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Otavalo Market

Plaza de los Ponchos, Otavalo 100450, Ecuador
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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.
  • Excellent46%
  • Very good36%
  • Average14%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“for sale” (31 reviews)
“day trip” (34 reviews)
“fruit” (29 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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Plaza de los Ponchos, Otavalo 100450, Ecuador
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Reviewed 4 days ago

I found the market to be beyond touristy. Yes, it is a nice market, with a ton of little things to buy. But they are all for the tourist trade. They cater to foreigners only. Most of the stuff here looks like it is made...More

Thank Curtez151
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Reviewed 5 days ago

We didn't visit the market on Wednesday or Saturday, so it was smaller and without many tourists. They sell nice things there, but it is hard to decide which is handmade or comes from China. The people are friendly but often have the same products.

Thank Kahanni
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is described by a lot of literature as a "must do" especially on a Saturday when it is a lot larger. It is a huge outdoor market set out in the town square and along the streets that go off it. However, if you...More

Thank Ali921
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Everyone knows I love a market, so I made sure we got to the Saturday session in Otavalo, which we had read was the biggest and the best. It did not disappoint: spices, fruits, vegetables, lunch stands, blankets, clothing, and sweet treats were all abundant...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Everything is negotiable. Start by offering 1/2 of the asking price for items. No one speaks English so helpful to have at least one person who speaks Spanish.

Thank Kathy G
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This market has a LOT of HANDMADE things -- not just machine-made goods. In fact, some people were making things while we watched. The prices are reasonable, and there is negotiating room. Gorgeous scarves, textiles, fun jewelry -- I just didn't have room in my...More

Thank lotsagoldens
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

There was a lot to commend this tour—a full day throughout the countryside with some interesting stops, including the Otavalo marketplace. The guide, Andres, was attentive to the three English-speakers on a full bus, but his English was at times hard to understand. There were...More

Thank Philip D
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had trouble finding a tour for Thursday. We were a little worried but the market was fine. Friendly vendors no crowds good products We had a good time.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Is about 8 blocks of shopping! beautiful textiles. This only happens on Saturdays, all the artisans are out selling their hand made products. Is a very busy place, everyone is really friendly and they will work with you on the prices. Inexpensive. Lots of beautiful...More

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Reviewed July 13, 2018

I LOVED this market. There were great deals and the locals were incredibly friendly. Go about half the price of what the offer an item for. You DO NOT offend them when you haggle. It is totally expected. I got a cute sweater, an alpaca...More

Thank Darlyne J
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RSRMT
May 22, 2018|
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Response from Emily K | Reviewed this property |
Shoppings are fascinating at Otavalo Market! Venders came from all neighbouring areas are quite ready to accept fair offers regardless of any language barrier. They provide bags; better to carry your own, or buy your own... More
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MacTravels2016
March 25, 2018|
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Response from Jerri V | Reviewed this property |
Sorry it’s taken so long, I don’t get on trip advisor very often. The biggest day with all the vendors is Saturday but you can go anytime and still get a great selection of local crafts. They have good prices but do... More
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blackwater48
January 6, 2018|
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Response from Marcia G | Reviewed this property |
I think that any time you go you will find deals just different types of deals. I was very taken back by what they had.
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