Plaza De Los Ponchos Mercado, Otavalo

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Browse the stalls of the lively Plaza De Los Ponchos Mercado. Experience the hustle and bustle of the market with locals selling handcrafts, textiles, purses, clothing, and trinkets. You’ll find the biggest selection and liveliest atmosphere on Saturdays. The market also has a large food court. Feel free to haggle on prices and take in the atmosphere as you search for souvenirs or accessories. Be sure to stop by the fruit and vegetable market to try out something exotic. Put Plaza De Los Ponchos Mercado on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Otavalo trip maker site .
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  • A nice market with a lot of vendors selling the same things. The stalls are slow to set up in the morning taking most until ten to get ready. Not many tourists when I visited so most of the vendors we...  more »
  • It is certainly understandable why this is in the top 10 things to do in Ecuador! Once I visited the animal market, I began wandering through the maze of vendors and found myself there the whole day s...  more »
  • A must see in Otavalo. Different things made by famous Otavalo masters. The best place to find souvenirs. The market is full of colors. There is also the possibility to try National dishes. No wi-fi.  more »
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  • A great market. Spread out. Great variety of colorful local goods of good quality and imagination. Our guide said the prices are better than in Quito. If we were younger would have considered starting an exim biz.
  • Large marcado. Its clean, and the vendors are friendly and will make it fun as you try to get a deal. There are the obligatory wild dogs roaming the streets and the plaza, and one lady kept following me around asking for more money, but mostly just good arts, crafts, mild on food vendors. I only saw three and it was on Saturday. The weekdays had none.
  • Market selling a variety of local handicrafts, largely rugs, scarves, jumpers, jewellery. Friendly and welcoming. Guidebooks all suggest going on a Saturday but we were there on Tuesday and Wednesday and there was plenty on offer and not too busy.
  • It's a very nice place and save a lot of ecuatorian traditions definitely a place to visit if you are in Otavalo
  • Excellent place to shop for alpaca fur related items as well as traditional clothing.

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Where to stay in Otavalo

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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