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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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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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  • Otavalo Market is a great place to buy typical artesanal stuff from Ecuador but it is not a place for sightseeing. If you are not in the mood for shopping don't go; if you are, that's the perfect plac...  more »
  • We went on Sunday and skipped the big day on Saturday, but the market was still plenty big enough. The entire square was still filled with colorful stalls that more or less all sell the same things at...  more »
  • It was interesting to visit this market, but I was disappointed with the quality of the goods. I was happy that I bought some weaving at the Tahuantinsuyo workshop in Agato (see my other review). Afte...  more »