One of the best ways to get to know a country is through its markets. What you find is not only its products, but an entire way of life, of feeling, of talking… dare we even say, of falling in love with the place. An entire country is exposed to our senses, through its people and its culture. And so in order to get to know Ecuador better, we’re going to take a stroll through one of the most important markets – not just of the country, but of all South America. Get your shopping shoes on, because today we’re going to the Otavalo Market. Welcome to the real Ecuador!

There’s no question about it: if you’re travelling to Quito, an excursion to this small city (pop. 90,000) just over two hours south will be a great way to discover the Andean culture of Ecuador, as well as an intense experience on its own.

The city's main claim to fame is the Otavalo Handicrafts Market (though there's much more than crafts here), however, for those who are early to rise. Do try to visit the market on Saturday, as the rest of the week only a handful of crafts shops will be open.

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