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Otavalo Market

Ave. Amazonas N23-23 y Veintimilla, Otavalo, Ecuador
+593 2-250-1418
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$55*
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Otavalo Marketplace with Optional Lunch
79%
Ranked #2 of 15 Attractions in Otavalo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Flea/ Street Markets, Shopping
Activities: Shopping
Owner description: This colorful Indian market takes place each Saturday and features...
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Type: Flea/ Street Markets, Shopping
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 hangings and shawls.
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Edgware
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

I would recommend this market for a visit, what wonderful artisan treasures you will find. Beautiful jewelry, clothes, hats, leather belts and so much more! You will find something for everyone. Lovely stall holders are helpful and be ready to bargain for what you want. The most wonderful artisan craft items are all here. Just watch out for the little... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

It was really exciting seeing the usual eerie streets of Otavalo turn into a loud colourful marketplace. You can't leave here empty handed as you'll find yourself at least picking up one thing or another. I was hoping for more handicrafts, but there was still lots of neat stuff. Each vendor marks up their price on purpose, so you can... More 

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Otavalo, Ecuador
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

I've been going to this market for 15 years and obviously have seen many changes. It is colorful and vibrant and gentle bargaining is acceptable. The prices are very inexpensive and for those making hand made goods, it is their entire time in the week to make money. If you get up early, it is worth seeing the animal market... More 

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Washington, DC and environs
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

After the livestock market we went to the main (touristy market). When we first arrived a small child offered to sell me two rocks. Not that gullible! We walked around and many sell the same thing but we settled on one booth and bought a bunch of alpaca scarves. I think they really are alpaca but even if its not,... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

We took a trip to Otavalo market from Quito; there were eight of us so we hired a van and a driver for the day. It's quite a long trip there but there was plenty to see on the way. The main market is great but very touristy. That said, I don't usually buy anything while I'm travelling but I... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

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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