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Museo Otavalango

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Definitely worth a visit

Cool place with a fascinating history , friendly guides and a good price. But knowledge of Spanish... read more

Reviewed December 17, 2018
Otavalo, Ecuador
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Great educational experience

This living museum is a great way to learn about Otavaleño culture and history through interactive... read more

Reviewed October 30, 2018
Anna T
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The Living Otavalo Museum was created in 2011 to preserve the culture of the indigenous Otavalenos. The museum is situated in what used to be a Spanish Hacienda in 1821. In 1958, the building was founded as the textile factory of San Pedro, where...more
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Via Antigua a Quiroga # 1230 | Antigua Fabrica San Pedro, Otavalo 100450, Ecuador
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Reviewed December 17, 2018 via mobile

Cool place with a fascinating history , friendly guides and a good price. But knowledge of Spanish is a must.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed October 30, 2018

This living museum is a great way to learn about Otavaleño culture and history through interactive demonstrations and exhibits. Don't miss this chance to learn about where you are!

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Anna T
Reviewed October 30, 2018

This museum is a necessary stop while in Otavalo. It's hard to imagine the hoards of tourists that visit the market for a few hours and leave never taking the time to get to know the history, customs, and traditions of the Kichwa people who...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank taddimo
Reviewed August 22, 2018 via mobile

I had a wonderful tour mostly in nice slow Spanish with some English mixed in. This is an amazing grassroots initiative where everyone is very knowledgeable and passionate about teaching and sharing their fascinating Kichwa culture. I'd suggest emailing in advance to find out when...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Cairns4040
Reviewed March 31, 2018 via mobile

We had a very nice time visiting the museum. Rene explained everything to us in a slow and understandable Spanish for almost 2 hours. We could feel that he was very passionate about his community and traditions, and also about the handcraft they make there....More

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed February 21, 2017

Otavalo is a excellent place. This city is located in Imbabura this city is very surprising because it is a one of the best cities of Ecuador. It is amazing to walk around this lake by the way that there is there. In this city...More

Date of experience: January 2017
1  Thank Javier M
Reviewed September 19, 2016 via mobile

The goal of this museum, established just a few years ago, is to preserve and interpret the culture of the local, Quichwa-speaking indigenous peoples, and they are doing a great job. The museum is situated on the site of a former textiles factory at the...More

Date of experience: September 2016
5  Thank DMinnich
Reviewed July 10, 2016

El Museo Viviente is a lively cultural center and inspiring community initiative. The museum is a creative work by Rene, Luzmilla, and the 22 families that support it to show indigenous culture through touch, dance, food, and games. It is its own thing, doesn't follow...More

Date of experience: July 2016
2  Thank Cecilia W
Reviewed March 16, 2016 via mobile

Shame on those that said there's nothing to see! It's a cute little museum with a very informative and interesting guided tour. You learn a lot about Quetschua culture and traditions. The entry fee is USD 5, but it's more than worth it. Plus: you...More

Date of experience: March 2016
2  Thank Ka L
Reviewed March 7, 2016

In January 2016, my wife and I toured the Museo Viviente, located in Otavalo, Ecuador. This is not simply a museum that collects artifacts and representations of the past. During our tour we found it to be an active, engaged community space created by the...More

Date of experience: January 2016
4  Thank Tom D
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March 12, 2015|
Response from CharlotteARS | Property representative |
Hello - you should definitely check out the museum. Rene, the owner, is usually there from Monday to Saturday 9am - 5pm. However, it is best to call to make he will be there when you want to go. His number is (+593) 98 726... More