Otavalo Travel Guide
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- 98%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 98%Budget Travelers
- 98%Local Culture
- 75%Family Travelers
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- OtavaloMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 2Oct 16, 2013
Otavalo has one of the best-known and yes the best local crafts market in Equador. The town itself is full of artists and artisans. I remember a little shop full of amazing little creations of villages and people all made of colored dough. I bought a wonderful small oil painting of a mysterious night mountain scene in the local style. We met and thanked the artist, who sold it to use himself for a very very reasonable price. I still love looking at it, and it was easy to pack in my suitcase.Recommended for:
- OtavaloMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 4Jul 05, 2012
Ciudad indígena donde se destacan sus artesanías textiles y de madera y en especial el mercado en el centro que ofrece al visitante una gran variedad de objetos artesanales. Muy turística y tranquila
- OtavaloMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsBusiness TravelersGreen TravelersAdventure TravelersJul 04, 2012
In spite of it's overwhelming tourist draw, there's something about Otavalo that just captures my heart. It's the combination of locally unique, intriguing and dramatic elements that draw me in. The fine tradition of Otavaleño dress - the men, with their long braids and ponchos, the women with their distinctive blouses and necklaces. The emerald slopes of the monolithic Imbabura volcano dominating the horizon. The hustle and bustle of market-based tourist town, set to charming colonial-style homes and haciendas. And the agrarian yet somehow untamed environs - deep lakes, high Andean slopes, and rolling verdant hills that stretch as far as the eye can see. Yeah, I hate to admit loving something so "touristy", but I do. Otavalo is awesome.
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