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

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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louisiana
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

We took the bus to Otavalo from Quito on Friday evening to visit the Saturday market. Unless you're a die-hard shopper, you might consider giving this a miss. The products were all very similar. Once you saw one row, you'd seen most everything. The outer streets contained products from China that you could find at your local Walmart. Hmm. Only... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

I had been looking forward to the Otavalo market as a highlight of our trip to Ecuador, and I was not disappointed. I have an interest in textiles, particularly "folk" textiles. The Otavalan people are lovely to look at, and they seem relaxed and at ease with life. I had done some research and learned that what is said to... More

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Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

My friend and I came to Otavalo just for the market pretty much. We weren't disappointed. The market is extremely large and varied. We tried some of the food, but mostly bought clothing/scarves/tapestries etc. Both of us have been to lots of South American markets in our lives, and I can say that the prices and quality here is superior.... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

Hired a taxi from Quito to take us to Otavalo and Cotacachi. It was expensive but worth the convenience ($150 for four persons). We know of others who took the wrong bus and subsequently spent 4 hours to get to this town. It was quite a spectacle - food, handicrafts, t-shirts, painted feathers, jewelry, belts, handbags, backpacks, scarves, blankets, Panama... More

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Sandusky
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

The market is probably a boon for shoppers but to us it seemed everyone had some form of the same thing. Found street vendors in Quito were somewhat cheaper but then we did not haggle as much as they are accustomed to. Could probably done better. It is worth seeing and the locals are friendly. Were told they are jot... More

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