Just a 30-minute drive from the heart of Otavalo and you will discover a hidden gem: San Pablo del Lago. This tranquil village, located near San Pablo Lake, offers breath-taking views of the surrounding water, mountains, and the majestic Imbabura Volcano.
But what makes San Pablo del Lago truly special is its vibrant community, so we have planned a short visit to a local family and their loom, where you will learn some basic weaving skills and produce your own and unique bracelet.
After the weaving workshop in San Pablo, you’ll travel to the other side of the San Pablo Lake. Here, we find Parque Cóndor, where your spirit will soar with the park’s feathered residents, each one rescued from illegal captivity or inadequate environments. Witness their resilience and the sanctuary’s dedication to providing a safe haven. The highlight of your visit will be the awe-inspiring bird show at 11:30 am (weather permitting), where you can see these magnificent creatures fly. Certainly, to meet the Andean Condor, will be a highlight of your Ecuador holidays!
Explore the beautiful park’s trails at your own pace, visit the interpretation center, the cafeteria, or the playground if you come with your kids.
At lunchtime, you will be back in Otavalo.
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Depending on the moment, but mostly raptors, including vultures and owls.
You can sneak peek some of them here: https://www.parquecondor.com/nuestras-aves/
In San Pablo del Lago, the activities at the loom are fun and the place is full of color! Then, once at Parque Cóndor there are plenty of learning opportunities by just seeing the birds and hearing (the translation of) the explanations of the park’s staff. There is also a playground and an interactive interpretation center.
This is a private experience, however you will logically encounter other travellers at the Parque Cóndor.
All entrance fees are included.
Better not. We suggest taking the tour in the morning only, starting at 9 am. In the afternoon, there might be rain, which could make it more likely that the bird show at Parque Cóndor from 15:30 cannot be seen.
Find more info about climates in Ecuador in our blog “Best Time to Travel to Ecuador“.
Yes of course, go to Kawsami!
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Well, if you have allergies to birds, feathers, bird poop, or similar; this would not be an ideal tour for you, obviously.
In the heart of San Pablo community, Señor Urcu (Mountain in Kichwa), his son Rumi (Stone), daughter Angelica and wife Josefina, alongside other locals like Sisa (Flower), welcome travelers with open arms. They host weaving workshops, a vibrant tapestry of their traditional culture, family life, and community spirit.
These aren’t just lessons in craft, but immersive experiences into their lives. They eagerly anticipate the arrival of impactful travelers, ready to share and enjoy the richness of their village life.