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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  • 2.5 hrs taxi ride took us from Quito to Otavalo, Ecuador. This quant town has hosted the biggest markets in the Andes! Sights of gracious local indigenous people wearing their traditional outfits. Thi...  more »
  • I spoke much of this city and this market but... None of the other world, and the market very expensive and like any market, there is nothing special
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  • Beautiful and great market to shop in. Wool Blankets - $20, winter wool (soft!) scarfs $10, sweaters, $15. Fabulous silver jewelry. So much fun and filled with all sorts of crafts. 2.3 hours to cover ...  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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