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4.5 star rating: Recommended 42 Reviews

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  • Location: Quito, Ecuador
  • Duration:  8 hours (approx.)

Read what other Viator.com travelers think about the Otavalo Marketplace with Optional Lunch. What they loved, what they liked and what they think could be improved, it's all here to help you make the most of your next trip.

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2014

Fantastic all day tour.Tour of of the rose green house where they export roses was great.We bought items at Otavalo market.Great trip.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2014

The market was great, lots of nice things to buy for yourself and for gifts. Also interesting to meet Kichwa girls and hear them singing songs and explaining their dress. Other stops included a beautiful view of a volcano and lake, and Cotacachi for lunch and leather shops. Driving in the Andes you get some great views as well.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2014

This was the highlight of our Quito trip, I literally shopped till I dropped. Bring an extra suitcase so you can carry all your handmade bargains back home. The Ecuardorian lunch was excellent, and our tour guide William Torres exceptional. He even took us to the Equator and we did a muscle test, Wow!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2013

Great tour and day trip from Quito! Otavalo is a fascinating city and the market is well worth the visit. You can find some great deals here and it's all done locally by traditional Ecuadorian / Quechua families. If you have a day to spare, I'd recommend!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2013

Estaban was an excellent guide. He made all the directions very clear and he kept tabs on everyone so they would all be at the right places at the right time. I was sick on the day my Otavalo trip was scheduled for (Saturday Market) so they allowed me to use my voucher to go on the same tour the following Tuesday. I did have a BIG problem discussing this change, however, because NO ONE AT THE TOUR OFFICE seemed to speak English. I would think an English speaking comapny like GreyLine would have English speaking phone answerers, but NO! My hotel desk clerk did his best to translate, but an easy change became an ALL DAY problem to try to solve on the phone. Tour great! Office staff zip!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2013

I went on this tour expecting an organized buying trip! In reality I got a great introduction to Ecuador's indigenous culture. Tour was prompt, informative and well-paced. The Guide was fantastic.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2013

The trip was very varied and interesting. The guide (Javier) and driver (Patricio) were both excellent. The trip goes to a variety of sites all with something different to see.
I found it a little difficult to get an answer about the pick up time but that worked out fine in the end. The lunch venue was fine and we didn't choose the pre paid lunch option and were able to choose our own lunch.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2013

This was really a sight to see! I have been to many flea markets in the U.S., but this one was the largest. Quality of the merchandise was really good, too. Afterwards, we went to a nice place for lunch at very reasonable prices with entertainment included.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2012

Esteban was a great tour guide. I like the explanation of the Otavalo dress. The restaurant in Cocatahatchi was very good.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2012

We enjoyed the trip to Otavalo and the stops along the way. We visited a marzipan demonstration, Panama hat shop, and Cotaccachi leather town along the way. Our guide, Stefan, was very helpful and interesting. He spoke both Spanish and English. We would have liked more time to shop in Otavala markets. The Pan American Highway was a challenge for our bus but the ride was comfortable and clean.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2012

Great buys! Great guide! Great weather!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2011

totally enjoyed this trip. Roberto was an excellent guide - very informative. We were given plenty of time to enjoy shopping in Otavalo. I would definately recommend this trip to anyone.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2011

This tour was one of the highlights of our trip to Ecuador! The pick up was right on time, the bus was clean and well maintained. We got to stop off at a few spots along the way and see the beautiful mountains which were breathtaking!! The trip to Otavalo included a woman from Otavalo who sang for us and explained her native costume to us. We had plenty of time to shop around at the market and purchased a lot of really nice items.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2010

Could have stayed all day!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2010

Very knowledgeable guide. Thank you Roberto.

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