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Most famous for its daily market, Otavalo is a friendly town that has been a crossroads in the Andes since Pre-Inca times. In its evolution the town and the market has gone from a place where jungle traders used to travel to on foot to a place where tourists from around the world crowd on buses to get here from Quito in time for the highly anticipated Saturday market. Surrounded by the beautiful peaks of the Inbabura it’s a great place to visit and buy local souvenirs and gifts.

The ladies of Otalavo are very distinctive and traditionally wear white embroidered blouses that flare out on the sleeve. They wear strings of gold beads whilst the men wear white trousers and blue ponchos. The Otalavo people have a warm and friendly personality and are very proud of their heritage.

Apart from markets there are a number of other reasons to visit here. About 15 minutes walk from town sits the Museo del Pueblo Kichwa, this disused textile factory and hacienda has been reopened as a living history and cultural museum. This is a great place to learn about the history of textiles and the customs of the local area. Lakes, mountains and hot springs are in abundance here and it is possible to visit Cuicocha Lake, the Chachimbiro hot springs and the Peguche Waterfall.

To get you started with planning your holiday to Otavalo, we have showcased below some popular itineraries requested by our clients which we hope will inspire your visit to Ecuador

The Amazon | South America
Ecuador Explorer
13 days FROM $1,899

Discover the highlights of Ecuador with this tour that takes you from the dizzy heights of Quito, through colourful Indian market towns and gorgeous countryside, to the Amazon rainforest and back again.

By the coast in Peru | South America
Quito to Coast
17 Days FROM $2,149

From the capital of Peru, through the searing northern Peruvian desert, into the dense Amazon rainforest. Into the lush green valleys of the Ecuadorian Andes mountains, this great trip has it all for those interested in natural beauty and the history before the Incas and Spaniards!

The Amazon | South America
Journey to the Equator
37 days FROM $6,439

Journey through some of the world’s most spectacular scenery as we explore the highlights of Peru and end in Bolivia’s beautiful capital. Experience the Amazon Jungle and Lake Titicaca, and hike the legendary Inca Trail. Visit one of the deepest canyons in the world and the remarkable desert etchings of Nazca.

Driving up to one of Ecuador's beautiful volcanoes on a n Ecuador Tour
Avenue of the Volcanoes
13 days FROM $5,669

Discover the heart of the Ecuadorian Andes with this adventure from colonial Quito to coastal Guayaquil taking in the market town of Otavalo, impressive Cotopaxi National Park and its snow-capped volcanoes, the glittering Quilotoa crater, gorgeous Cuenca and a thrilling ride on the ‘Devil’s Nose’ train.

The Galapagos Islands | Ecuador | South America
Wilds of Ecuador
16 days FROM $8,999

Embark on an incredible adventure through the wilds of Ecuador from the lush Amazon rainforest to the volcanic islands of the Galápagos, teeming with endemic species. Explore colonial Quito, cross the Equator, shop till you drop at Otavalo market and soak up the grandeur of Cuenca.

Tailormade Holidays to Otavalo

On the Go are expert at planning holidays in Ecuador — tailored to suit your individual requirements. Please have a look at some of the tailormade itineraries below that we have created for our clients which include Otavalo.

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