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Escorted Rail Tours to Otavalo

The most famous market in Latin America

The small Ecuadorian city of Otavalo is famous for its indigenous population (the Otavalos) and its colourful market - probably the most famous market in Latin America.

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This stunning tour combines the highlights of Ecuador with the amazing wildlife of the Galapagos Islands. You'll experience the fascinating culture and volcanic scenery of Ecuador before flying to the beautiful Galapagos Islands for a truly unforgettable opportunity to see some of the world's most interesting wildlife.

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The Otavalos are considered to be the most economically-successful indigenous group in South America; many Otavalos are known to travel across the world selling goods or playing Andean folk music. The Otavalos can be recognised by their traditional dress - white trousers and dark-coloured ponchos for men; a dark-coloured shirt and white blouse with colourful embroidery and a colourful waistband for women. Both men and women wear their hair long - it is invariably very thick and jet black.

The market in Otavalo is centred on the aptly-named Plaza de Poncho and is at its busiest on Saturday - the main day for the market. Stalls sell a huge variety of traditional goods, including weavings, paintings, wood and stone carvings, clothes, hats, jewellery and crafts. The products and stall-holders come from all over Ecuador, as well as from neighbouring Peru and Colombia.

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