El Lechero

El Lechero Tree, Otavalo

Get a beautiful panoramic view of Otavalo on your way up to visit El Lechero and Lago San Pablo from this ancient, sacred gum tree. The tree is said to renew the energy of those who touch it. Legend has it, El Lechero and Lago San Pablo are the remains of two lovers from ancient rivaling families who were trying to escape to live freely with one another. They were caught in their attempt, and the lovers turned into the tree and lake—-always to remain side by side. You can see all three of the valleys’ volcanoes from this spot.