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Few visitors take in more of this area than Otavalo's market, but if you have the time, a couple of tour operators can take you on visits and hikes to surrounding villages. Though not as well known as Baños in the Central Highlands, the nearby Chota (Class II) and Mira (Class III–IV) rivers are gaining attention in rafting circles.
Zulay Viajes, owned and operated by indigenous people, offers a variety of trekking and horseback excursions to the area surrounding Otavalo. Sucre 1014, Otavalo. 06/292–1217.
IntiExpress has a good selection of day trips to highland lakes and villages. Sucre and Morales, Otavalo. 06/292–0737.
Ecomontes Tour takes you rafting, as well as on horseback and cycling excursions in the countryside around Otavalo. Sucre and Morales, Otavalo. 06/292–6244. www.ecomontestour.com.