A two-hour drive north of Quito through the Sierras is OtavalothelargestHandicraftMarketinSouthAmerica. theMarket serves as a gathering place for both trade and social activity. the 'official' Market day is Saturday when people from all over the country come to sell produce, livestock, and handicrafts. Bargains on sweaters, ponchos, blankets, rugs, jewelry, pottery and hammocks are to be had every day. Ask for a "descuento" while dickering for anything from guinea pigs to woolen sweaters.
The HandicraftMarket is the highlight for most tourists. Known for being thelargestHandicraftMarketinSouthAmerica. Visitors are able to bargain for carpets, blouses, vests, jackets, hammocks, ceramics, paintings, jewelry, hats, musical instruments as well as a variety of other locally made goods. Haggling for prices is expected and part of the fun. Never accept the original price offered and expect to pay approximately 1/3 less. A smaller version of theMarket is offered everyday of the week primarily for touristst Market, but every day you will find handcrafts on display and for sale. Afterwards, we will continue to Cotacachi to visit this beautiful town well known for its leather articles. Time for lunch
Afternoon for shopping and return by the same Highway to Quito