Otavalo – last port of call in Ecuador

The friendly and prosperous town of Otavalo is famous for its giant Saturday market, where traditionally dressed indigenous people sell handicrafts to hordes of foreigners who pour in every  weekend to get in on the deals. Despite the market’s popularity, the otavaleños themselves remain self-determined and culturally uncompromised.

I only had one day in Otavalo – and it wasn’t a Saturday. However the setting was fabulous, and the entire experience enchanting.

Next stage: Ipiales (Colombia).


About Richard Griffith

My first independent travel experience was a trip to Israel, in 1997, it was here that I caught the 'travel' bug! In 2001 I took an 8-month sabbatical and traveled around South East Asia. Since then I have managed to visit most of Eastern Europe along with India, Bangladesh, and a few other destinations in between. I love travel and I love meeting new people.
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