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
Instituto Otavaleno de Antropologia
Av de los Serances
Hosteria La Mirage - Cotacachi-imbabura, Otavalo
Phone: +593 (0) 69 15237