Otavalo, capital of Otavalo Canton, is a largely indigenous town in the Imbabura Province of Ecuador. It is not only known for its volcano and lake, but also for its huge market!
The indigenous Otavaleños are famous for weaving textiles,
usually made of wool, which are
sold at the famous Saturday market. Although the largest market is on
Saturday, there is a very wide range of wares available throughout the
week in the Plaza de los Ponchos, and the many local shops. The shops sell textiles such as handmade blankets, tablecloths, and much more.
During the market's peak, almost one third of the town becomes full of
stalls selling textiles, tagua nut jewelry, musical instruments, dream
catchers, leather goods, fake shrunken heads, indigenous costumes,
hand-painted platters and trays, purses, clothing, spices, raw foods and
spools of wool.