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Address: Ave. Amazonas N23-23 y Veintimilla, Otavalo, Ecuador
Phone Number: +593 2-250-1418
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This colorful Indian market takes place each Saturday and features some of...

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.

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About a 2 hour drive north of Quito is the outdoor market of Otavalo. Local vendors display their handicrafts and are always willing to bargain with you. I think it is really... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Bracebridge, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This was one of the best markets that we visited on our trip. They had everything that you could want to buy of the local crafts. I purchased a beautifully embroidered leather purse for $13US. Also some beautiful baby alpaca wool scarves and shawls for between $5 and $8 US which you would pay $100 for back home in Canada.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Apparently the biggest market in this part of Ecuador, full of weavings, leather, crafts and the usual "stuff" of all markets. The indigenous people are skilled, dressed in their traditional clothing and very friendly

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A typical market environment. The vendors are nice and not overly pushy. If your interested and let them know you need to haggle the price ,but act like your walking away and you usually get it a buck or two cheaper. I'm not much for this type of thing but think it's work a visit,hammocks souvenirs ponchos it's all there.... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a famous crafts market in Otavalo, but we were a bit disappointed. Quite touristic and unless you really want to buy something of alpaca, you could also skip it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Good selection feel and smell the 'alpaca' items to be sure they are soft mostly baby alpaca Plenty of restaurants and coffee shops around art crafts abound

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went to the market only because it's "the thing to do", and it was about what we expected it to be: the same goods over and over and over, all mass produced. We did buy a few things, and you need to haggle your best to get a good price. We bought alpaca blankets and after haggling the bargain... More 

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Bracebridge, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

About a 2 hour drive north of Quito is the outdoor market of Otavalo. Local vendors display their handicrafts and are always willing to bargain with you. I think it is really expected. Weekends are the most hectic so if you are not a fan of crushing crowds I would recommend a week day visit.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Otavalo market is huge but not really special. The same souvenirs can be bought in Quito, in artesanal market Mariscal.The prices are similar. The market atmosphere you can live in any other Ecuadorian markets.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited the animal market very early, and saw only little tourists. Impressive, many different types of animals. The other market on Saturday was enormous, we walked around for hours to watch the people and all the colourfull stuff!

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San Diego, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Even in the rain we bought amazing jewelry, ceramics, woven shawls, so much more. It is a fun place to wander and the people are friendly and charming, not aggressive in trying to sell you anything.

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