About a two-hour drive north-north-east of Quito is a town of about 40,000 people called Otavalo
. On Saturdays, Otavalo markets take up a lot more space than the central plaza. On the edge of the town is an animal market. In the central plaza and the streets that surround it, vendors set up stalls to sell all sorts of things. Otavalo is well known for its textiles.
We spent a night here in early June, opting to pay USD $2.50 per person each way for the public bus, rather than the USD $65 each for tickets that were available on Trip Advisor. To be fair, their tickets were round-trip and included lunch. But did somehow manage to find a place to eat lunch for less than the additional $240 their tickets cost. Months of travel in Latin America and Spanish study can come in handy!
I’ve decided that this blog post will be mostly video. I shot several clips during the day we went to the markets. Starting with a pre-sunrise clip of the town coming to life as we walked down the hill from our hostel. And ending with the sights and sounds as we worked our way through the many streets and stalls full of vendors and their wares.