Kayak San Pablo Lake, Indigenous Women Project, Otavalo Indigenous Market
Rise and enjoy breakfast with coffee or tea as we prepare for a morning of paddling near the picturesque Andes Mountains. We drive to our starting point, San Pablo Lake, which is located close to the “Father Mountain” of Ecuador’s indigenous mythology – Imbabura Volcano. You may choose to paddle a kayak or a stand up paddleboard (SUP), and our qualified guide will give a safety talk before we get started.
This afternoon, we drive to the village of Peguche to visit an elderly Otavaleno woman, Matico Lema. She has devoted the majority of her life to helping other local woman hone and develop traditional Ecuadorian skills, and will show us how she prepares food, weaves, and dyes textiles.
Lastly, we will visit Otavalo: the largest, most famous handicraft fair in South America. Indigenous weavers from Otavalo and the surrounding areas sell their products in the market, and artisans from all across the country bring sweaters, ponchos, blankets, scarves, shawls, woven textiles, tagua carved figurines, Andean musical instruments, paintings, ceramics, jewelry, and more. We will spend some time meandering through the market before heading back to our accommodations in Quito.
Activity: Kayak San Pablo Lake
Distance: 2.5 nautical miles
Approximate Time: 2.5 hours