Welcome to Otavalo and its famous Indigenous Market that is one of the biggest of South America. Otavalo Market Ecuador and its indigenous “Otavaleños” are famous for weaving textiles, usually made of wool which are sold the Saturday but also during all the week.
The biggest market is on Saturday in the “Plaza de los Ponchos“, and there are many local shops selling textiles such as Ponchos, handmade Alpaca blankets, tablecloths, hats … as the influence of their crafts has made them famous out of the country since the 80s you ca currently find people form Otavalo for almost all continents exposing crafts, music and culture, the best way for them to work outside of Ecuador.
Otavalo Market Ecuador
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The “Fiesta del Yamor” is the main festival in Otavalo, this celebration originated in ancient times and involved in their celebration of “yamor chicha” alcoholic beverage made on 7 varieties of corn, the local cuisine represented by the “Tortillas de Papa” (fried mashed potatoes), “Fritada” (fried pig) and “Empanadas” (stuffed bread or pastry baked or fried).
In Otavalo you can find the beautiful Church “Iglesia de el Jordan” that you will find between the streets “Calle Roca y Abdón Calderón” just ask there, and the people will explain you how to reach it. And we’ll also give you the streets to get to the Centenary Market in the Place “Plaza de los Ponchos” that is located between “Calle Sucre y Salinas”.
Only 15 minutes from Otavalo Market Ecuador you can find the “Peguche Waterfalls” that you reach by a wonderful trail through the eucalyptus forest near the community. The community has worked hard to create an attractive and informative way to reach the sacred waterfall. In the way to Pedro Moncayo (17km from Otavalo) it’s perhaps one of the most beautiful scenery of Otavalo, the Lagoons “Lagunas de Mojanda” that are surrounded by remnants of native grasslands and forests that maintain a representative biodiversity of northern Andean. The Lake “Lago San Pablo” is a beautiful spring of water guarded by the Imbabura volcano and is located just 5 minutes from Otavalo. It is the largest lake in the province. Indigenous go fishing early in the morning in canoes and take a bath and wash their clothes on the banks of the lake during the day.
Otavalo Market Ecuador
by Travel2South Guide