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Otavalo Market

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Address: Plaza de los Ponchos, Otavalo 100450, 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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Blast of color in a small place

Every type of clothing, accessory, musical instrument, souvenir you could imagine jammed in a relatively small square.Everyone wants to sell you something put they are not pushy... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
r0bellis
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Portland, Maine
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Elk Grove, California, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We stopped for a quick drink before our whale watching tour. The server was very good and split a hot chocolate for the kids without us asking. The live music was nice and the food looked good. Definitely worth trying again.

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Parker, CO
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I love markets, and there ar many good ones in South America...however, for all the hype, I was a bit disappointed in this market. Beautiful trip just getting here,but the market (on a Thursday) was ok. Many of the sweaters for sale, supposed hand-made by locals were exactly the same as those I has seem in Peru....and I didn't think... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nothing is more interesting than a town square filled with vendors of indigenous peoples ' crafts and art. I was able to enjoy bargaining for silver jewelry, paintings, pottery, musical instruments and alpaca shawls. The vendors were beautiful to behold and kind in demeanor. I was very glad to have made this visit. Go on Saturday when the market is... More 

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Portland, Maine
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Every type of clothing, accessory, musical instrument, souvenir you could imagine jammed in a relatively small square.Everyone wants to sell you something put they are not pushy and very friendly

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

During the week, the market stretches an area the size of about 3 hockey rinks. On Saturday, it expands to an area of 6 blocks by 6 blocks! Both side of the street, and down the middle too! Plus a live animal market. Plus a huge food market and eating area with local foods. Everything you could want in local... More 

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hunterdon county new jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

wonderful place to buy gifts for friends and for personal memories. the spirit of the market is not to be missed. the original food market is several blocks away--see the market before it moves to a conventional site...

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Otavalo has the best market I have ever been too. Especially on Saturdays, this market takes up a huge plaza as well as many streets in town. The choices and prices of the items are amazing. You will love shopping here!

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2017 via mobile

The crafts are available most everywhere anymore. Haggling is acceptable. It is colorful and clean. Not as large as I expected. The drive to/from Quito was the best part.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 11, 2017 via mobile

Situated on the high Andes mountains and under the dramatic Imambura Volcano, Otavalo town and its market aren't to be missed. Picturesque market in the center of the quaint city has appealing and colorful crafts from local artists. Charming outdoor market offers great finds and prices. We visited on Wednesday which is not as crowded as the weekend and loved... More 

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Hugo, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2017 via mobile

This is one of the oldest markets and it has been around for 4000 years! We were there on a weekday and arrived at 3:00 pm. I thought this was to our advantage as the vendors saw that we were serious shoppers and we were a party of 16. It was the end of the day and they wanted to... More 

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