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Otavalo Market

Plaza de los Ponchos, Otavalo 100450, Ecuador
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This colorful Indian market takes place each Saturday and features some of the finest woven products in the region including ponchos, sweaters, wall hangings and shawls.
  • Excellent46%
  • Very good36%
  • Average14%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“day trip” (32 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
Plaza de los Ponchos, Otavalo 100450, Ecuador
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We went on a Sunday in October 2017. (This market is supposedly best on Saturdays.) We were ready to go after 30 minutes. Yes, there were lots of woven goods and jewelry and such, but it seemed like a lot of similar stuff at most...More

Thank carol h
Reviewed 3 days ago

A fabulous array of locally made crafts. I could have stayed for hours just browsing and could have spent a lot of money if only d had the space in my suitcase to carry everything home!

Thank Katrina H
Reviewed 1 week ago

I visited the Otavalo Market on a school trip and it was one of my favorite places of the trip. The prices of the items are really good and sellers are really good at lowering prices. There's also ATMs really close by which was very...More

Thank Kaitlyn M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Some people come complaining here like as if they've never been to an artisan market. Yes it'll be repetitive cuz guess what ?--tourists and people buying these souvenirs sometimes want the same thing and so the vendors cater to that. Also these are vendors that...More

Thank Josselyn A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Fun place to bargain... but we need ere told not to buy things in Peru or other areas in Ecuador... wait til you got to Otavolo at the end of our trip...WRONG! Regret not buy many quality items I wanted along the way because this...More

Thank TravelnutNewMexico
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Well worth making the effort to get here. We aimed for the full market which included animal sales - probably not to everyone's taste! Enormous range and variety of South American goods for sale, yet the prices were reasonable. The market was safe to visit...More

Thank pete t
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is something you have to see personally. It is very difficult to describe the atmosphere, especially pn Saturday morning, when many streets are nice and colourful overcrowded!

Thank Marie L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The artesanal market is open on saturday (main day) maybe until 4pm and then the shops start to close. Saturday is the biggest market day, the other days it's just on the plaza. The main attraction must be the animal market only on Saturday which...More

Thank Raephels
Reviewed 12 September 2017

It is a fun place to visit especially on market day. However, many items can be bought in multiples for the same place as the market if you walk around nearby wholesalers in neighbouring streets. Whatever you do, bargain and negotiate.

Thank ameliashiner
Reviewed 4 September 2017

The market is full of hand-made, quality goods that truly can be picked up for a really reasonable price. It's a fun time to barter with the sellers and a good opportunity to work on your Spanish. You can get pretty much anything from the...More

Thank cbun08
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Sherry Q
12 October 2017|
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Response from Heart2Travel2 | Reviewed this property |
This is a good place to buy t-shirts. The quality is really good. The products are hit and miss and so are their prices. You have a better variety in Quito for jewelry. The alpaca sweaters and pottery are good. Bargain a... More
4 October 2017|
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Response from Whitechris1 | Reviewed this property |
The Cathedral La Matriz de Cotacachi is a great place to see but I too would have like to have spent more time in Otavalo. The leather artisans and goods were, for the most part, touristy, but there are some fantastic finds... More
5 March 2017|
Response from SUSAN F | Reviewed this property |
I don't know.