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Otavalo Market

Ave. Amazonas N23-23 y Veintimilla, Otavalo, Ecuador
+593 2-250-1418
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Ranked #3 of 14 Attractions in Otavalo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Flea/ Street Markets
Activities: Shopping
Owner description: This colorful Indian market takes place each Saturday and features some of the finest woven products in the region including ponchos, sweaters, wall... more » Owner description: This colorful Indian market takes place each Saturday and features some of the finest woven products in the region including ponchos, sweaters, wall hangings and shawls. « less
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

Everyone was so nice to us and so polite and the prices were amazing. The booths were well organized very clean and so colourful. Top quality goods and they were anxious to please

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Austin, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

I will start by saying be prepared for a long drive from Quito to get to Otavalo. The shorter route is closed due to a land slide so now the trip takes 3 hrs each way, at best. Thankfully, we went on a Thursday not Saturday when the drive can take 4 hrs each way due to traffic. Personally, I... More

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Lexington, Kentucky, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

We visited Otavalo on a recent trip to Ecuador and we quite enjoyed our time there. Some other reviewers complained about the long drive to get there but we thought the bus ride there was half the fun. We saw so many interesting things and people and sights along the way, both out the bus window and also on the... More

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

This was our third visit to the Saturday Market here and we loved it - due to road damage caused by a recent earthquake, the main road from Quito is currently closed for repairs (may take 6-12 months, we were told by different people) so it takes quite a bit longer than normal. We bought alpaca blankets (if you are... More

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Cotacachi, Ecuador
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

This is a great way to see a HUGE market in a single day. Most people associate the Otavalo market with what you see in Plaza de Poncho with all of the indigenous crafts, but on Saturdays the streets around the Plaza are closed to traffic and the market expands to include an area of approximately 10 square blocks. You... More

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Salinas, Ecuador
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

Sure, it's a great tourist market. But, the experience itself is wonderful! If you can get there before 6AM, just walk around and take in the initial atmosphere. People scurrying here and there, families calling out to each other, "You forgot this! Where's that? Did you bring the other?" Then, watch the sun rise over Imbabura volcano, and start to... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

Plaza Poncho attracts both tourists and locals. Here one can buy colorful ponchos, carpets with intricate ornament, paintings of local artists, ceramics, clothes and many other items. Market day is Saturday, though the market is daily, just not as big. You can read more in my blog: http://www.panitatravel.com/2014/09/12/otavalo-ekvador-indejcy-moda-i-nemnogo-prirody-otavalo-ecuador-indians-fashion-and-a-bit-of-nature/

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Kansas City, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

So many beautiful souvenirs..if your haggle skills are great you can get a bargain!! I still to this day get asked about my decorations and where I bought them...people think I paid a fortune for them, when in reality I paid no more than $10! Sure you have some scammers, but you also give credit where it's due , a... More

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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014 via mobile

This was fun for a day out and we found lots of things that we wanted to buy. We had previously seen the same items in Quito so were not sure if it would be worth coming all the way to Otavalo however we found the vendors were much friendlier and it was easier to try and speak in Spanish... More

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

I love markets and the entire city turns into a market on Saturdays. You'll see many repeats in the different booths and it might take some persistence to find the high-quality, hand-made stuff, but it's totally worth the hunt. The live animal market is skippable in my opinion, but there if you're interested. There's also a large produce market -... More

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