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Review of Otavalo Market

Otavalo Market
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Otavalo Marketplace with Optional Lunch
Ranked #1 of 36 things to do in Otavalo
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 3 May 2014

Based on guide books and reviews I was really looking forward to this trip. After a 4 hour ride (it only took 2 hours to get back) we arrived at the market. There was a lot of, imo, jjunk. One nice thing there though were llama scarves - warm, thick, non-shedding, and $6 a piece. Definitely bargain for what you want but also set limits and know exactly what your end product will be. I think that the places in Quito itself Mercado Les Artisaneles) has just as nice items and doesn't require a long trip. This is on my "wouldn't do it again" list.

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Reviewed 23 March 2014

Lots of vendors and variety. We made mistake of buying something right away by someone who approached us. Found that the other vendors are pleasant not in a hurry and happy to negotiate. We found 30% reductions in cost were not unheard of but be fair and don't insult. Scarves are beautifl and bought an unusual Amazon Jade turtle with some shopping and negotiating. Was easy as is all US Dollar for us anyway so no conversion

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Reviewed 23 March 2014

We stayed in Otavalo for almost a week and spent all day in the Saturday Market after hearing much about it. Perhaps our favorite part of the day was getting up early for the animal market - quite a sight with delicious food to complete the experience). The day market has everything you could possibly want for souvenirs. It is enormous and is quite the sight. However, we were around town a bit during the week as well and realized that while the market is much smaller, it is completely sufficient in size and variety of items for purchase - point being, don't worry about missing out on the huge Saturday market - there's plenty every day to make it worthwhile.

2  Thank Jason H
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Reviewed 11 March 2014

The Otavalo market is open every day - but Saturday is the biggest day. Blocks and blocks of street vendors and local artisan booths. Alpaca blankets, scarves, wall hangings, jewelry, paintings - you name it! You can spend hours just wandering around here - a great experience.

2  Thank Liz B
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Reviewed 9 March 2014

The market is strictly filled with tourist junk. Absolutely nothing that I would even take for free. Nothing that is handmade. UNLESS it is the Saturday market when all the locals bring in their produce, animals, etc., and one can actually see a true Ecuadorian market. However, if you don't have the opportunity to be there on Saturday, here is the solution. Walk up the main street, Sucre, about 5 blocks to the large plaza with a cathedral--parque Bolivar. We sat there and watched the interesting parade of people --almost 90% of the women in their traditional dress. Just going about their lives. As you face the cathedral, look to the right. There is a huge local market there --several streets filled with locals buying their lovely embroidered blouses, stalls of fruits and vegetables, meats (can be disgusting), eating at the food courts, selling rice, flour, corn, etc. A large warren of covered alleyways. We were the only tourists there. Quite fascinating. Get away from the plaza de panchos (such a tacky assortment of junk) and explore the real world of Ecuador just a few blocks away.

5  Thank travelgal5050
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