Otavalo

 

Otavalo is a small town (50,000) in northern Ecuador, north of Quito.

It is famous for its indigenous population, the Otavalos, many of whom travel the world selling their handicrafts or playing in Andean Folk music groups.

Otavalos are easily recognized by their traditional dress: white pants and a dark poncho for men; a dark skirt and a white blouse with colourful embroidery and colourful waisteband for women. Both sexes wear their hair long (the men usually platted).

Otavalo is known for its Saturday public market, which bring in many locals from the surrounding indigenous villages.

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Overall Atmosphere: Combination
Combination Atmosphere destinations combine elements of both cultural and natural destinations, where this combination is itself essential to the travel experience. Common examples are Archaeological Sites (where culture is usually experienced outdoors), Scenic Local Markets (where indigenous cultures interact outdoors), Hotsprings and Vineyard Areas (where nature provides the raw materials but humans create the surroundings), and Unique Cultural Landscapes (where humans and nature interact in innovative ways, as in the elaborate rice terracing systems of Asia).

Combination Interests typically fall somewhere in the middle of the three types of primary interests in terms of
(a) how climate-dependent they are
(b) how accessible and physically demanding they are.
Featuring both cultural and natural attractions.
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Urku Wasi

Urku Wasi offers pet-friendly accommodation in Otavalo. There is a restaurant and guests can have fun at the water park. Ibarra is 22 km from the property. Free private parking is available on site. Average score from 11 guest reviews: 9.2/10.

$100

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Villa Clemencia

Featuring free WiFi, Villa Clemencia offers accommodation in Otavalo. Ibarra is 21 km away. Free private parking is available on site. The accommodation features a TV. There is also a dining area and a kitchenette equipped with a microwave. Average score from 6 guest reviews: 7.7/10.

$20

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Hostal El Arbolito

Located in Cotacachi, 8 km from Otavalo, Hostal El Arbolito features free WiFi access and free private parking. Each room comes with a private bathroom fitted with a shower. Quito Mariscal Sucre International Airport is 48 km from the property. Average score from 5 guest reviews: 9.0/10.

$25

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Hospedaje Tupary B&B

Located in Otavalo, 20 km from Ibarra, Hospedaje Tupary B&B features free WiFi access and free private parking. Every room is equipped with a flat-screen TV. Certain rooms have a seating area for your convenience. Average score from 6 guest reviews: 8.9/10.

$20

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Hospedaje Vertientes del Imbaura

Featuring free WiFi, a restaurant and a terrace, Hospedaje Vertientes del Imbaura offers pet-friendly accommodation in Otavalo. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. Views of the mountain, lake or garden are featured in certain rooms. Average score from 9 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$15

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Hotel NameRooms FromGuest Rating
Apartamentos Rocsan

Apartamentos Rocsan

Apartamentos Rocsan is a self-catering accommodation located in Otavalo. Free WiFi access and free private parking are available. Eachapartment will provide you with a TV, a patio and a seating area. Average score from 55 guest reviews: 9.6/10.

$27

 
$279.6
Otavalo Apartments

Otavalo Apartments

Otavalo Apartments is situated in Otavalo, 21 km from Ibarra. Tababela is 48 km away. Private parking is available on site. Featuring a terrace, the accommodation has a seating and dining area. Average score from 5 guest reviews: 9.6/10.

$30

$309.6
La Casa del Lago

La Casa del Lago

Offering spectacular views of the Andes, La Casa del Lago is located in Hacienda Pastaví, only 8 minutes from Lago San Pablo. A hot tub is provided in this homestay. Free WiFi is available. Average score from 61 guest reviews: 9.2/10.

$32

 
$329.2
Hostal El Arbolito

Hostal El Arbolito

Located in Cotacachi, 8 km from Otavalo, Hostal El Arbolito features free WiFi access and free private parking. Each room comes with a private bathroom fitted with a shower. Quito Mariscal Sucre International Airport is 48 km from the property. Average score from 5 guest reviews: 9.0/10.

$25

$259.0
B&B Cotacachi Hosteria Oro Azul

B&B Cotacachi Hosteria Oro Azul

B&B Cotacachi Hosteria Oro Azul offers accommodation in Cotacachi. Some units feature views of the mountains or garden. Rooms have a private bathroom fitted with a shower. There is a shared kitchen at the property. Average score from 15 guest reviews: 9.0/10.

$35

 
$359.0
Hostal Sucre

Hostal Sucre

Featuring free WiFi, Hostal Sucre offers accommodation in Otavalo, 21 km from Ibarra. The rooms are fitted with a TV with cable channels. Rooms are equipped with a private bathroom. There is a 24-hour front desk at the property. Average score from 12 guest reviews: 8.9/10.

