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Otavalo Market

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The Basics

Otavalo Market is a popular day trip from Quito, as a visit to Otavalo and the surrounding area offers a window into more traditional indigenous cultures of Ecuador. A visit to the market typically only takes a half day, and it’s often combined with other nearby attractions, such as Parque Condor, Laguna Cuicocha, Peguche Waterfall, or Cotacachi Market.

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Otavalo Tour from Quito Visiting Cayambe, Indigenous Market, Small groups

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Otavalo Tour from Quito Visiting Cayambe, Indigenous Market, Small groups
$71.10 per adult
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Highly Recommend Otovalo Tour
The Otovalo Tour was wonderful! Daniel was a great tour guide, providing information in English and Spanish. It was just the right amount of tour and self-guided time. We learned a lot and were able to do so much in one day without feeling rushed. This is a great value tour. Highly recommended!
Emilia_M, Mar 2020

Recent reviews from experiences in Quito

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Super recomended!!
David_F, Jun 2021
Free time in Quito? Lets go to Otavalo in one day!
Great choice the tour with Daniel!! He is super charming and confidence, in addition to his wide knowledge and experience. I felt really lucky sharing this tour with him!!
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Really fun time around Quito
Ronald_D, Mar 2021
Rose Plantation, Equator Line and Otavalo Market Private Tour
Super fun time. The guide was exceptional. He was great, with a cool sense of humor. He took us to all the spots we wanted to see, plus a couple extras we really enjoyed. We met the owner. And, he was awesome as well. This is a quality tour!!
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Great time in Otavalo.
LVR, Feb 2020
Otavalo Tour from Quito Visiting Cayambe, Indigenous Market, Small groups
Erica and Nixon were great. Erica's knowledge of the places we visited made the tour a great experience. Would highly recommend this tour.
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Great day
Vanessa_T, Feb 2020
Otavalo, Cuicocha Lake and Cayambe Shared Day Tour from Quito
I really enjoyed this tour. The guide gave us a lot of good information about Ecuador's history. The 1h30 spent in otavalo was enough. Wish we would of spent more time at cuicocha lake (although it was super cloudy that day so we didn't see much ). Lunch was also delicious.
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Otavalo Market, Peguche falls, Quicocha lagoon.
MariaFrancisco, Feb 2020
Otavalo Tour from Quito Visiting Cayambe, Indigenous Market, Small groups
My significant other and I enjoyed our tour with Erica. Erica provided a wonderful, well-rounded experience for such a short period of time. She is unforgettably bubbly and witty.
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Otavalo
nedbandojo, Jan 2020
Otavalo, Cotacachi and Cuicocha Tour With Optional Hotel Pick-Up - "Small Group"
I thought the market will not have as much sellers, as I went on a Tuesday (which is a non-peak day), but it seemed complete with not so many buyers. Perfect if you want to avoid the stress of an over-crowded area! 🙂 Cotocachi was fantastic which even had a short yet scenic hike! Thanks Heidi for being a wonderful guide!
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Great time in Otavalo
allisonlanglois, Feb 2020
Otavalo, Cuicocha Lake and Cayambe Shared Day Tour from Quito
Wonderful day. We had a bit of a time trying to find the meeting point, but after we got past that our day was great. The guide was wonderful. He was very knowledgeable and gave us a lot of information about each site. We had plenty of time to enjoy each site and do some shopping and enjoy the cultural sites. The food was wonderful. We had a really great time. We saw many sites this day including Cayambe, Equator site, Cuicocha Lake, Cotocachi, Otavalo, and a few bathroom and food breaks were we got to see an alpaca and llama.
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Shopping in Otavalo Market was great fun and had a delicious trout lunch there .
Debj-russ, Feb 2020
Otavalo Tour from Quito Visiting Cayambe, Indigenous Market, Small groups
This tour is great because you get to see a lot of sights in one day . Guide was very friendly and explained a lot of information and was very helpful so made our day out great .
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Nice tour, nice guide!!!
laumora10, Jan 2020
Otavalo Tour from Quito Visiting Cayambe, Indigenous Market, Small groups
This tour is really good. Totally worth it! We visited all the places described, in food time. The driver and the guide were very friendly and helpful! Highly recommended
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Great tour to start your visit in Quito
KatiaPochet, Dec 2019
Otavalo Tour from Quito Visiting Cayambe, Indigenous Market, Small groups
This is a great tour to get to know Quito. Our guide, David, and our driver, were knowledgeable and polite and the trip was delighttful
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A great day at 10,000 Feet
Mark v, Jan 2020
Otavalo, Cuicocha Lake and Cayambe Shared Day Tour from Quito
It was a great day getting out of Quito to see some more of Ecuador. You would think the 9,000 feet of Quito was high enough but on this day we went higher. A nice small group of Brazilians, a Chilean and a couple from Austria, with guide Patrice and driver Luis. The small village of Cayambe gave us a chance for some morning coffee , sample some of legendary Cacao and get ready for the day to come. A quick stop at the equator followed, gotta get the feet on both sides picture then on to Otavalo and the local market for some serious haggling with the local market vendors. They were tough on the price but fun. We then moved on to Cuicocha Lake one of the many mountain volcanic lakes of Ecuador. The climb of about 15 minutes was doable for all ages. Our day ended with a nice lunch in the city of Cotopaxi. Pork, chicken and fish were the options. In the background of each location were mountain peaks and volcanoes. It was a warm day and the scenery as green as can be. It was then back to Quito just in time for evening traffic. It seems that day trips no matter the place in the world end up like this. Lots of time in the van, often time uncomfortable and little or as in this case no air conditioning. But traveling with a small group I feel is the way to go and if you sign up for a 10 hour trip you kind of know what you are buying into. All and thanks to Patrice and Luis for a great day in the spectacular volcanic highlands of Ecuador.
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Great Day Trip
Katey B, Dec 2019
Otavalo Tour from Quito Visiting Cayambe, Indigenous Market, Small groups
The bus was comfortable. Everything was on time. We spent two hours at the market which is plenty of time. 100% would recommend this tour.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Otavalo Market is a must-visit for shopping lovers and first-time visitors to Quito.

  • Otavalo day trips from Quito typically last eight to 10 hours, depending on the option chosen.

  • Don’t forget to bring along cash in small denominations, and be prepared to haggle; the currency is the US dollar.

  • Bring your camera, but always ask before taking pictures.

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How to Get There

While it’s possible to get to Otavalo from Quito by public bus (the journey takes about two hours), most travelers find it more convenient to visit as part of a guided tour with pickup and drop-off in Quito.

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When to Get There

The market takes place daily, but Saturday is by far the biggest market day and the best time to visit for the largest selection of goods and liveliest atmosphere. Wednesday is the second-largest market day. Plan to arrive in the early morning, as vendors begin setting up around 6am.

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What to Buy at Otavalo Market

The most popular items on offer at this craft market are hand-woven textiles, but silver jewelry, woven bracelets, Panama hats, wooden carvings, and traditional pan pipes are also available. Those planning to spend time in colder climes can pick up alpaca sweaters, gloves, ponchos, and scarves.

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