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Plaza de los Ponchos, Otavalo 100450, Ecuador
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Reviewed April 8, 2019

There is all manner of merchandise here, and, yes, some of it is repeated. If you look like a tourist (i.e., not Ecuadorian), the price will be higher. That's where the fun comes in. Just ask to buy it for less - they can always...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed March 11, 2019

What can I say? It is basically a twenty vendor market duplicated fifty times. try and find a garment made of real alpaca and you'll lose your mind. The vendors seem quite desperate (which they probably are) but that is bound to happen with so...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed January 7, 2019

The market works everyday from dawn till dusk. At Saturdays it gets much bigger but prices grow as well. I advice to buy stuff in the afternoon because prices become far cheaper. To sum up the market offers you an abundance of ponchos, sweaters, other...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 30, 2018 via mobile

I have always heard how this market is so unique and exciting and what great,deals you get so while in Ecuador I had to try it. There was tons of stuff to buy, but after walking the first row you've pretty much seen it all....More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed August 23, 2018

I bought two hammocks, one designed to sit only and the other to lounge ... I also bought an alpaca wool blanket

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 9, 2018

I went to this market from Cotacachi, which is about 20 minutes away by bus or 10 minutes by taxi. Bus fare is 55 cents, taxi is $5. There are plenty of vendors to choose from, many of them make the same kind of products,...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed June 26, 2018

The Saturday market is one of the must-sees in the region. It is not only for tourists but also for locals. Prices are not exaggerated. The quality of the products however is not what it used to be.

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank mondialisme
Reviewed May 22, 2018 via mobile

When you’re staying in Quito, I think it’s not worth the trip to Otavalo for only this market. I was a bit disappointed because everyone talked about it, but to me it’s just a normal market for tourists. Everyone is selling the same stuff and...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Marguerite129
Reviewed March 1, 2018

It's a must when you are visiting Otavalo. It's a day trip from Quito. Saturday is the big, big day because the market extends to all the surrounding streets. The market is open every day, even Sunday, so it doesn't have to be a Saturday,...More

Date of experience: February 2018
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Reviewed February 17, 2018

I went to the market several times as I was in Otavalo for two weeks. Every day it has a different character. On Saturday the market literally takes over the town and sprawls for blocks and blocks selling everything imaginable. On Saturday and Wednesday their...More

Date of experience: January 2018
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