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. Our Otavalo vacation generator makes visiting Otavalo Market and other Otavalo attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • August 16, 2017
    Good prices, sellers are willing to haggling. Very good products in general, sometimes becomes difficult a little circulation. If you go early gets parking.
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  • August 13, 2017
    Very great and interesting this typical craft fair. A little bit of everything. You just have to negotiate hard and ask for "su ultimo" to give the final price. You know, they want to take advantage of the tourists who invade the place. But well worth going. And for those who go there, enjoy a few more minutes and reach the paradise of leathers in Cotacachi!!!
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  • August 12, 2017
    I am glad we came to Otavalo Market because we really got to see true craftsmanship of many products. However, there were many things that were just mass-produced and required haggling. We bought some...  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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