Otavalo Marketplace Tours

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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.
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Address: Otavalo, Ecuador
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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
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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
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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
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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: 9 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: 10 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
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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
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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: 1 day
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