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Address: Ave. Amazonas N23-23 y Veintimilla, Otavalo, Ecuador
Phone Number: +593 2-250-1418
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Description: 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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It is a fairly large market. I found it not to be a problem for this to be touristy. There were several products that one could see in a short period of time in an outdoor... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 28, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

It is a fairly large market. I found it not to be a problem for this to be touristy. There were several products that one could see in a short period of time in an outdoor setting. Remember that some brick and mortal shopkeepers rent stalls to sell their merchandise at a higher price on market day Saturday. If you... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015 NEW

We were a bit late getting to Otavalo and some stalls were already getting ready to close but there was still an amazing range of paintings, jewellery, wood crafts, clothing and household items like bedding and rugs. My main aim was to buy Tigua painting and I was delighted with my purchase (direct from the wife of the artist). I... More 

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Malaysia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015 NEW

A lot of stalls selling the same things. But a good place to see all Ecuadorian arts & crafts and the local people . Colourful tapestries.

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London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015 NEW

Visited the market on a day trip from Quito and we were really forward to it.Friends that had been to the market many years ago said they had an amazing local experience.We were very disappointed as we found it very touristy and not local at all.Everyone is selling the same stuff that are made in China and you can probably... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

The Otavalo Market is a great place to pick up souvenirs & gifts for everyone. All items are hand-crafted & Artisans are very happy to negotiate their prices.

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Toronto
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

Nothing special, the markets in Mexico, Guatemala, Peru and Bolivia are heaps better! The products were cheaply made and more expensive then other countries. I would skip this market if you will travel to Peru or Bolivia. We were very disappointed.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

This market spans across most of the town and stretches from the main square down many of the streets. We went on a Saturday (busiest day) and were supplied with many gifts and items such as clothing, hand made items, sunglasses and more! Perfect for the shopaholic.

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Quito, Ecuador
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

This indigenous culture has great talent, all their crafts focused on culture, colors, is spectacular, is in the center of Otavalo, they are all friendly, a place with order and proper attention. Beautiful place .

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

It is a very large and impressive market... But that's it. Rows upon rows of the same stuff, some of it artisan and nice, some of it commercial knock offs, shoe laces, batteries, etc. I'd see it if you were in the area but it's not really worth the 2h trek from Quito.

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Thousand Oaks, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

Had a great time wandering through this open-air market. Great deals on leather belts, woven hammocks, scarves, etc. Also many chances to sample the local food.

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Address: Address: Ave. Amazonas N23-23 y Veintimilla, Otavalo, Ecuador
Phone Number: +593 2-250-1418
Location: South America  >  Ecuador  >  Imbabura Province  >  Otavalo

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