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Otavalo Market

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Address: Plaza de los Ponchos, Otavalo, Ecuador
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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This colorful Indian market takes place each Saturday and features some of...

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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Lots to see; know your stuff!

Lots to see, and we were here on a Wesnesday (Saturday is the big market day). It's a bit hard to tell what's quality and what isn't, and sellers are fairly aggressive in wanting... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW via mobile

I am all about textiles, anything hand woven. So, I looked forward most excitedly to visiting Otavalo toward the end of our time in Ecuador. I was not disappointed. And I am very glad we went midweek rather than on a Saturday when the market expands down the surrounding streets. There was plenty to choose from without being overwhelming and... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I've been to this market almost every year for the last 20 years. For a first timer it may be overwhelming but for a seasoned vet it's tiring. The only good time to go is in the morning before vendors are hungry, tired, and worse yet unavailable to sell to you because their talking with their friends across the plaza.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lots to see, and we were here on a Wesnesday (Saturday is the big market day). It's a bit hard to tell what's quality and what isn't, and sellers are fairly aggressive in wanting your attention. Fun if you like that and are willing to take the time to get educated and bargain.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

.....wonderful people. What a treat - such a colourful feast for the eyes, and you want to buy everything. The vendors are so attractive in their lovely costumes - actually I think these are the clothes they wear all the time. No-one was pushy, but very helpful at finding something from other stall holders if they didn't have the colour... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

While the BIG or should I say HUGE market is Wednesday and Saturday you can shop here ANY day and get some great deals. Make sure you offer less than they say they want. You will be surprised at what they accept. We had to hit the ATMs TWICE but never regretted it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We went on a weekday so not as busy as Saturday we were able to bargain and got some very good deals. It is a way out of Quito so start early and maybe combine with a local lunch or another local attraction?

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Could hardly believe my eyes as I breezed through the Otavalo Market. The market encompasses several blocks and the Ecuadoran vendors have such a variety of hand-made blankets, purses, hats in every imaginable color and size selling at bargain prices. This is a must-see while you are at the Plaza de los Ponchos in Otavalo, Ecuador.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and l spent a few hours walking up and down the aisle here. You can find almost anything Ecuadorean you want. From alpaca socks,hats and sweaters to the more common items like shot glasses and bracelets. Best advice I can give is to not buy from the 1st vendor. No matter what they are selling you can find... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went on a Saturday & left Quito by taxi at 8.30 heading to the bus station to go to Otavalo by bus. From Carolina Park it was $6 in the taxi and took 20 minutes. The queue for tickets for the bus was taking 30 minutes. While waiting to buy a ticket a taxi driver came up and said... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We started a bit down the road from the main market and saw the animal market. What a sight! People are selling live animals! They also had some kids hand weaving bracelets for one dollar. It was pretty amazing! Then we headed to the main market. My suggestion is to start at the back of the market. We started at... More 

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