Otavalo Marketplace Tours

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Otavalo Marketplace
Nestled in a valley at the foot of a volcano 57 miles (92 kilometers) north of Quito, Otavalo is a highland community of indigenous locals famous for their weaving skills and colorful textiles. The local Otavaleños who sell their wares at the daily market wear traditional clothing and have maintained their culture, way of dress, and identity.

The Basics
Otavalo market is a popular day trip from Quito, as a visit to Otavalo and the surrounding area offers a window into more traditional indigenous cultures of Ecuador. A visit to the market typically only takes a half day, and it’s often combined with other nearby attractions, such as Parque Condor, Laguna Cuicocha, Peguche Waterfall, or Cotacachi Market.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Otavalo Market is a must-visit for shopping lovers and first-time visitors to Quito.
  • Otavalo day trips from Quito typically last eight to 10 hours, depending on the option chosen.
  • Don’t forget to bring along cash in small denominations, and be prepared to haggle; the currency is the US dollar.
  • Bring your camera, but always ask before taking pictures.

How to Get There
While it’s possible to get to Otavalo from Quito by public bus (the journey takes about two hours), most travelers find it more convenient to visit as part of a guided tour with pickup and drop-off in Quito.

When to Get There
The market takes place daily, but Saturday is by far the biggest market day and the best time to visit for the largest selection of goods and liveliest atmosphere. Wednesday is the second-largest market day. Plan to arrive in the early morning, as vendors begin setting up around 6am.

What to Buy at Otavalo Market
The most popular items on offer at this craft market are hand-woven textiles, but silver jewelry, woven bracelets, Panama hats, wooden carvings, and traditional pan pipes are also available. Those planning to spend time in colder climes can pick up alpaca sweaters, gloves, ponchos, and scarves.
Address: Otavalo, Ecuador
Admission: Free
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Otavalo Marketplace with Optional Lunch

Take a road trip through Ecuador’s incredible landscapes on this Quito shopping tour. Stop en route to snap photos of stunning scenery as you make your way to Otavalo Market, where you will experience local shopping at its finest. Barter for handicrafts, interact with city-dwellers and walk away with handicrafts, produce and house wares from one of Quito’s most popular markets.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Otavalo Day Trip from Quito: Craft Market and Parque Condor

Escape the city and experience life in a traditional Andean town on this full-day tour of Otavalo from Quito, including lunch. Admire views of natural wonders like Imbabura Volcano and San Pablo Lake; marvel over birds of prey at Parque Condor; then discover Otavalo’s rich indigenous heritage. After lunch, browse the colorful handicrafts and herbal medicines on sale at Otavalo market, and perhaps buy some unique souvenirs to remember your trip. This small-group tour has a maximum of 12 people for a personalized experience.
  • Duration: 10 hours
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Private Day Tour: Otavalo Condor Park Plus Cotacachi or Peguche Waterfall

Maximise your time in Quito with a private full-day tour that checks off three of the capital’s most popular attractions. Take in the highlights of the UNESCO-listed historic center, walk along the Equator Line at the Intiñan museum; then marvel at the views from the Pululahua crater. Tour includes lunch, hotel pickup, and all activities.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Otavalo Indigenous Market Day Trip from Quito

Shop for one-of-a-kind souvenirs at an indigenous market and enjoy gorgeous scenery during this 8-hour trip to Otavalo Market from Quito. This fascinating market features a wealth of hand-made creations produced by local Andean communities, including textiles, leather goods and more. Enjoy sublime views of the Andes Mountains and San Pablo Lake during your drive to the site before hunting for souvenirs. On your way home, you can choose to visit Cotacachi, an artisan town famous for its leather goods, or Cuicocha Lake. Your shopping and scenery trip includes a guide, entrance fees, a snack, round-trip hotel transport and an upgrade with lunch.
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Private Otavalo and Cotacachi Day Trip from Quito

Explore the artisan towns of Cotacachi and Otavalo on this 8-hour private day trip from Quito. Travel in a private vehicle via the Pan-American highway, stopping at various lookout points and attractions along the way. Enjoy personalized attention from your private guide and a flexible itinerary. Pickup and drop-off at your Quito hotel included.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Full-Day Otavalo and Cotacachi Market Tour

Experience unique Ecuadorian culture on a full-day market tour to Otavalo and Cotacachi Market. Comfortable transportation will pick you and other group members up from two convenient Quito locations, before taking you to the Mazapan handicrafts market in Calderon.  A stop at the Otalvo market is the perfect opportunity for taking photos.  You’ll enjoy a hearty lunch in Cotacachi before exploring the natural area surrounding it.
  • Duration: 11 hours
  • Duration: 11 hours
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Private Tour to Otavalo & Surroundings

