Travel
South America
 
South America Destination Guide

Otavalelo

Otavalelo This town of about 26,000 inhabitants, 95km from Quito, is justly famous for its friendly people and their Saturday market. The market dates from pre-Inca times, when jungle products were brought up from the eastern lowlands and traded for highland goods.

The most evident feature of the otavalenos' culture is their traditional dress. The men wear long single pigtails, calflength white pants, rope sandals, reversible gray or blue ponchos and dark felt hats, The women are very striking, with beautifully embroidered blouses, long black skirts and shawls, and interesting folded head cloths. The inhabitants of Otavalelo are mainly whites or mestizos, though about 40,000 indigenous people also live in the area, mostly in nearby villages. Many come into Otavalo for market day, and quite a few own craft shops in town.

places to Visit

Plaza de los Ponchos
Animal market
Instituto Otavaleno de Antropologia
Av de los Serances

Otavalo Hotels

Hosteria La Mirage - Cotacachi-imbabura, Otavalo Phone: +593 (0) 69 15237

Quito
Otavalo
Ibarra
Tulcan
Banos
Riobamba
Cuenca
Loja
Manta
Guayaquil
Galapagos Islands
Isla Santa Cruz

Argentina
Bolivia
Brazil
Chile
Colombia
Ecuador
Falkland Islands
French Guiana (Fr.)
Guyana
Paraguay
Peru
Suriname
Trinidad and Tobago
Uruguay
Venezuela
Amazon Rainforest
Amazon River
Angel Falls
Easter Island
Nazca Lines
Galapagos
Lake Titicaca
Iguazu Falls
Machu Picchu
Bariloche
Patagonia
Petrohue Falls
Wildlife
South America History
Inca Civilization
Travel Warnings
Travel Tips