Otavalo is located in Imbabura province, 110 km north of Quito and 2530 meters over sea level. It has a huge cultural wealth in which their inhabitants maintain their identities, reinforced by myths, legends, customs and traditions. Otavalo is currently one of the most important tourist destinations of Ecuador, surrounded by mountains, lakes, rivers, streams and springs make this small city a paradise where you always return. The city of Otavalo is known worldwide for the famous handicraft Indian Market, where you can find millions of items made by hand, in cotton, wool, leather, wood, ceramics, etc.
The city of Otavalo is a mixture of history, customs, culture and folklore. Known as the "Valley of the Dawn" by tourists is the largest Canton Province of Imbabura, offering the possibility to enjoy beautiful landscapes, meet their ethnic, discover ancient customs, to admire the ingenuity and skill in their craft and as an opportunity to engage in the business world.
Otavalo's climate is like spring, most of the year, with July to September summer season.
The otaveleños have traveled worldwide spreading their famous Indian Market and taking his music and his art.
The Indian market is also known as "Plaza de los Ponchos", here you can find handmade textiles, which are prepared by the Indians, also sells a wide range of own manufactured goods from other Andean countries, especially Peru.
Some of the most famous products can be found on the market are: carpets, blankets, cloths, woven sweaters, belts, bracelets, bags, embroidery, cloth hats, Indian necklaces, jewelry, antiques and woodwork.
Otavalo is one of the major tourist destinations in Ecuador. It is visited by domestic and foreign tourists, attracted by its enormous cultural wealth. Cultural diversity also brings together a variety of ecosystems that contain a very important biodiversity and representative of the region tropandina, divided between the mountains, lakes, rivers, streams and springs, which seen from the local world view, have a life and energy.
The people of Otavalo belong to a large Indian community that has maintained its own economic and social features. They are proud people and women. The variety and quality of their products leave no doubts about their abilities. The beauty of the region is the source of greatest pride.
The main feature of the Otavaleños is his great initiative, with ambitious purposes of trade and business.
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