Imbabura or known as the Lakes Province is absolutely one of the favorite tours on visitor’s trips while in Ecuador. The main attraction is Otavalo Market. It is a massive Saturday crafts market (But there is a market every day too) – one of the biggest of South America! Tons of traditionally-attired Quechua locals take over the streets of the whole town center, selling beautiful artwork, handicrafts, livestock, and clothing, anything you can imagine! You will also LOVE the food at Cotacachi also known as the Leather Town, and all the great but cheap restaurants around town. The waterfall that after a short walk ,you will be impressed by its beauty .Finally amazing views of the Andes right above the volcanic crater. We invite you to join us to this very colorful tour with a local taste
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Otavalo Market and Laguna Cuicocha Full-Day Tour from Quito

Discover indigenous arts and local markets during this cultural tour of Otavalo Market and Laguna Cuicocha from Quito. Escape the city and journey into Ecuador's more rural hillsides as you follow your guide through some of the area's top cultural attractions.
  • Duration: 10 hours
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Otavalo Cayambe Equator Cuicocha Full-Day Cultural Trip

Get a taste for the indigenous culture and amazing scenery of Ecuador during this 10-hour trip covering variety of cultural and natural sights. Stop at a viewpoint with views of Cayambe and Cotopaxi, then check out the ‘Mitad del Mundo’ monument located directly on the earth’s equator. You’ll also explore Cuicocha Crater Lake, visit a local biscuit factory and go shopping at the indigenous markets at Otavalo and Cotacachi. This Ecuador sightseeing trip also includes lunch, a guide and round-trip transport from Quito.
  • Duration: 12 hours
  • Duration: 12 hours
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Otavalo tour from Quito visiting Quitsato, Indigenous Market, Peguche, Cuicocha

Combine culture with nature on this full-day tour of Otavalo Marketplace and Cuicocha Lagoon, ideal for first-time visitors with limited time in Ecuador. Departing Quito, you’ll travel to Otavalo Marketplace, one of Latin America’s largest markets, to browse stalls for colorful, artisan souvenirs. See, too, the Peguche Waterfall and Cuicocha Lagoon, on which you;ll enjoy a short boat ride.
  • Duration: 10 hours
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Ecuador Highlights in 10 Day

See the best of Ecuador on a 10-day trip from Quito to the Amazon, Baños, and Cuenca. Learn about Ecuador’s indigenous cultures and explore highlights such as the Otavalo Market, the Guango cloud forest reserve, the Chimborazo Volcano, and the Ingapirca Inca ruins. Travel by motorized canoe in the Amazon, hike to Ecuador’s highest waterfall, and ride the Devil’s Nose Train through the Andes.
  • Duration: 10 days
  • Duration: 10 days
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Otavalo, Cuicocha Lake and Cayambe Shared Day Tour from Quito

Discover Ecuador's vibrant cultural heritage, natural wonders, and Andean villages on this full-day tour from Quito. Admire traditional handicrafts at the legendary Otavalo Market, tour the Cayambe biscuit factory, visit the leather capital of Cotacachi, and marvel at Cuicocha Crater Lake. Lunch is included.
  • Duration: 12 hours
  • Duration: 12 hours
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Private Sightseeing Tour Otavalo and Surroundings

Don’t get lost in the crowd at Otavalo; let a private guide accompany you around the popular Otavalo Market. On this day trip from Quito, take your time shopping for leather goods and textiles before a visit to the nearby artisan towns of Peguche and Cotacachi. Aboard the comfort of a private vehicle you can relax with views of the Andean landscapes.
  • Duration: 8 to 9 hours
  • Duration: 8 to 9 hours
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6-Day Ecuador Andes and Amazon Multisport Adventure

Enjoy an action-packed adventure in the Andes and Amazon, hiking, rafting, biking and canyoneering along the way, during this 6-day, 5-night small-group expedition from Quito. This high-energy trip is chock-full of outdoor adventures set amidst the gorgeous scenery of Ecuador’s towering mountains and dense jungles. During your trip you’ll go canyoneering among waterfalls, hiking through the cloud forest, bike in Llanganates National Park and experience daily life for the country’s diverse indigenous communities. This incredible multi-sport adventure covers five nights of accommodations, meals, activities and gear and round-trip hotel transport.
  • Duration: 6 days
  • Duration: 6 days
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12-Day Private Tour Amazon Rainforest - Andes - Coast

Dive deep into the cities, nature, and culture of Ecuador on a private 12-day tour. The extensive itinerary is perfect for people who want to squeeze every moment out of their vacation time, but hate planning. Get a comprehensive overview of the three regions: the Amazon Rainforest, Andes, and the Coast. Highlights include Baños, Cotopaxi National Park, and the Devil's Nose Train to name just a few.
  • Duration: 12 days
  • Duration: 12 days
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Rose Plantation, Equator Line and Otavalo Market Private Tour

