Otavalo Market

Otavalo Market

Located in the Andean highlands in northern Ecuador, the town of Otavalo is known for one of the most important markets in the region; an outdoor market that’s the largest on the continent and one that’s been going strong for centuries.

Come on a Saturday and the centre of town transforms into a throbbing extravaganza of people and multi-colour, with seemingly endless stalls branching in all directions from Plaza de los Ponchos.

Hoards of tourists swarm the market on Saturday mornings, especially day-trippers from Quito, but if you want to avoid the visitor crowds – do what we did. Spend Friday night in Otavalo.

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