Otavalo Market, Otavalo

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Otavalo Market has put its city on the map, attracting tourists who’ve heard of the famous market whose origins stretch back to pre-Incan times. This market has maintained its strong roots to its ancient history, making it not only a destination for shopping but for cultural experiences. The locals, Otavalenos, are known for weaving and creating products like blankets, handbags, wall hangings, and scarves. The market takes place every day, but the busiest market day is Saturday, when nearly one third of the town fills with vendors’ stalls selling traditional textiles. Come and browse among the many stalls to find the perfect souvenir to take home. With our online itinerary creator, Otavalo attractions like Otavalo Market can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • I love markets and this being the largest in South America, I was beyond excited to go! Saturday is their main day with Wed. being the second best day which was when I was there and, really, that was ...  more »
  • The Saturday market in Otavalo, Ecuador is not a pure tourist market. There are also many offers for the locals, who are heavily represented among the visitors. Many market women are very beautiful to look at in their traditional robes. The beauty as a tourist is — as I've seen it - that you can stroll alone through the market, without equally aggressively to be addressed.
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  • The Otavalo market is known to be the biggest and most beautiful indigenous market in South America. Having traveled alsmost all countries on this continent I couldnt agree more. I visited the market ...  more »

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With the market town's growing international reputation, good quality accommodations have cropped up in Otavalo in recent years to meet the boom in tourism. Choose between characterful posadas (guesthouses) offering simple rooms in rustic buildings, or opt for one of the slightly larger hotels. Book early to avoid disappointment, given the relative lack of rooms available; alternatively, consider staying in Ibarra to the north, where the choice of lodgings is far greater.
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