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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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Lovely to wander - see the animals too

Much of what you see here Is all over Ecuador and Peru, but it's great to see on Saturday when the market is biggest and vibrant with locals. Lots to buy and deals to be had on... read more

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

Much of what you see here Is all over Ecuador and Peru, but it's great to see on Saturday when the market is biggest and vibrant with locals. Lots to buy and deals to be had on fabrics and craftwork. Don't forget to go over to the animal market for the real experience. Head west from the centre, over the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went looking for the Otavalo market and found it. So fun to wander around and see all of the talents people have put on display. We were looking for things to take back to family and friends and we found everything and then some. Wonderful humble people and fantastic indigenous items to take home and remember your trip to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went to Otavalo Market in the late afternoon after we visited the Middle of the World Museum. Thought it was around 4:30, closing time and we could bargain more, I would suggest for everyone to go in the morning since there are more to see. Apparently there is a leather market and a livestock market we never saw.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a fun, and necessary, way to end my Ecuador trip. I was able to link up little trinkets for all of my friends as well as a warm alpaca blanket for myself. I speak Spanish well enough that I was able to bargain (you're supposed to do this here), but I'd imagine it would be hard for a non... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went on a Saturday. Bustling with tourists and locals. The main market with handicrafts spread across the plaza and many of the side streets. Local textiles, alpaca merchandise, traditional clothing and sections for locals in want of western clothing. Lots of repetition which meant plenty of haggling practice! The fresh food market was an interesting experience. Beautiful colours of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful and unique . Went there on Saturday the day of the market , you can see all the indigenas selling all kinda of handcrafts, food, etc. definitely something you Must see if you are in Ecuador . Colorful and unique .

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our guide insisted on our visiting the animal market, even though I told him I'd been warned it was sad to see the way the small animals were treated. We didn't even get to the rabbit-chicken-cat-dog section because we were so upset with the bellowing, shrieking, and moaning of the calves, pigs, cows, sheep, and horses. It was excruciatingly painful... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was brilliant, a huge open stalled market where you can bargain with stall holders for your gifts, lots of jewellery and alpaca wool clothing, rugs etc. There is also an inside food market where you can wander amongst the locals.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

First we visited the animal market, which is "life in the raw" as all kinds of animals, from guinea pigs to pigs to horses, are sold there. Then we went to the goods market. It never seems to end. The vendors are very helpful, especially if you are looking for a particular item. If they don't have it, they will... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It is a neat experience to visit this very old market. If you go on a Saturday, it will be crowded! You can haggle with the vendors over the price of an item. I found that most were will to negotiate a fair price. I picked up some beautiful, handmade items for myself and my friends. I recommend that you... More 

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