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Holidays Otavalo and the northern highlands

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Otavalo

The weather in Otavalo and the northern highlands is wide and varied

The northern highlands, including the traditional indigenous market town of Otavalo (2532m altitude) enjoy year round spring-like temperatures. The northern highlands are marginally warmer than Quito and the Avenue of Volcanoes further south, with temperatures averaging 21°C. During the June-September dry season temperatures can reach as high as 25°C and whilst there’s plenty of sunshine on most days, short sharp afternoon downpours are not uncommon. The wettest months are mid-February to April and October-December when overcast days are common or when short morning periods of sunshine give over to cloudy skies and afternoon rain showers. The main market day at Otavalo is Saturday when there are four different markets, including artisan and livestock.

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Real Latin America Experts

  • Kathryn Rhodes
    Kathryn Rhodes - Travel Expert

    Kathryn backpacked across Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and Peru before joining us. She has a degree in Philosophy and French and is a keen netball player.

  • Carrie Gallagher
    Carrie Gallagher - Travel Expert

    A former JLA tour leader, Carrie brings a wealth of on-the-ground experience to our London-based Tailor-made and Group Tours department.

  • Sophie Barber
    Sophie Barber - Travel Expert

    Sophie lived in Chile before joining us and has travelled extensively across Latin America, from Mexico to the furthest tip of Patagonia and beyond to Antarctica.

  • Lina Fuller
    Lina Fuller - Travel Expert

    Lina's passion for the continent where she was born really took off when she moved to Córdoba (Argentina) to study, spending the holidays travelling between Argentina and her native Colombia.

  • Mary Anne Nelson
    Mary Anne Nelson - Travel Expert

    Born in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile, Mary’s insider knowledge and dry sense of humour make her a highly valued member of the Tailor-made Holidays and Group Tour sales team.

  • Hannah Waterhouse
    Hannah Waterhouse - Travel Expert

    Hannah had an early introduction to Latin America when her family moved to Ecuador and she returned to study in Buenos Aires for a year before backpacking across the continent.

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