Otavalo Market

Where Culture and Color Collide

Otavaleños (people from Otavalo) have embraced western tourism while maintaining strong ties to their cultural roots.

Culture and commerce converge at the Otavalo market.
Culture and commerce converge at the Otavalo market.

A visit to the Otavalo open-air market is a trip into the past set in the present. The insanely colorful textiles and detailed craft pieces can be mesmerizing.

Experience the colors and culture of the Otavaleños.
Experience the colors and culture of the Otavaleños.

In the afternoon you can hike along Lake Cuicocha which is embedded in a crater and flanked by the Cotacachi volcano.

Cuicocha lake with Cotacachi volcano lurking in the distance.
Cuicocha lake with Cotacachi volcano lurking in the distance.

Birds eye view of the Otavalo market main square.

Varieties of color on display is the norm in Otavalo.

Wander through the vibrant textiles of the Otavalo market.

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