We love marketplaces. That’s where you get your fill of colors and smells and sounds of the local culture. We visited the colorful and lively market in Otovalo, a small town in northern highlands of Ecuador. It is the largest indigenous market in South America and dates back from the pre-Incan period.
For centuries, locals have been coming to the market of Otovalo to buy and barter animals, food and their essential needs. Today, it’s also a popular place for tourist who are looking to buy local crafts.
A yarn vendor.
The vegetable stall.
Colorful paintings and crosses for sale.
Vibrant plates and bowls for sale.
A serious looking young vendor.
A vendor taking a break to nurse her baby.
A creative incense holders.
Feathered headdress for sale.
Keith standing in front of the feathered headdress.
They say Panama hats actually originated from Ecuador.
More traditional woven products.
Lovely young Otovalenas
Getting there: We took a 2 and half hour bus ride from the capital of Quito. You can also get there by taxi or by booking a tour through your hotel.
Travel Date: February 2008
Travel Guides: Lonely Planet Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands