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    Barbara Kossy
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    5 Oct 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.

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    Claudia Tóvar Robles
    5 Dec 27, 2012

    a beautiful market but you got to be there on the weekend other wise you will feel there is something missing.

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    Juan Wills
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    4 Jul 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

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    Danna Katzman
    5 Jul 04, 2012

    Ecuador is one of my favorite countries, and Otavalo is one of my favorite cities. There is a fabulous craft market and if you're an early riser, check out the animal market. Haven't been there in many years, but I can't wait to go back!

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    Arlo Hemphill
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    4 Jul 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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    Monica Irauzqui
    4 Jul 04, 2012

    Nice market to visit, do a tour and visit other villages on the way. Stay at a Hacienda near by, there are a few really nice ones. Go with a guide as there can be a bit of petty crime.

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    Wendy van Driel
    5 Jul 04, 2012

    beautiful surroundings, endless walks in nature and a large market for souvenir shopping...

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    5 Aug 08, 2012
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4.5 out of 5
8 members' reviews
3,750 people visited Otavalo

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Each Saturday, a lively market of Otavaleño indigenous artisans transforms this otherwise quiet provincial town into what has become one of Ecuador's most popular tourist attractions. Everything from textiles, to leather work, tagua nut jewelry, musical instruments and ceramics can be bartered, browsed and purchased along Otavalo's narrow, colonial streets. Surrounded by picturesque mountain lakes ... read more
and set in the shadow of the towering Imbabura volcano, Otavalo is gifted with a pleasant Andean climate and breath-taking natural surroundings. The epicenter of Otavalo's handicraft trade can be found at the Plaza de Ponchos, a colorful and chaotic labyrinth of traditional weavings operated by a marketing savvy collection of traditional people. Sample the locro de papa (a local potato soup) amidst an ambiance set to Andean folk musicians. While near enough to Quito for a day trip, be sure to take time to explore nearby villages as each is characterized with a distinct handicraft specialty.

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