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Otavalo Local Customs: 15 reviews and 33 photos

If you are lucky to be in Otavalo during these times you will get to see the traditional festivals. They are very exciting and alot of fun.
The Inti Raymi celebrations by the end of June (On June the 21st), together with the Fiesta de San Juan (On June the 24th) and the Fiesta de San Pedro and San Pablo (On June the 29th).

The three celebrations together are also known as Los San Juanes held by the indigenous people in Otavalo. The celebration starts at the Peguche waterfall with a spiritual private ritual. The smaller villages close to Otavalo celebrate with musicians, dancers and lots of drinking. In Otavalo, the indigenous people celebrate with costume parties in the streets and Plazas. This is a week long celebration.

The last day on the 29th of June, there are other events including fireworks, bullfighting and the magnificent boating regattas on Lago San Pablo, which starts in Cabañas del Lago.

The Fiesta del Yamor and Colla Raimi.- These celebrations are held on September, on the first 2 weeks. A well known and the largest celebration in the province of Imbabura. The yamor chicha (Local drink made of several corn types) is prepared and given to the guests along with local delicacies. There is a lot of dancing, processions, cockfights and local music is played everywhere, all this together with fireworks and other amusing events.

Mojandas Arriba.- (31 October) This is an annual celebration that commemorates the day that Otavalo became recognized and declared a "city" by Simón Bolívar

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  • Updated May 2, 2006
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