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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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Otavalo Marketplace with Optional Lunch
79%
Ranked #4 of 14 Attractions 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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Incline Village, Nevada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

We went to the Otavalo market expecting something akin to what we have seen in the way of Saturday markets in Argentina or Chile. But this one is much bigger. It takes over 8-10 square blocks and sells everything under the sun. The prices are good - even better if you can negotiate in Spanish. We only got through 2/3... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

Great selection and prices. You can bargain with people. They sell everything from food to clothing to crafts, all made by the indigenous people. The whole family had a lot of fun shopping and bargaining. We got some T-shirts and souvenirs, and the prices were great, so we brought some souvenirs for the family too.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015 NEW

We were privileged to be escorted to Otavalo on a tour led by EQ Touring. I would recommend this boutique touring agency to anyone who wants to travel to this famous market.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

Visited Otavalo on my last trip,which is about 1 to 2 hours north of Quito. I travelled with people from Germany, France, Argentina and China. The trip itself was great seeing the new highway being built from coast to coast, the mountain range and the Volcano Pichincha. We were up at about 6000 ft. and there was no effect on... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

This is an authentic market with high-quality crafts at very low prices. We went on Saturday, and it was great fun for the whole family

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Seattle, WA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

We went there after hearing all the hype about this place. It was a decent market. We had been doing some shopping in other places like Quito, Quilotoa and Banos, and so we realized that the vendors set the price a bit higher than other places. Might be because this place get a lot of tourist. We had to haggle... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

We had a great day going to Otavalo. We were with a day tour out of Quito. Enjoyed the market immensely -- just to watch people, see the stacks of vegetables, and the beautiful handiwork in products. It is a nice town. On the way back we stopped at the Equator and also visited a town famous for leather products... More 

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Edgware
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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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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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