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Otavalo Area Travel Guide


The small town of Otavalo hosts one of the oldest and most important Andean markets in Latin America. Long established as a centre for the local traders to sell their wares the market has become a must-see attraction. The local people dressed in their colourful traditional attire showcase a bewildering array of hand made products such as ponchos, textiles, blankets, tapestries, rugs, embroidered blouses, jewelry and woolen goods. The farmland and dramatic mountain scenery around Otavalo are dotted with grand colonial haciendas which are perfect for hiking, horse riding and experiencing the idyllic rural Ecuadorian life.

The Otavalo area is the best place to sample Ecuador's captivating culture with artisan markets and traditional haciendas

Best months to visit the Otavalo Area

The Otavalo area can be visited at any time of year. The slightly cooler and slightly rainier time of year is December until May with April receiving the most rain. This, however, does not usually spoil a trip to this region.

Our hand-picked hotels in the Otavalo Area

A well thought out selection of hotels can make a good trip truly exceptional and here at The Latin America Travel Company we put a lot of resources into sourcing and visiting hotels. Below are our top hotels and haciendas in the Otavalo Area.

Best reasons to visit the Otavalo Area

Otavalo and the surrounding highlands is Ecuador’s heartland and a great place for exploring outdoors. Here are our top experiences and highlights for the Otavalo area.

Peruse the handmade crafts at Otavalo Market

Stay on a traditional Hacienda

Taste Ecuador’s hearty country cooking

Ride the Tren de la Libertad from Ibarra to Salinas

Go hiking and horse riding in the bucolic countryside

Weather Averages for the Otavalo Area

Other destinations in Ecuador

Visit Quito, Ecuador’s heritage city, travel to the Cloud Forest or explore the lesser visited Pacific Coast. Use the links below to continue exploring Ecuador with our essential guides.

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