The Otavalo Market

Spices Galore!

I can heartily give a big thumbs up for the local market in Otavalo, Ecuador. Some folks will try to tell you that you can find bargains just as good in the Mariscal district in Quito but they’re not telling you the entire truth. Bargains can be had in both places but Otavalo definitely has more variety of goods. Where you might find several vendors selling the exact same scarves or sweaters or hats in Quito, you’ll find those vendors and more selling unique versions that can’t be found anywhere else but Otavalo.

The trick with Otavolo is to show up on market day. There are vendors every single day in the Plaza de los Ponchos, but Saturday market day is special and folks come from outside of town to sell their wares. The streets are chock full of people selling everything from woven goods to musical instruments to oil paintings. At the Saturday market, we found the best spice vendor around. Just the scent of her freshly ground peppers and spices attracted us to her stall. Her prices encouraged me to buy generously. We found beautiful artwork and made purchases from a watercolor artist of world class caliber. We bought woven blankets and throws. Basically, we found the bargains we were looking for and enjoyed ourselves immensely.

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5 Comments on “The Otavalo Market

    • You must be my most dedicated commenter, Joe. I smile every time I see a comment from you and then I wonder when you’re going to book your next ticket to visit!

  1. How great that we both published posts about Otavalo today! You are so right – the Saturday market is amazing, and the prices are much lower on items like large rugs, and the selection is much greater…

    I’ll be leaving shortly and heading to Mindo. Have a great Thanksgiving if you observe that here!
    Z

    • Happy Thanksgiving to you as well… we’re hoping to eat turkey sandwiches on the slopes of a mountain! Can’t think of a better way to spend the day while living in Ecuador 🙂

      Off to take a look at your post on Otavalo… must be something in the air that we both posted on the same day 🙂

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