The indigenous Otavaleños are famous for weaving textiles, usually made of wool (that is sometimes as black as a raven), which are sold at the famous Saturday market. Although the largest market is on Saturday, there is a very wide range of wares available throughout the week in the Plaza de los Ponchos, and the many local shops. The shops sell textiles such as handmade blankets, tablecloths, and much more. The Otavalo market consists of mushroom-shaped concrete umbrellas with benches. The market was designed and built in 1970 by Dutch architect Tonny Zwollo.
During the market’s peak, almost one third of the town becomes full of stalls selling textiles, tagua nut jewelry, musical instruments, dream catchers, leather goods, fake shrunken heads, indigenous costumes, hand-painted platters and trays, purses, clothing, spices, raw foods and spools of wool. As the city has become more of a tourist attraction, many of the goods sold in the markets are mass-produced in nearby factories and sold in the market by middle-men. More artisan products can be purchased in neighboring communities or at the Museo Viviente Otavalango.
– Depart the hotel at 7:30 am
– Stop at “Hoja Verde Gourmet” chocolate and coffee Factory
– Guided visit to a rose plantation
– Stop at “Plaza de los Ponchos” and lunch
– Scenic road to visit to Cotacachi “leather market” and lake Cuicocha
– Back to the hotel at approximately 7:30pm
PRICE: USD $160.00 (tax included, max. 6 people)
Wear warm clothes, comfortable walking shoes and hat or baseball cap.
Not included: Tour guide, food and beverages, Fees for activities and entrances.