Plaza De Los Ponchos Mercado

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Brandon Osborne
Quito, Ecuador231 contributions
Couples
This is a definite must see in Otavalo. The prices for everything are certainly better than in Quito or Mitad del Mundo, but the originality generally leaves a lot to be desired and you definitely have to be on the lookout for cheap fakes. Saturdays are without a doubt the best day to go shopping as the market expands from the usual market and into all of the surrounding streets.
Written January 28, 2020
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LSL
Stevenson119 contributions
Friends
This very large open air market has plenty of local crafted to choose from plus the usual souvenirs. Quality varies as do prices from stall to stall. Be prepared to bargain as it is expected of you. Initial asking price should never be paid.
Written February 15, 2020
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Jungleboy42
State of Sao Paulo33 contributions
Family
Plaza De Los Ponchos is open all week, with the best buys on the off days-less buyers to sell to, so the local sellers are willing to bargain more! The largest market day is Saturday-incredible. I lived with a native family just outside of Otavalo for many months, who were craftsmen that sold at this market. I was able to learn some insider information I would like to share about Otavalo. First, if you are not Latin, and obviously of white skin, they all assume you have money and the prices start much higher than they do for a local or even a Latin who knows their way around these kind of markets...my point is, that you will need to bargain for an item if you desire it. Actually you need to do this, for those who just pay the higher price set a bad trend that the locals fall into, they stick to this price, ending up selling less to meet their needs and actually will go without until they get the price the have gotten prior. With this in mind, do the local community a favor and always bargain down the price, they will sell more and be better off. It is actually fun bargaining in these markets and even in the stores, even if you do not speak Spanish-very few here speak English, by the way. The market has a large array of stands/booths that sell from all over the country, even from Peru, Colombia and other parts of Latin America. It is one of the largest markets in the Americas for a craft market and worth the visit. The community here lives off of this market, along with the fruit & vegetable markets up the street and both to the left-Copacabana market, and to the right, the 24 de Mayo Market. As of this writing, the local economy is down, tourist arrive mostly for one day from Quito, which is easily done by local semi comfortable bus lines for around $5 per person and a 3 hour trip, give or take. The view is nice and from the Carsalen bus terminal in Quito there are several buses that do this rout daily, both to and from Otavalo. The bus terminal in Otavalo is only a few blocks away from the Plaza De Los Ponchos. Just ask anyone and they will gladly point the way. What is very interesting here is the native culture and type of traditional clothing that is still worn today by most of these inhabitants. They pride themselves in their heritage and native tongue of Kichua (Spelled many different ways, but somewhat different than Peru's Quechua. A few words to help be more local like are; Allipucha=Good Morning/Allichishi=Good Afternoon-from 12 noon to around 7pm/ Allituta=Good Night or Good Evening/ Pagui=Than you). Close by you can visit Laguna San Pablo, where you can do a variety tours and even learn to cut & make weaved craft items from the lakes Tortola plant, like a Tooly or Cattail plant in the U.S.A., boat rides across the lake along with some basic water sports activities. You will also find in Otavalo, swimming pools that date back to the time of Simon Bolivar, still open and in use, along with a small thermal pools facility. The nearby Peguche offers some interesting sights to see as well, like Condor Park and the 3:30pm bird show of eagles and hawks, visit the 1,000 year old, or so, tree known as El Lechero, just down the road from Condor Park offering a great view of Otavalo below, and the Water Falls of Peguche. These are safe areas with very low crime. I also know that the small Barrio of Peguche is working on various other tourist sites and trails that they hope to have open in the near future. One can rent bikes at some locations in Otavalo and ride to all of these places-be sure to lock up your bikes good when not suing them. Though there are not many travel companies in Otavalo, there are tours available and there are many Hostels and Hotels, which charge starting at $8 a person a night for a private room, and upwards, so shop around, you have a lot of choices and to visit here for just one day is not enough time. There are so many tours one can do in this area, even head out to the Andes Mojanda lake region or visit the virtually unknown Pyramid Ruins of Cochasqui, near Mojanda Lake. Cochasqui Archeological site, Museo Quilago, also offers camping ($3 per person),and new cabins there ($10 per person), and trails with