Otovalo is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Ecuador due
to its traditional costumes and textile market.
the most popular town for tourists to visit in Ecuador.
The native people
of Otovalo wear their attractive traditional dress on a daily basis and
the textile market
is full of brightly-coloured, woven craftwork. The mountain
scenery adds a beautiful background to this typical highland market
weavings and textiles are sold in the busy tourist market at
Plaza de los Ponchos. Other crafts such as jewellry, musical
instruments, paintings and
woodcarvings are also on sale and are popular souvenirs.
is a rich and successful town which exports textiles all over the world.
traditional dress is not some
kind of show for the tourists,
is worn proudly by many members of the local community and
surrounding highland villages.
people of Otovalo are
known as Otovaleños, and have maintained more of their
cultural identity and traditional dress than most of the
native ethnic groups in Ecuador.
market day is Saturday, and the
town is busy with tourists,
and villagers from many local highland communities.
It is quieter during the rest of the week.
market is easily done as a daytrip from Quito.
about a 2 hour bus journey by public bus. You can organise an
Otovalo tour with any Quito travel agent. Tours often include
trips to nearby craft workshops, or natural highlights such as lakes or
waterfalls, as well as the indian market in the town itself.
is a good base for tours
and treks to waterfalls,
indian craft villages. Accommodation
in Otovalo is usually fully booked on Friday and Saturday nights, so
book your hostal or hotel in plenty of time if you
stay around market day.
Spanish Vocabulary for an excursion to Otovalo, Ecuador:
artesanías: handicrafts, craft
Destinations: Otovalo, a daytrip from Quito
Excursion to Otovalo for the textile market -
traditional handicrafts, indian weavings and toursist souvenirs.
Costumes of Ecuador: traditional dress
is regularly worn in Otovalo
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