Otavalo Market
Otavalo Market
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This colorful indigenous market takes place each Saturday and features some of the finest woven products in the region including ponchos, sweaters, wall hangings and shawls.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • bluejeanfood
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania808 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice people
    Otavalo, renowned for its indigenous market, allows you to interact with locals, purchase traditional crafts and other goods at great prices (be sure to haggle how much you want to pay), and witness their colorful customs. The warmth of the Ecuadorian people will make you feel welcome everywhere you go. It is tiny and doesn't take long, but it was a nice spot as it was along the way we were going. Don't know if I would go out of the way to come here.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 16, 2023
  • Raymond S
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An amazing trip to Otavalo
    Such a beautiful tour! Irene was a fantastic guide, giving lots of explanations and putting a good spirit inside the group! Everything was amazing except perhaps the market, which, in my opinion is overquoted. But the rest was unique! And special thanks to our driver Andres!
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 9, 2023
  • Cha C
    Boston, Massachusetts9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful and fun traditional market
    Beautiful and extensive market with great prices and selection. Locals are friendly and not pushy about selling. Quality is very good. It is worth spending time here and doing a lot of shopping because the selection and price cannot be found elsewhere.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 7, 2024
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DisgruntledScotLass
Edinburgh, UK111 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019 • Friends
I really enjoyed my visit to this market. I would advise others to go on a weekday as it's much quieter and you're more likely to pick up a bargain. Items such as alpaca blankets, alpaca scarves, alpaca jumpers and souvenir t-shirts can be picked up here. Make sure to haggle with the market traders. The market traders are friendly despite the lack of English.
Written January 28, 2020
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Jim B
Parker, CO115 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
The market is advertised as a Saturday market, but it is back to operating every day. Saturdays are busiest because of animal and increased produce sales, but the market filled the plaza square on the late-June Monday we visited. We spent a bit more than an hour there but I could have easily doubled or trippled that because of the variety of artisans - woodworkers, weavers, artists, potters, jewelery makers, and more. I can't speak to the textiles but I was impressed with the quality of the artisans I visited. The prices were amazing, too, and they are willing to negotiate. I bought two paintings but would have eagerly bought some of the wood carvings if I wasn't leaving the next day.
Plan to visit the towns/villages around Otavalo where permanent shops house some of the region's reknowned artists.
Written July 2, 2021
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Kevin S
Pontypridd, UK6,607 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
Covering a plaza 100m x 100m there are an amazing amount of stalls across the grid of paths between them. Lots sell the same jumpers, zipped jumpers, scarves, hats etc. But between them every possible colour is available. Prices seem not that different from Quito, but you've travelled this far to see the colour and at-mosphere of the market so you just have to buy something. Everyone was friendly and helpful, no pushy hard sell at all.
Very quiet at 10.30 on a Friday in January, with very few tourists some negotiated bargains were had.
Written February 8, 2023
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Salinas de Guaranda
Salinas, Ecuador55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
The "Plaza de Ponchos" in Otavalo is the main cultural fair in Ecuador. It is open all week, but on Saturday the place is full of people and also they use 5 o 6 streets around the square. You can find a huge amount of handicrafts from Otavalo and also from other places in Ecuador, most of artisans understand English spell, but you also need to practice some spanish phrases. Near to "Plaza de Ponchos" is de food market where you can taste a lot of traditional and exotic dishes, like "Churos", "Fritada", "Tripa Mishqui", but if you have a delicate stomach, it is not recommended.
Along the streets you can find all necesary services like: Internet, Restaurants, Drugstores, Hotels, Money Exchange, Spanish classes, Taxi, Gourmet places, etc.
If you come to Ecuador and need some tips write me on twitter @tomabelastours
Written June 18, 2022
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Mariuxi Bolaños
Otavalo, Ecuador9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Family
Otavalo is the Imbabura province This city is very famous for tourist. It known as Valle del Amanecer there are many places for visit how Peguche waterfall,Plaza de los Ponchos ,San Pablo lake.When you travel to Otavalo you can found typical food .The typical food of Otavalo is Yamor the dish has fritada,mote,salad,tortillas,empanadas of rice and the Yamor chicha other dishes how potatoes with cuy and hornado.
I loved to visit the San Pablo lake because I can feel the breeze from the lake also I can ride the boat and I play on the swing.

If you want to have a good moment you must visit Otavalo . It's the best city in Imbabura.
Written October 3, 2020
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Fred G
Milton, Canada583 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
We were a group of sixteen travelers from Canada, and visited this local artisans market while in the area. Lots of colourful stuff available-my wife picked up a few souvenirs. Bought an Ecuador soccer shirt at a reasonable price.
Very busy place, although there was a great similarity in items sold.
Written October 6, 2022
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Kim G
Toronto, Canada1,548 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
This was a fair size market. The people of the region make up all the vendors. They have quite a variety of things on offer. Lots of clothing and alpaca accessories. Also hand made jewelry and artwork. There are a lot of repeated products but also some very unique options if you look.

It was very quiet when we there - no other tourists. The vendors are willing to bargain and you can get some great deals for souvenirs to take home.
Written December 4, 2020
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Amazon Andy
Ottawa, Canada45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Solo
Eventhough rain was in the forecast all week, every morning there was some sunshine and this was Carnaval week. The food was $2 for a full fish and sides. You must negotiate hard. I got a large blanket that started at 35 and I got for 20. There's the streets and then the poncho square, all walkable and pretty safe.
Written March 6, 2020
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I13JAmarym
Palm Desert, CA2,574 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
We chose to go to the market on a quieter day. We were very aware there would be some merchandise that was imported from China. It was a great experience because it was not hot, it was not crowded, and vendors were happy to have customers. I did some shopping for souvenir little stuff-I wanted to bring back some alpacas as gifts. I had a great time bargaining respectfully with the vendor. She was great and we spent a lot of time laughing. I also found a pair of earrings and some little reminders of the Galápagos Islands. I did buy a pillow cover, fully aware it was machine made but it was priced fairly, made in Ecuador and I love it.
Take small bills and don't carry much else with you.
Written November 27, 2022
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Agent5aq
Atlanta, GA99 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
Highly overrated - in my humble opinion. If you are stopping at this market on your way to another city, then it might be worth it. However, if you are visiting from Quito - it’s a full day of travel in a car to find items that you can find all across Quito. I recommend the Mitad del Mundo village over the Otavalo Market - much better experience and much better selection of items.
Written November 16, 2023
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