"Otavalo Indigenous Market" Otavalo by tejanasueca
Otavalo Travel Guide: 140 reviews and 407 photos
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.
- 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
The patio is well-managed with nice chairs and hammocks for those who are so inclined. There is also a large table and... more travel advice
The animal market is every Saturday before the regular market, i.e. really early (6-7am). However, it is worth getting... more travel advice
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