Ecuador's Cultural and Artisan Capital

The enormous market at Otovalo is particularly well known for its textiles and is a popular stop off for souvenir shopping as you travel from Quito to the Highlands. Saturday is the biggest market day and if you can get there at dawn, you will also catch a glimpse of the weekly animal market. In the beautiful countryside surrounding Otovalo there are several charming Haciendas to stay in and there is excellent hiking and horse riding in the area.