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Otavalo Travel Guide

Otavalo Travel Guide, Otavalo, Ecuador (B)

Otavalo is a valley in northern Ecuador surrounded by peaks of Imbabura, Cotacachi and Mojanda volcanos. The town is famous for its indigenous population and a 100 years old market, a major artisan fair of Ecuador and South America called “The Plaza of Ponchos”.

Indigenous Otavaleños are economically considered to be the most successful indigenous group of Latin America. They are famous for weaving textiles, usually made of wool. Otavalo is also known for its traditional Andean Folklore music and musicians. Every summer the music of Otavalo and the surrounding areas plays a primary role in the indigenous festival for the summer solstice, called Inti Raymi.

Men are known as Otavaleños and women as Otavaleñas. Otavaleñas traditionally wear distinctive white embroidered blouses, with flared lace sleeves and black or dark over skirts. They usually have many strings of gold beads around their necks, with the number of strands and thickness of beads representing their age and wisdom, and matching tightly wound long strings of coral beads around each wrist. Men wear white trousers, and dark blue ponchos. ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: Otavalo Travel Guide
Guide Location: Ecuador » Otavalo
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Author: Sreeram Hariharan
Read it on Author's Website: http://www.backpackways.com/otavalo-travel-guide/
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Plaza de Poncho
  • Animal Market
  • El Lechero
  • Condor Park
  • Mercado 24 de Mayo
  • Hostal Mirador Otavalo