Ecuador
Home > South America > Ecuador > Andes > Northern Andes > Otavalo
Page Rating
Content Quality:

Page Importance:
Author Pick:
Close Map

Book a Hotel or Hostel

Hotels Hostels & Budget
Country

City

Check in Date

Check out Date

Number of Rooms
Adults
Children



Top Ecuador
Contributors

Otavalo

Altitude: 2,530 meters (8,300 ft)

Population: 43,000

Phone Code: 06

Set in a valley a couple of hours north of Quito, Otavalo is at the top of any traveler's must-see list. It is famous for its weekly market, reportedly the largest of its kind in Latin America, where one can find an overwhelming variety of Andean crafts. Every Saturday from about 7 a.m., the local craftsmen pour into the town and unfold their wares along Plaza de Ponchos and in the surrounding streets. The whole area explodes into a hodgepodge of colorful rugs, clothes, paintings and other crafts. There is also a chaotic early Saturday morning animal market which is well worth a visit.

During the week Otavalo is a sleepy little town, which can be hard to believe if you've seen it during Saturday's mid-market frenzy. But rest assured you'll find something regardless, for there's always a number of market stalls in the Plaza de Ponchos.

Architecturally speaking, Otavalo is relatively modern (if you count 1960's and 70's vintage cinder block as modern), although there are a few colonial buildings left, mainly at the southern end of town around the Plaza Bol├şvar. There are also a couple of museums that are worth a peek. Nightlife is virtually nonexistent during the week, but come the weekend a healthy number of venues open up, particularly traditional Pe├▒as that play live Andean music.

Despite its quietness - or perhaps because of it - many travelers opt for an extended stay here, often to study spanish, volunteer for a few weeks, or explore the surrounding area with its lakes, waterfalls and ancient Inca trails that weave in and out of the mountains.

Neighborhoods in Otavalo: Iruguincho, Cuicocha Lake, Iluman, Around Otavalo,

Other places nearby Otavalo: Salinas Valley, La Esperanza , Tulcán, Cahuasqui, Lago San Pablo, Peguche, El Ángel, Oyacachi, Quito and Agato.







18 Mar 2013




18 Mar 2013




18 Mar 2013




18 Mar 2013




18 Mar 2013




18 Mar 2013




18 Mar 2013

Ecuador and Custom Galapagos Tours
Live a great vacation in a small country that has it all.
www.andeandiscovery.com

Stay Warm: Top Hotels Around Otavalo

Runa Tupari

110464Runa Tupari is a community operation run by UNORCAC- an organization representing the rural indigenous people of Cotacachi. The establishment is located in the rural Cotacachi area near the ...
Hotel

La Luna

Perched up in the quiet hills a few miles south of Otavalo, La Luna feels like a home away from home and is an excellent choice for backpackers who want to chill out for a few days. Depending on your ...
Hotel
Around Otavalo, Otavalo, Ecuador

Ali Shungu

HIDDEN OCT 2012 NO LONGER IN BUSINESS (Is now La Posada del Quinde) Margaret and Frank, the American owners, have done a fabulous job in decorating the hotel with wonderful handicrafts from Ecuador, ...
Hotel

Las Palmeras Inn

Las Palmeras is a 150-year old hacienda just a few minutes outside of Otavalo. The establishment, set in gorgeously landscaped gardens, has spectacular views of Imbabura and Cotocachi Volcanoes. Most ...
Hotel
Around Otavalo, Otavalo, Ecuador

Hacienda Pinsaqui

Located between the market towns of Otavalo, Cotacachi and San Antonio de Ibarra, Pinsaqui is the perfect place to come to to visit the markets while enjoying the comfort of one of the most beautiful ...
Hotel
Around Otavalo, Otavalo, Ecuador

Shopping in Otavalo

Otavalo's Markets

101624The Otavale├▒os have been long renowned for their weaving skills, and over the last few decades have become the most successful indigenous group on the continent, thanks to the popularity of their ...
Market, Info.
Otavalo, Ecuador

Otavalo Festivals

Mapa
View Otavalo Map
+ VIVA on Google +




South America | Central America and Mexico | Antarctica |
Advertise | Anúnciese | Jobs | Alliances | Alianzas | Terms of Use | Contact Us | About Us | Blog | Administradores |
You must register as an owner for access to these listing tools and benefits.

Notification of new reviews: receive your latest reviews by e-mail

Customized request-a-review link: encourage guests to spread the word about your property

Our owners' newsletter: stay informed about our latest tools and benefits for you

User login

Enter your username and password here in order to log into the website:

Login
 

Create a new V!VA account

Forgot Password