't too nice but found the place cleaner and bigger than anticipated. What is not to like about lounging in a pool full of hot water. It's open until 9 pm and it was a good place to relax after a day of hiking.

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