We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Otavalo Market

Plaza de los Ponchos, Otavalo 100450, Ecuador
Book In Advance
More Info
and up
Otavalo Indigenous Market Day Trip from Quito
More Info
and up
Otavalo Day Trip from Quito: Craft Market and Parque Condor
More Info
and up
Otavalo Marketplace with Optional Lunch
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
This colorful Indian market takes place each Saturday and features some of the finest woven products in the region including ponchos, sweaters, wall hangings and shawls.
  • Excellent46%
  • Very good36%
  • Average14%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“for sale” (28 reviews)
“day trip” (33 reviews)
“walk away” (18 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
Plaza de los Ponchos, Otavalo 100450, Ecuador
Write a Review
Reviews (869)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 561 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This market is impressive in its scale and variety of offerings, and for those who like to browse and/or shop and don’t mind the crowds, it’s likely a wonderland. I personally find it a bit hard to navigate and prefer the smaller markets during the...More

Thank TVTrav
Reviewed 1 week ago

This market is just like other markets in Ecuador, Some toursity shops and some local shops, I was here on a saturday and the drive from Quito was nice, but to say you have to spend 4 hours in total on the road to see...More

Thank zimof1
Reviewed 1 week ago

I enjoyed this little market as well as the town itself. If you stop at the market, you can take time to explore the entire downtown area. It's just a few blocks to the main plaza and worth the walk. The market itself is enjoyable...More

Thank Anonymous925
Reviewed 1 week ago

Our party of four spent an hour or so weaving through the market stalls one afternoon when we were touring the countryside. The market is huge, dozens of stalls serving both locals purchasing basic items and also tourists. Many of the tourist stalls had authentic...More

Thank JPSF49
Reviewed 1 week ago

I love markets and this being the largest in South America, I was beyond excited to go! Saturday is their main day with Wed. being the second best day which was when I was there and, really, that was a good day as it probably...More

Thank tlynn63
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Otavalo market is known to be the biggest and most beautiful indigenous market in South America. Having traveled alsmost all countries on this continent I couldnt agree more. I visited the market on a Saturday with a guided tour feom Quito. This was a...More

Thank Denis S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We made a stop here as part of a Gate1 tour and were amazed as to the size and the offerings at this very colourful market. I truly enjoyed the traditionally clad locals selling everything under the sun such as textiles, jewelry, carvings etc but...More

Thank Patrick S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited on a Sunday and whilst there were lots of items to see most were quite similar. As another reviewer mentioned if you had been to Peru before (as we had) then the items become alot more similar. For those who haven't then it's...More

Thank Jason M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My partners and I were in Otavalo at the very start of our trip. Such a beautiful bright and colourful market, which was very quiet both days we went (weekdays). We wish we had of been able to return after seeing more of Ecuador as...More

1  Thank Rebecca W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Saturday is supposedly the big day for this market. We were there briefly at the end of the day and did, indeed, see all manner of items on sale - produce, animals and the obligatory array of colorful woven goods and clothing, jewelry, tourist collectibles....More

Thank vox69nn
Nearby Restaurants
La Cosecha Coffee
193 reviews
.06 km away
Balcon de Imbabura
126 reviews
.07 km away
Mi Otavalito
135 reviews
.17 km away
Daily Grind
145 reviews
.45 km away
Nearby Attractions
Plaza De Los Ponchos Mercado
139 reviews
.04 km away
Runa Tupari Native travel
24 reviews
.11 km away
Cava Caran - Beer Experience
18 reviews
.08 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
Sherry Q
12 October 2017|
AnswerShow all 6 answers
Response from Heart2Travel2 | Reviewed this property |
This is a good place to buy t-shirts. The quality is really good. The products are hit and miss and so are their prices. You have a better variety in Quito for jewelry. The alpaca sweaters and pottery are good. Bargain a... More
4 October 2017|
AnswerShow all 3 answers
Response from Whitechris1 | Reviewed this property |
The Cathedral La Matriz de Cotacachi is a great place to see but I too would have like to have spent more time in Otavalo. The leather artisans and goods were, for the most part, touristy, but there are some fantastic finds... More
5 March 2017|
Response from SUSAN F | Reviewed this property |
I don't know.