The famos handycraft market makes the town of Otavalo an very interesting place in the province of Imbabura. The bigger market is every Saturday, but you can visit this indigenous market every day of the week.
The Otavalo indigenous handycraft market is the most famous of Ecuador.
Here are offered from pochos and tapices (carpets) up to Panama hats.
There are handycrafts from all over Ecuador: from Montecristi, Jipijapa and Cuenca those nice Panama hats. The wooven woolfabrics from the villages near to Otavalo, from San Pablo, letherclothes from La Esperanza, ceramics from Cotacachi, handycrafts from Salasaca, household articlesand shoes, etc..
Apart from the known handycraft market early mornings on Saturdays the is a cattle market.
The landscape and villages around Otavalos are inviting for different excursions.
The Lago de San Pablo and the village with the same name are in the south near to Otavalo.