$25

$258.9
Hotel El Indio

Hotel El Indio

Located in Imbabura, next to Los Ponchos square in Otavalo's town centre, Hotel El Indio in Otavalo offers guests rooms with access to a sun terrace. Free WiFi access is available throughout the property. Average score from 156 guest reviews: 8.9/10.

$25

 
$258.9
Pucara B&B and Spanish School

Pucara B&B and Spanish School

Pucara B&B and Spanish School is located in Otavalo. Free WiFi access and free private parking are available in this lodge. A daily free continental breakfast is included. Average score from 13 guest reviews: 8.9/10.

$32

$328.9
Casa de Luis

Casa de Luis

Offering a terrace and views of the mountain, Casa de Luis is situated in Otavalo. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Free WiFi is provided and free private parking is available on site. Average score from 4 guest reviews: 8.9/10.

$35

$358.9
Hostal y Complejo Recreacional La Playita de Monse

Hostal y Complejo Recreacional La Playita de Monse

Offering a terrace and spa centre, Hostal y Complejo Recreacional La Playita de Monse is set in Otavalo in the Imbabura Region. Each room includes a flat-screen TV. Some rooms feature a seating area to relax in after a busy day. Average score from 14 guest reviews: 8.8/10.

$24

$248.8
La Cuadra

La Cuadra

La Cuadra is set in Cotacachi, 8 km from Otavalo. The rooms have a private bathroom. This property provides both free WiFi and private parking. There is a 24-hour front desk at the property. Average score from 13 guest reviews: 8.8/10.

$30

 
$308.8
Ayllu Hostel

Ayllu Hostel

Featuring free WiFi and a restaurant, Ayllu Hostel offers pet-friendly accommodation in Cotacachi. Free private parking is available on site. Some rooms feature views of the mountain or garden. All rooms include a private bathroom. Average score from 16 guest reviews: 8.7/10.

$30

 
$308.7
Hostería Samay Toa

Hostería Samay Toa

Offering a spa and wellness centre and a restaurant, Hostería Samay Toa is located in Araque Alto overlooking San Pablo lake and it's 4 surrounding volcanoes. Free WiFi access and free private parking are available. Average score from 55 guest reviews: 8.7/10.

$35

 
$358.7
Runa Tupari Homestay Lodge

Runa Tupari Homestay Lodge

Featuring free WiFi, Runa Tupari Homestay Lodge is set in Otavalo, 21 km from Ibarra. Tababela is 47 km from the property. Free private parking is available on site. All units feature a seating and dining area. Average score from 157 guest reviews: 8.7/10.

$35

$358.7
Doña Esther Otavalo

Doña Esther Otavalo

Doña Esther Otavalo offers accommodation in Otavalo. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant.A daily breakfast is served. Certain units have a seating area for your convenience. A terrace or balcony are featured in certain rooms. Average score from 163 guest reviews: 8.6/10.

$35

 
$358.6
Hotel El Indio Inn

Hotel El Indio Inn

Offering free WiFi in all areas, Hotel El Indio Inn is located 5 km from San Pablo Lagoon. Free parking is available. A spa with a hot tub is available for an extra fee. Each room here will provide you with a TV and cable channels. Average score from 65 guest reviews: 8.4/10.

$35

 
$358.4
Hostal Restaurant Kimbala

Hostal Restaurant Kimbala

Set in Cotacachi, 8 km from Otavalo, Hostal Restaurant Kimbala boasts a restaurant and free WiFi throughout the property. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. There is a shared kitchen at the property. Average score from 8 guest reviews: 8.3/10.

$25

$258.3

Highlights:

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Combination
Unusual Local Feature

Indigenous Villages

Ilumàn offers amazing walking, and a much quieter pace of life at just 15 minute bus ride from Otavalo. This indigenous village is truly charming and famous for the many natural healers, or shamans, using all kind of medicinal plants and traditional cleaning rituals. There are over 100 shamans in Ilumàn´s shaman´s association.

There is a large number of villages surrounding Otavalo, Ibarra, and Cotacachi. Each village tends to specialise in the manufacture of a one particular good, e.g. weavings, rugs, embroidery, wood carvings, handicrafts made of tortora reed, and others.
Scenic Local Market

Main Town Market

Every Saturday there is a Mercado Artesanal at the so-called Plaza de Ponchos between calle Sucre and Jaramillo, where indigenous and mestizo people from Otavalo and surrounding communities sell their handicrafts. You will find a wide range of weavings, jewelry, clothes, wood and stone carvings, paintings, Panama hats, and and some products from neighboring Peru and Colombia.

Town animal market

There is also an animal market Mercado de Animales northwest of town across the Panamarican Highway, where local farmers buy and sell their livestock.
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