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Indian Market in Otavalo

Listed under Markets in Ecuador.

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The province of Imbabura is located in northern Ecuador, a picturesque land of lakes, majestic sierras and terraced farmlands and is home to the Otavalo Indians, industrious and enterprising people, who offer their products at the famous outdoor market. Here you will find ponchos, embroidered blouses and shirts (extremely well priced), ceramics, wall hangings, native jewelry and authentic Panama hats plus fruit, vegetables and just about anything else you can think of! Saturday is the best day to visit as there are hundreds of stands set up so we will not only enjoy a fun day but walking around and watching the stall owners, you will see what these people are like….wonderful and very friendly. Otavalo is the most famous Indian market in Ecuador and much of South America!

The textile industry was established in 1540 and became home to textile haciendas where the Indians, under Spanish control, would weave up to 200,000 yards of fabric a year. That was traded locally or in Peru or Potosi. What started out hard for them has turned into a sustaining ability to earn a living to this day.

More about the Indian Market in Otavalo on the icangarden site.

Written by  Donna Dawson.

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