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This beautiful area of lakes and mountains, with colourful indigenous communities who produce extraordinary quantities of handicrafts, lies approximately two hours drive north of Quito.

While Otavalo makes a good full day trip, staying overnight in a colonial hacienda allows you to explore the area on foot or horseback, and see small communities with an agricultural way of life that has changed little for hundreds of years. The fertile countryside is surprisingly rich in wildlife, including the magnificent Andean condor.

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