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Otavalo Market

Address: Ave. Amazonas N23-23 y Veintimilla, Otavalo, Ecuador
Phone Number: +593 2-250-1418
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$59*
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Otavalo Marketplace with Optional Lunch
80%
Ranked #4 of 14 things to do in Otavalo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Flea & street markets, Shopping & Fashion
Activities: Shopping
Owner description: This colorful Indian market takes place each Saturday and features...
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Type: Flea & street markets, Shopping & Fashion
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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The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW via mobile

i went to Otavalo market to see the people. I am not a shopper but I couldn't resist to buy sone nice souvernirs. We visited the market on saturday and sunday morning. if you go early you see a lit going on. The tourist from Quito arrive around 10 am, so make sure you are there before.the indigenous people do... More 

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Quito, Ecuador
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

I had a blast visiting this bustling market! Was nothing like I had ever experienced before! There are so many colors and interesting people! If you are up for it, you could spend hours wandering the endless lanes of the market. Sadly since I had a full bag, I wasn't able to purchase much. The only downfall is that, most... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

You can find lovely scarfs of beautiful colors in light or heavyweight materials. I live in NYC where the winters are cold so I particularly look for the heavier material but I do buy lighter wieight for the spring and to give as gifts to my friends. I always visit the shop of Lucila Pineda on Bolivar Street. Last time... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We took a private bus tour from Quito with 12 people and we had a fantastic guide, but it did get to be a bit of tedious drive by the end of the day. If you can do it, I would recommend staying here overnight so you can take your time to enjoy the market.

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Watkins Glen NY
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We had a great time shopping here, beautifully embroidered items, tableclothes, blouses, napkins, musical instruments, scarves and more scarves,, and lots of jewelry made from Tagua, a nut that looks like ivory. Had a wonderful cappuccino at a coffee shop at Plaza de Ponchos with spotless bathrooms called Cosecha Coffee. all vendors love to bargain and the children are adorable... More 

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Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Although it is no longer as "ethnic" as it used to be, it is now very accessible and carries more goods than before. Practically everything you could want to buy is sold here. Antique or reproduced metal Spanish stirrups, gold bead necklaces, tablecloths by the score, the inevitable T-shirt, high quality weavings (as well as cheap low-quality ones too)... The... More 

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Huntington Beach, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The market is very interesting you can buy many arts and crafts. Found that their prices were high so you have you talk to them to lower it. Was able to buy many scarves and many gifts.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

If you are in the market for fine woven garments and blankets, this is it. Llama, sheep, alpaca, locally sourced, locally woven, locally constructed goods. The price follows the quality, but even the best is 1/5 or less the going rate in most western stores. A wrap of ultra-fine, super soft alpaca with beautiful woven design that would cost easily... More 

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Nice an colourfull market and it is cheap, so you have to go there. Saturdays animalmarket is also worth a vissit. Enjoy :-)

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Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, New Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

Came to Otavalo Market looking for bargains- found a few! Some of the vendors are very aggressive and will follow you around. Just say no and keep going. I found beautiful alpaca scarves and bought a bunch as gifts. Later while in Guayaquil wished I had more so I went to market there and found out what a great deal... More 

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