Otavalo is mostly known for its markets, applied art and textiles.

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Otavalo is about an hour and a half drive north of Quito. It is situated on an altitude of 2500 metres. The city owes its name to the ‘Otavalieno’ Indians.

These indigenous Indians have succeeded in keeping their own culture and identity and adapting these to modern day life. They have modernized the textile industry and created wealth in the community. Eventually the Indians managed to buy their original lands back from the large landowners.

Otavalo has a prosperous, cheerful and most of all colourful street scene. The town is known for its local market(s) with lots of handmade articles, worked leather, woodcarving and textiles. Tourism is an important source of income.

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