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  • Address: Otavalo, Ecuador
  • Hours: Open daily
  • Admission: Free

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Otavalo Marketplace

Nestled in a valley at the foot of a volcano, Otavalo is a highland community of indigenous locals famed for their weaving skills and colorful textiles. The local people (Otavaleños) who sell their wares at the daily market, wear traditional clothing and have maintained their culture, costume and identity.

Saturday is the main market day in Otavalo but a weekday visit will be less hectic and provide more opportunity for some serious browsing. Within the market you’ll find traditional crafts, brightly-colored textiles and traditional weaving designs plus some musical instruments and carvings.

Even if souvenir shopping isn't your thing, Otavalo market is a popular day trip from Quito, and a visit to Otavalo and the surrounding area is a window into the world of some of the more traditional indigenous peoples of Ecuador.

Practical Info

Some visitors opt for an overnight stay in Otavalo as there are plenty of natural attractions nearby and opportunities to visit traditional craft villages. If you are traveling independently and planning an overnight stay, you will need to book in advance on the weekend when the market is at its busiest.

Otavalo market is about 2 hours by bus from the Terminal Terrestre Carcelen in Quito’s north. Alternatively tours are easily arranged in Quito.

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Otavalo Day Trip from Quito: Craft Market and Parque Condor, Quito, null
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Otavalo Day Trip from Quito: Craft Market and Parque Condor

4.5 star rating: Recommended 60 Reviews

Discover the natural and cultural beauty of Otavalo, a town in northern Ecuador surrounded by dormant volcanoes and famous for its excellent handicraft market. ...  Read more

Location: Quito, Ecuador
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $154.99
Otavalo Indigenous Market Day Trip from Quito, Quito, Cultural Tours
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Otavalo Indigenous Market Day Trip from Quito

4 star rating: Recommended 8 Reviews

Enjoy a private day trip to visit the Otavalo market and learn all about the culturally rich indigenous communities. Admire the Andes on your drive there and ...  Read more

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

From USD $64.00
Otavalo Market and Laguna Cuicocha Full-Day Tour from Quito, Quito, Day Trips
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Otavalo Market and Laguna Cuicocha Full-Day Tour from Quito

4.5 star rating: Recommended 54 Reviews

The Otavalo cultural tour is a wonderful way to discover and combine the famous artisan indigenous market in Ecuador with some of the most amazing views ...  Read more

Location: Quito, Ecuador
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $66.00
Otavalo Marketplace with Optional Lunch, Quito, Full-day Tours
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Otavalo Marketplace with Optional Lunch

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Take a drive through Ecuador's breathtaking scenery, stopping along the way to take photos and soak up the truly amazing and diverse landscapes! Head for ...  Read more

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

From USD $55.79
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Private Tour: Otavalo and Cotacachi Day Trip from Quito, Quito, Shopping Tours
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Private Tour: Otavalo and Cotacachi Day Trip from Quito

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Departure from Quito at 8:00am by the way "Pan-Americana Norte" with a brief stop Guayllabamba where you can taste the "custard apple/ ...  Read more

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

From USD $99.00
Otavalo Cayambe Equator Cuicocha Full-Day Cultural Trip, Quito, Private Day Trips
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Otavalo Cayambe Equator Cuicocha Full-Day Cultural Trip

4.5 star rating: Recommended 48 Reviews

Enjoy a full-day cultural tour with English-speaking guide. Combine the famous indigenous market in Ecuador along with seeing some of the interesting locations ...  Read more

Location: Quito, Ecuador
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $62.50
Otavalo Tour full day, Quito, Day Trips
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Otavalo Tour full day

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Visit the main attractions of Imbabura; the Solar Clock Quitsato in Cayambe, Otavalo Market - the largest indigenous market in South America- which is a great ...  Read more

Location: Quito, Ecuador
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $60.00
Otavalo, Cuicocha Lake and Cayambe Shared Day Tour from Quito, Quito, Day Trips
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Otavalo, Cuicocha Lake and Cayambe Shared Day Tour from Quito

Otavalo is the handicraft capital of Ecuador. A beautiful and vigorous city. Home of a large indigenous population, located in the Imbabura Province. Join this ...  Read more

Location: Quito, Ecuador
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $64.01

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