Otavalo Market in Otavalo, Ecuador

The Otavalo Market in Otavalo, Ecuador is South America’s largest market and on Saturdays the whole town comes out for an orgy of awesomeness.

You can buy anything from snails and mystery meat to fake shrunken heads and dream catchers. For those of you who know about my addiction to markets you can understand what a great day this was for me in Otavalo.

Checkout the video above and photos below to get a feel for the Otavalo Market experience.

Otavalo Market in Otavalo Ecuador - Bean Pickers
The streets are alive at the Otavalo Market in Otavalo Ecuador
Otavalo Market in Otavalo Ecuador - Fruits and Vegetable Alley
Fuit and Veggie alley at Otavalo Market in Otavalo Ecuador
Otavalo Market in Otavalo Ecuador - Greens
You want me to do what?
Otavalo Market in Otavalo Ecuador - Veggie Man
Fresh Looks and Produce at the Otavalo Market in Otavalo Ecuador
Otavalo Market in Otavalo Ecuador - Nina con Pina
La Niña just chillin with pineapple tops at the Otavalo Market in Otavalo Ecuador
Otavalo Market in Otavalo Ecuador - Meat Wave
A nice meaty wave at the Otavalo Market in Otavalo Ecuador
Otavalo Market in Otavalo Ecuador - Pig Head
Pig Headed at the Otavalo Market in Otavalo Ecuador
Otavalo Market in Otavalo Ecuador - Lunch Family
Eating lunch with this lovely couple at the Otavalo Market in Otavalo Ecuador
Otavalo Market in Otavalo Ecuador - Alfalfa Juice
Rambo Juice at the Otavalo Market in Otavalo Ecuador
Otavalo Market in Otavalo Ecuador - Otavalo Backpacks
Ecuadorian Backpacks at the Otavalo Market in Otavalo Ecuador
Otavalo Market in Otavalo Ecuador - Shop 'til you drop
The Otavalo Market Spring 2011 Collection
Otavalo Market in Otavalo Ecuador - Characters
Is that supposed to be them?
The Otavalo Market in Otavalo Ecuador
The Otavalo Market in Otavalo Ecuador

If you’re ever in Ecuador, take the 2 hour bus ride from Quito to Otavalo on a Saturday morning and experience true Ecuadorian culture at the Otavalo Market.

Some people even stay in Otavalo for a few nights to explore the tranquil Ecuadorian pueblo beyond the Saturday market.

My name is Gareth Leonard, a Marketing Director turned World Traveler with a passion for slow, meaningful travel. I have been traveling the world full-time for the past 9+ years and document it all on Instagram and YouTube. Come join me!

18 Comments

  1. You’ve really stepped up your game in the video world. well done. Enjoyed every second of it. Morales has probably watched it 50 times today alone. Be well, hombre.

  2. I could spend a whole day in this market – it looks incredible! Eating some of that whole roasted pork would probably be the highlight of my day. I agree with the other commentors; while I have also enjoyed watching your past videos, its looking like you are truly stepping up your game.
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