Otavalo

A holiday to Ecuador isn’t complete without a visit to Otavalo. This small town, located about two hours north of Quito, is one of the top Ecuador tourist attractions. The highlight of an Otavalo tour is a visit to its world-famous indigenous market. This market, offering indigenous crafts, textiles and clothing, ranks among the best in Latin America.

While achieving commercial success the Otavalan indigenas have also managed to maintain their cultural identity and traditions. Most visibly, they still wear their unique traditional dress. Otavalan men favour calf-length white trousers, grey or blue ponchos, rope sandals and dark felt hats, while women display embroidered white blouses, dark skirts and shawls, masses of golden glass beads around their necks, red bead bracelets and cloth headgear which is folded in various significant ways.

Most distinctively, both women and men wear their hair in a long single ponytail that is often tied back with a bright woven band. The traditional dress is worn daily at home and in the villages, not to impress tourists in the market.


 

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Hacienda Pinsaqui Otavalo

Out of all of the Otavalo hotels on offer in Ecuador, Hacienda Pinsaqui is a top choice and true historical gem. Constructed in 1790, Hacienda Pinsaqui was originally a colonial textile en... Details & photos >>

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Hacienda La Alegria Aloag

There are few hotels in the world where you can find something as special as this… Hacienda La Alegria is a family-run organic farm in the heart of Ecuador's "Avenue of the Volcanoes". En...

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Avenue of the Volcanoes Tour

This classic trip through the Avenue of the Volcanoes begins in the coastal port of Guayaquil, before taking you up into the Andes to the beautiful, colonial city of Cuenca. From here th...

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