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Otavalo Market

Ave. Amazonas N23-23 y Veintimilla, Otavalo, Ecuador
+593 2-250-1418
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Ranked #5 of 12 Attractions in Otavalo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Flea/ Street Markets
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... more » 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. « less
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Caserta Vecchia, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

all city around start to move really early in the morning... nice to see people moving around with traditional clothes and.. nice to eat food street with them. the market its full of colors... i loved it

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Oklahoma
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We drove ourselves to Otavalo and went to the Centro Market, which apparently was the wrong one. It was full of locals and food products, including all kinds of raw meat and animal products as well as produce. We saw little to no local artisan textiles and no live animals for sale. This seemed to be the market for locals... More

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Washington, DC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Most tourists will flock to the crafts fair in the center of town, but the best attraction is the live animal market on Saturday mornings. It's a beehive of swarming buyers and sellers bargaining over and leading (or dragging) away cows, sheep, goats, pigs, llama, Guinea pigs, chickens, fighting cocks, and quail. The market is also the social mecca for... More

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Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

I travelled to Otavalo on a Thursday (easy bus ride from Quito $2) and while the market is smaller during the week, it was still big enough to keep us busy for a couple of hours and it was quieter, making it easier to haggle with the sellers - you will never pay full price for anything! After a while... More

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

According to the itinerary of the Galaterra’s tour "Otavalo Market". On Saturday we visited Otavalo, its indigenous people very friendly, cordial and courteous. We were in the Ponchos Square in this market there are several shops selling handicrafts, an environment very colorful and varied, the Otavalan people almost all with their typical dress: men use ponchos, white shirt, white pants,... More

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boston, ma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

The Otavalo market is in the center of town all week long - but on Saturdays it's supposed to be the largest outdoor market in all of South America. Bring someone who likes to shop and someone who likes to negotiate. You can buy blankets and other woven products, Panama Hats (from outside Cuenca), leather products (from Cotacachi), jewelry, etc...... More

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Western Pa.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

While spending a month in Cotacachi, made the mandatory trip to the market in Otavalo. It was a .25 cent bus ride from our rental. There are tons of stalls selling a wide variety of goods. This market is known for its textiles. Purchased several cloth wall murals. You are expected to bargain with the vendors but not to the... More

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Centerville, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014 via mobile

Spent the morning and afternoon walking around. Lots of native crafts. Most of it is kitschy junk but if you look hard enough there are some worthwhile mementos and souvenirs. If you really like something then buy it. The vendor may leave or the stall may be hard to find later. Enjoy the small cafés around the plaza. Lots of... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

I travelled here in July 2013 and had a great experience. Great range of beautiful blankets, bags, rugs, clothes and jewellery. Make sure you haggle though because the price is quite inflated. I bought a large (covers my queen bed) blankets made of alpaca for $21 USD but was originally quoted $45.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

As others have mentioned, if you have been to other markets in South America, there is not a whole lot different in Otavalo. It is, however, a spectacle. It is massive, and I love it. Before you go, know that Otavalo is known for its textiles, pervasive indigenous culture, and above average economic status. Like most markets, there are plenty... More

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