After pickup from Quito, you’ll take the picturesque route along the Panamerican highway.  This comprehensive tour ticks off both the popular and lesser-known Ecuadorian attractions.  With an expertly planned itinerary, you’ll visit a rose farm, Plaza de Ponchos, Quitsato’s sundial, and more in a single day.  Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant in Cotacachi village, which is also included in the tour.
  • Duration: 7 to 8 hours
  • Duration: 7 to 8 hours
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Otavalo Indian Market Private Tour

Set off on a day trip to Otavalo Market with a private guide. Skip the crowded public transit and enjoy the sights of the Pan-American highway from the comfort of your private vehicle.  Make stops at lesser known points of interest, including the foothills of Imbabura Volcano. Your tour of the Otavalvo Market can be customized to include a visit to Pecuche.
  • Duration: 7 to 8 hours
  • Duration: 7 to 8 hours
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Roses and Otavalo Indian Market Day Tour

Go out of the beaten path! Discover new and unknown attractions around Quito! Join us and enjoy memorable life experiences, exploring roses plantations, farmlands and Indian Communities! Discover the largest Indian Market of South America, and admire the majesty of a crater lake!
  • Duration: 8 to 9 hours
  • Duration: 8 to 9 hours
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Live Otavalo... Day trip between valleys and mountains, crafts and culture

I want to give you a family experience, I want to show you the place where I have grown up, where I have seen these wonderful landscapes and also where I have learned about other cultures, share my experience so that your visit is unforgettable, besides going by land is relaxing and safe .
  • Duration: 3 to 6 hours
  • Duration: 3 to 6 hours
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8-Day Ecuador Multisport Once in a Life Time

Challenge yourself and join this magical adventure in the Ecuadorian mainland, where the largest biodiversity on earth and the richest geography are located along the Equator line. Bike down the slopes of the eastern Andean Mountain Range with great views of Tungurahua active volcano, explore the colorful Andean fields, discover the hidden treasures by climbing up waterfalls in the Amazon rainforest, fight large waves by rafting on the Jatunyacu River, trek to the rim of Cuicocha Crater Lake and soak in Papallacta’s volcanic waters. Experience a fantastic cultural encounter with an indigenous family in the Amazon, learning about their customs, food, knowledge and life-style"Unique Experiences:" • Prepare chocolate the ancestral way with a native Kichwa family in the Amazon Rainforest • Stay with a Local Family 
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Duration: 8 days
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ECUADOR ANDEAN HIGHLIGHTS CULTURE & NATURE INMERSION TOUR 7 DAYS

Discover the secrets of the Ecuadorian Andes and cloud forest regions with a full-immersion in the cultural and natural wonders that make Ecuador one of the countries with the biggest biodiversity in the world.Enjoy waterfalls, butterflies, bird watching and chocolate making in the tropical paradise of Mindo, then take a spectacular drive through the cloud forest to reach the coffee valley of Intag, where you will visit a coffee plantation. Back to the highlands, visit Cuicocha crater-lake, the world-famous indigenous market of Otavalo and then live an unique experience sharing an organic lunch prepared side by side with local people in the very heart of the Andes."Unique Experiences:"Organic cooking lesson with traditional fresh ingredients, side by side with local people in the heart of the AndesTake a scenic drive in the valley of Intag and taste the organic fair-trade coffee produced in the area
  • Duration: 7 days
  • Duration: 7 days
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Private Tour Wine & Roses of Ecuador

Start and end in Quito! With the romantic tour Wine & Roses Tour Ecuador, you have a 3 day tour package taking you through Quito, Ecuador and 4 other destinations in Ecuador. Wine & Roses Tour Ecuador is a small group tour that includes an expert guide and more.This Tour fits perfectly for a Honey moon and Anniversary....
  • Duration: 3 days
  • Duration: 3 days
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5 Days Tour Ecuador Gateway

Ecuador and Its four worlds !! We invite you to experience several most visited attractions in the country . This a perfect gateway tour if you decide to take a vacation in Ecuador for 5 days.Quito with its history , Churches and the Equator Mindo with its exhuberant forest , hummingbirds , Orchids and waterfalls Otavalo with its remarkable Indian Market and the local Culture Papallacta a sacred paradise inside of an extinted volcano with its hotsprings , perfect for your total relax before you filght back home..
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Duration: 5 days
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2-Days Private Otavalo Indian Market Tour

Explore one of the most popular tourist destinations of Ecuador, and learn from the most representative indigenous ethnic group at the north of the country! Enjoy archaeological sites, farmlands, rose plantations, indian markets, weavers and amazing volcanoes!!!Discover the history and culture of Ecuador, from the comfort of a private tour..!
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Duration: 2 days
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