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Colorful Photos of Otavalo Market (Ecuador)

Located in Northern Ecuador, Otavalo is well known for its indigenous people, Otavalos and its market that surrounded by three volcanoes; Cotacachi, Mojanda, and Imbabura.

Otavalo market


The Otavalo market is famous for its colorful textile products. The Indians in Otavalo were known weavers since pre-Incan times. During the Spanish colonial era, they were forced into textile workshops to produce textiles for European market and trade. After the end of colonialism, the Indians continued to produce textiles for trading locally and internationally.

Otavalo market


Aside to Spanish language, Kichwa, the Quechua dialect spoken in Ecuador, is widely spoken by the Otavalos.



The Otavalos called the market as Centenario Market or Plaza de los Ponchos. Numerous products are now available at the market; such as handmade textile, ceramic, woodcarvings, silver, and jewelry. There are authentic cuisine restaurants around the market as well. The food in Otavalo was relatively affordable. You can have three meal courses for less than 8 U.S. dollars.



Market opens from 7 am to 6 pm every day. The busiest days are Wednesday and Saturday. Don’t miss this market when you are in Ecuador 🙂

Diablo Huma [In Spanish, “diablo” means “devil”. In Kichwa, “huma” means “head”]

Mask of Diablo Huma [in Spanish, “diablo” means “devil”. In Kichwa, “huma” means “head”] is a popular item in the market. Diablo Huma is a legend, a folklore and an important part of the indigenous people’s culture in Ecuador.







  1. Otavlo looks like every bit the colourful place 😍 Three course meals for less than US$8 sounds like a good deal. As tidalscribe asked, I also want to know what you bought. Those toys on the textiles look so cute 😍 With markets like these it can be hard not to stop looking and coming back round to look again 😊

  2. A lovley post Indah. Terima kasih. 🙂
    The Otavalo womwn are easily recognizable by their dress and their “gold” bead necklaces.
    Hope all is well?
    Selamat, selamat… 😉
    (Too early for malam I guess?)

    • Thank you! Happy to share their culture and impressive products 😉 My apology for late reply. Niw is afternoon’s time. I think we share almost the same time zone if you are in Mexico 😉

      • No apology needed Indah. 🙂 Blogging is really another Time-Space universe. Yes we are central time. You may be mountain? Thing is, I know pagi=morning, malam=night, but I’m not sure there is a Bahasa word for afternoon? 😉
        So, selamat afternoon. 😉

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