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Top Choice Cafe in Otavalo

Cosecha Coffee Shop

Owned by a young American expat, this contemporary cafe with Santa Fe-like adobe walls and minimalistic design wouldn't look out of place in a cool outer-borough NYC neighborhood (it even serves bagels!). Sandwiches…
Top Choice International in Otavalo

Cafe Fussion

Chef Javier, who studied the culinary arts in Peru, painted this place in Caribbean pastels, and the same artful imagination goes into his recipes: smoked ribs with ginger, beef a la pimienta cooked in a reduction o…
Top Choice International in Otavalo

Sumac

Ecuadorian chef Jorge David Quilumbaqui, trained in French cuisine in Quito, presents artfully plated meat and fish dishes, as well as delicious desserts, using locally sourced ingredients. He's recently moved from …
Market in Otavalo

Crafts Market

Plaza de Ponchos, the nucleus of the crafts market, is filled every day with vendors selling woolen goods, such as rugs, tapestries, blankets, ponchos, sweaters, scarves, gloves and hats – as well as embroidered blo…
Market in Otavalo

Market

This is the reason everyone comes to town. For centuries, Otavalo has hosted one of the most important markets in the Andes, a weekly fiesta that celebrates the gods of commerce. Vendors hawk a dizzying array of tra…
Bird Sanctuary in Otavalo

Parque Cóndor

Get an up-close view of Andean condors, as well as eagles, owls, falcons and hawks, at this Dutch-owned foundation, which rehabilitates these and other birds of prey. Don’t miss the free flight demonstrations at 11:…
Landmark in Otavalo

El Lechero

While this tree outside Otavalo is famous for its magical healing powers, it's much more reliable as a great picnic spot, romantic or otherwise, and for fresh air and great views of town. It’s a steep 4km walk or a …
Cemetery in Otavalo

Cementerio

Each Monday and Thursday morning, groups of Otavaleños summit the Calle de las Almas (Street of Souls) to this hillside cemetery, sharing meals, songs, tears and prayers with relatives who've gone on to the next dim…
Cultural in Otavalo

Fiesta del Yamor

Otavalo’s best-known celebration occurs during the first two weeks of September in honor of the fall harvest. An elected queen oversees processions, live music and dancing, and firework displays. Revelers consume co…
Microbrewery in Otavalo

Cava Caran

This newly opened funky little brewpub, whose magic formula relies on Ibarra's deep underground springs, is a breath of fresh air on the Otavalo scene. White adobe walls, intricate murals and minimalist wood furnitu…