Colourful textiles and handicrafts are the most notorious in this traditional town, where the Poncho Market takes place every Saturday.
Otavalo is probably the most traditional town in Ecuador. Indigenous population proudly maintain their connection to their ancestral roots and they’re not shy to show it. Most notably, you will see this in their dressing code and the long braided hair of its inhabitants, all part of the kichwa culture that is gladly not receding in this out-of-time city. Taita (Father in Kichwa) Imbabura and Mama Cotacachi watch over the town and with their beauty, reafirms the Otavaleño belief in the nature that surrounds and maintains them.
THE biggest indigenous market in Latinamerica
The Plaza de Ponchos is an everyday space for indigenous people to showcase their ability with textile production and their colourful designs, and on Saturdays it grows exponentially to engulf the streets that surround it with local merchants, musicians and street food vendors. It makes for an experience that will fill all of your senses for a good time to come. Remember to ask about real Alpaca products, they’re the softest!
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Plaza de Ponchos
This plaza is the scenario for the handicraft market of Otavalo, one of the biggest in South America. It happens everyday, but on Saturdays, market stalls are scattered all over the streets surrounding the plaza. It’s the place to find some souvenirs for friends, family and yourself. Don´t forget to bargain for a better price, and make sure you’re getting authentic alpaca wool!
This quiet town is very famous all over Ecuador for its good quality leather. You will find many shops selling different items like belts, jackets, bags, etc. The prices are much more convenient than what you may be used to.
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Best times to
As with most of Continental Ecuador, the climate in Otavalo is pleasant all year round, temperatures varying from 70 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit, with the wet season starting in February and ending in April. A good tip is to visit Otavalo during the Inty Raymi celebrations (an indigenous sun festival). The city will be most alive and festivals will have you dancing on the streets all day long.
HOW TO GET THERE
To get to Otavalo by bus from Quito, you will need to go to the Carcelen Bus Terminal, located north of the city. There, you will find buses which leave every 15 minutes. The drive takes around two and a half hours.
There are also some private services that can take you there, be sure to ask us about them.
For getting around the city, visitors can use public transportation such as buses. However these methods of transport are only available from 6 am to 8 pm. There are also taxi cabs that you can take and they’re not expensive. Also just walking is a fun way of seeing the town, just be careful of pickpocketers, especially around the more turistic areas.
WHERE TO STAY
Otavalo has a wide range of places to stay and every type of traveler is sure to find something to their liking. From whole luxury former haciendas to backpacker hostels, there’s something for every taste, it just depends on what you’re looking for.
Around the Plaza de Ponchos you will find several restaurants that cater to every taste from traditional ecuadorian food, to international and even vegan dishes!
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