Otavalo Market 1 Day
Activities: Walking and Learning
Otavalo Market 1 Day
The Otavalo Market is one of Ecuador’s most famous Touristic features, not only for the beauty of the landscapes but also for the Indigenous Community that leaves here: The Otavaleños, a very prosperous community of skilled textile weavers , they are known for their hard work and for being proud of their cultural heritage, their way of life, traditions and the clothing have not changed through the years. You can find their beautiful handcrafts at the Famous Otavalo Market at “La Plaza de los Ponchos”. The Otavalo market is most popular on Saturdays; however, it is open every day. Otavalo is surrounded by beautiful landscapes with many lakes, impressive volcanoes and natural reserves.
Important Note: Due to infrastructural works on the highway that connects Quito to Otavalo traffic has increased and there may be delays.
- Bargain for beautiful handicrafts, ponchos, and tapestries at Ecuador’s most famous market.
- Learn the history of the Otavaleños and Ecuador’s northern Andes from your guide.
- Enjoy a delicious traditional lunch at a nearby rural hacienda.
We head north in the morning for a scenic, two-hour drive from Quito to Otavalo. The road passes through a stunning Andean landscape, and if the weather is good, we will enjoy beautiful views of several volcanoes, including Cayambe, Ecuador’s third tallest, known as “the mountain of light” for its brilliant glacier. We make a few stops along the way, including the town of Calderon, famous for its bread figurines, the town of Cayambe for up-close views of the volcano, and the original Equatorial monument. The Otavalo Market is considered one of the largest and most important indigenous markets in South America. The locals are best known for their masterful weaving and embroidery, so textiles are the star of the show here, with a seemingly endless variety of colorful blankets, ponchos, sweaters, shirts, tapestries, tablecloths, and more. Of course, there is much more than just textiles. Other popular handicrafts include paintings, Panama hats, ceramics, leather goods, carvings, and much more. We have plenty of time to stroll through the market, shopping and testing our will against the famed bargaining skills of the Otavaleños. We stop for lunch at a colonial Hacienda before making our way back to Quito in the afternoon.
Included: Private Transportation, Bilingual Guide (English-Spanish), Lunch at local Hacienda or Hosteria
Not Included: Beverages at restaurant