"Otavalo Indigenous Market" Otavalo by tejanasueca

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The Saturday Market

The indigenous market in Otavalo, which is held every Saturday, is a must do when visiting Ecuador.

Otavalo is convinietly located only approx. 2hrs north of the capital Quito. Due to the markets popularity however, it can also be somewhat of a "tourist trap." Therefore, it is recommended to travel to the town already Friday afternoon so that you can get a more authentic experience by visiting the market before the Saturday morning bus loads of tourists arrive (around 9am). This will also give you a chance to go to the animal market (6am), which is the prime location for the indigenous population to sell and trade their animals.

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  • Pros:Good prices and still somewhat of a cultural experience
  • Cons:Somewhat of a commercialized tourist trap
  • In a nutshell:A convinient experience of indigenous culture and good place to buy souvenirs
  • Last visit to Otavalo: Dec 2003
  • Intro Updated Dec 15, 2004
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