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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
Otavalo Tour from Quito Visiting Cayambe, Indigenous Market, Small groups
$79.00 per adult
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Awesome and fabulous!
Fabulous tour! Our driver Marlon and guide Diana were friendly and knowledgeable and we had a lot of fun! Highly recommend this tour, especially to see something other than Quito!
Janet_D, Sep 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Quito

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Amazing experience with cultural immersion
raqhtheworld, Sep 2021
Otavalo Tour from Quito Visiting Cayambe, Indigenous Market, Small groups
This was an amazing tour of Octavalo where we were able to immerse with the local culture and see Ecuador in a completely new way. All 4 of us heavily enjoyed meeting the locals, learning about the culture, and our guide was fun and energetic. It was a perfect day and included roundtrip transportation as well. We even stopped for lunch once we arrived to the market so we could eat and talk together! Please book you won't be disappointed :)
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Excellent!
Steven_D, Jul 2021
Otavalo Tour from Quito Visiting Cayambe, Indigenous Market, Small groups
Erica was very knowledgeable about Ecuador, and answered all of our questions about the culture, history, and food. The sights were incredible, the market was amazing, and we really enjoyed seeing the demonstrations of traditional, indigenous textiles being made. The pickup/drop off was on time, and we really got to see a lot of the Ecuadorian countryside we otherwise would have missed. I highly recommend this tour for anyone visiting Quito. It exceeded all of our expectations!
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A wonderful tour!!
Rachel_L, Jul 2021
Otavalo Market and Laguna Cuicocha Full-Day Tour from Quito
We had a wonderful time on this tour!! Instructions were clear on meeting points since the tour was public. We had the best tour guides, Carlos and Alejandro!!! They were so nice, knowledgeable and such positive energy!! We went to the Laguna Cuicocha, the markets and the Middle of the World! Each spot on the tour was informational and exciting! Lunch was delicious and good options for vegetarians which I appreciated! 10/10 would do again!!
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Super recomended!!
David_F, Jun 2021
Day off in Quito? Lets go to Otavalo indigenous artisan market!
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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Fun day shopping
sjori, Sep 2021
Full-Day Tour Otavalo Market, Peguche Workshops, and Cuicocha Lagoon.
This was different than I expected, our guide and driver were awesome and we had a beautifully clear day to see all the Volcanos. They took us first to a nicer shop to see the process of making some of the tapestries and the shop had excellent quality goods. Then we headed to the market which we went on a Saturday so it was huge. We gave our kid (10 & 12) some cash and they had a blast shopping. We then went to another area for lunch which was excellent. This area is known for its leather goods which shops had some really good stuff.
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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 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
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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Highly Recommend Otovalo Tour
Emilia_M, Mar 2020
Otavalo Tour from Quito Visiting Cayambe, Indigenous Market, Small groups
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!
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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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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.

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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