guided am bird watching, to both hike or mountain bike on into the Mojando National Park area, where breath taking views, animals, hikes up the old Volcano Fuya Fuya-along with other Volacanos, and trout fishing are to be experienced, among many other treks and trails still really unknown to most tourists...Only about 1 hour or so out of Otavalo. Also, very close by Otavalo, and overlooking Laguna San Pablo, is the Volcano Imbabura and its tours, not to mention a short bus ride up to Ibarra, the next major city heading toward Colombia, on up to Coangue, etc., and the sights to be seen at these places as well, during your visit... The people here in Otavalo & Peguche, are very friendly for the most part, much more than I have experienced in all of my travels. Well worth the experience and can be done on a budget-even lunches here can be bought for less than $3 with soup and drink included. The water is not bad here but still recommend a $.50 cent bottle of water or soda to be on the safe side. I have only mentioned a few of the attractions in this area, there is much more than I have read about in other reviews, even to access the Quito Zoo is closer from Otavalo than it is from Quito, and also well worth the trip. So do your home work! Try the famous farm made cheese and "bisquete" on your way to the Mojanda Lake region! A note to add, is this region grows and exports many flowers and roses, which are very cheap to buy in Otavalo, so impress your loved one! Enjoy Otavalo and the region of Imbabura!
Written May 9, 2016
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Donna W
Fallston, MD192 contributions
Solo
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. I also did not feel I was getting great deals and found that many vendors were not much in to bargaining. I got better deals at the artsan market in Quito. My suggestion is to walk further inside the market, don't just stick to the outside rows. The outside rows are much more crowded and people just push you out of the way.
Written December 30, 2018
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RodMcLeod
San Francisco, CA972 contributions
Couples
This is a plaza in the heart of Otavalo that is completely taken over by stalls selling all manner of local weavings and handicrafts. However, the Saturday market is what you want to see, where the surrounding streets are completely taken over by vendors and stalls. It is a riotous, colorful experience. On Saturdays, there are three major markets - the Animal Market, the Handicraft Market and the Vegetable Market. Saturday markets must be 20 times larger than the daily Poncho plaza market. On Saturdays, you can also buy great meals of roast pork with maize for as little as $2. We had one of our favorite meals at one of these food stalls - just make sure the meat is hot.
Written March 9, 2014
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RodrigoAmaralSales
Sao Paulo, SP37 contributions
Friends
If you like good and beautiful handicraft this is a fantastic place. You can find incredible things like paints (Guayasamin style), ponchos, accessories etc... everything colorful and beautiful... An important tip is bargain...
Written May 20, 2014
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R. Abad Santonja
18 contributions
I went there for masks -- which aren't a huge thing in Ecuador -- and found 5 vendors. There were even ponchos available.
Written November 5, 2019
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Divedeputy
Ottawa, Canada8 contributions
Friends
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 little variety on display.

It's a sad thing to watch poor people trying to succeed in a place more interested in pricey stall rentals than in true diversity of creativity. Bottom line: if you're uncertain about visiting give it a miss. Kitchwa culture is all about the outfits, not the long standing beliefs. They seem to have lost all of that.
Written March 12, 2019
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Veronica Hunter
Medford, NJ5,880 contributions
Couples
I bought two hammocks, one designed to sit only and the other to lounge ... I also bought an alpaca wool blanket
Written August 23, 2018
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Panamajoe2017
Sechelt, Canada319 contributions
Solo
A nice market with a lot of vendors selling the same things. The stalls are slow to set up in the morning taking most until ten to get ready. Not many tourists when I visited so most of the vendors were desperate for a sale. If you go in the afternoon on a slow day, you get much better prices. Lots of woven items such as sweaters, blankets, shawls, wall hangings, etc. They all say they are alpaca, but given the prices and abundance of items, I would doubt anything is pure alpaca, although I’m sure there is some alpaca in there somewhere. I liked the handmade postcards and hand painted fridge magnets. They were unique. What I didn’t see here, but elsewhere in shops in town were the handmade woven belts? that many women wrap around their waists. Those are unique to this area and would make excellent souvenirs.
Written December 7, 2017
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