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Otavalo Market

Ave. Amazonas N23-23 y Veintimilla, Otavalo, Ecuador
+593 2-250-1418
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Ranked #4 of 13 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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Greensboro, North Carolina
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28 reviews 28 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

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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Salinas, Ecuador
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7 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

Sure, it's a great tourist market. But, the experience itself is wonderful! If you can get there before 6AM, just walk around and take in the initial atmosphere. People scurrying here and there, families calling out to each other, "You forgot this! Where's that? Did you bring the other?" Then, watch the sun rise over Imbabura volcano, and start to... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

Plaza Poncho attracts both tourists and locals. Here one can buy colorful ponchos, carpets with intricate ornament, paintings of local artists, ceramics, clothes and many other items. Market day is Saturday, though the market is daily, just not as big. You can read more in my blog: http://www.panitatravel.com/2014/09/12/otavalo-ekvador-indejcy-moda-i-nemnogo-prirody-otavalo-ecuador-indians-fashion-and-a-bit-of-nature/

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Kansas City, Missouri
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

So many beautiful souvenirs..if your haggle skills are great you can get a bargain!! I still to this day get asked about my decorations and where I bought them...people think I paid a fortune for them, when in reality I paid no more than $10! Sure you have some scammers, but you also give credit where it's due , a... More

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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014 via mobile

This was fun for a day out and we found lots of things that we wanted to buy. We had previously seen the same items in Quito so were not sure if it would be worth coming all the way to Otavalo however we found the vendors were much friendlier and it was easier to try and speak in Spanish... More

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New York City, New York
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47 attraction reviews
134 helpful votes 134 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

I love markets and the entire city turns into a market on Saturdays. You'll see many repeats in the different booths and it might take some persistence to find the high-quality, hand-made stuff, but it's totally worth the hunt. The live animal market is skippable in my opinion, but there if you're interested. There's also a large produce market -... More

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

The market in Otavalo is by far the coolest Market I have been to. You can find some unique Items and try their local food all the Market. Saturday is the biggest day, It is awesome!

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Caserta Vecchia, Italy
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

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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172 reviews 172 reviews
102 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
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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81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
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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