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Address: Ave. Amazonas N23-23 y Veintimilla, Otavalo, Ecuador
Phone Number: +593 2-250-1418
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Activities: Shopping
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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Otavalo Marketplace with Optional Lunch

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Shop souvenier here

On the way from Zuleta to airport, stopped here for shopping souvenir. Went to the market in Quito that was nice, but the price here is way better. A lot of vendors to explore... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 18, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

Prepare to negotiate, and have fun. Some great finds here, as we've travelled all over South America (5 countries in 5 months so far). Hands down, best market / deals we've seen entirely.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

This town has to be explored over the course of a few hours, or you'll miss everything great about it. You might spend a lot of time shopping, but you should spend most of your time exploring from the furthest points of this town, to the innermost points. Most of the people with me were pissed that they had not... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

If you can make it Otavalo a day or two before Saturday and see how much the market expands on Sat you will be amazed! Make sure you bargain for a good price but don't be a jerk and be too cheap, they need to make a little money too!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

On the way from Zuleta to airport, stopped here for shopping souvenir. Went to the market in Quito that was nice, but the price here is way better. A lot of vendors to explore, similar things you find in Quito and Galapagos. It was a good decision to stop here on a way to airport for shopping on a last... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

We went to Otavalo as part of a day trip from Quito. It was a rainy Sunday so that the market was rather empty at first, but more people arrived as the rain stopped. We did a little homework beforehand as to what prices to expect, but we suggest that you treat this as fun shopping and not get too... More 

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Cotacachi, Ecuador
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Go on Saturday if you like crowds. I liken midweek when it isn't crowded. Always a great selection and fun bargaining.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

I visited on a Sunday as a day trip from Quito and it wasn't crowded. It was a good place to stock up on gifts - scarves and jewelery were plentiful. The price of the machine woven scarves, $2, was the same that I paid in Quito. It was interesting to see the local people in their traditional clothes. The... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015 via mobile

we went Friday morning when it was just in the square - still a big selection and it is always fun to bargain. Things all got a bit the same though. Better is the animal market early on Saturday - my 2 city kids were astonished. We went back into Otavalo for lunch on Saturday afternoon and it was crazy... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Would recommend this market overall, as the buzz in the town when it's happening is excellent. It was fascinating to see the animal market, which runs on a Saturday morning 7 - 10. Whilst some might find it distressing, it's a view of 'real' Ecuador quite separate from the main arts and crafts market. The main market is good, but... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

On Saturdays, this market swells like a dry sponge that has had water added. This is the best day to visit, because many of the indigenous people come into the town to sell their goods. This is the most opportune time to buy authentic things. Of course, you will find plenty on non-authentic backpacks, batteries, and USB storage sticks, but... More 

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