(All photos by Daniel Nevares – @danieljtravels)
I’m not a huge shopper but I was in shopping heaven when we strolled into the Otavalo Market in Ecuador. It’s about an hour and a half drive from Quito and it is well worth it. Apparently, they have been promoting this market a ton so there were a bit of tourist in the area but that didn’t matter. There was so much culture and so many beautiful things, it didn’t disappoint. I had been brushing up on my Spanish before this trip so it was also a great opportunity to practice the language. I ended up with many, many things from this market and I would go back in a heartbeat.
The colors were stunning. I love bright colors so I was drawn to all the fabrics.
I had to stop at every vendor.
My first purchase was the hat you’ve seen in many posts now. I love it so much and got it from this stand.
I had to try on a lot to find “the one” and this woman was great with my broken Spanish and indecisive nature.
There were so many options! Honestly, if they were easier to transport I probably would have bought so many.
And then I found the one I loved the most that has now graced many of our blog posts :). I was so pleased I looked to Dan in excitement only to see he had been taking photos of us the whole time. His Spanish is great so whenever I would get stuck on what to say, I would look to him with this exact expression like “come help me with a word!”
With my new hat, we carried on. There were many other things I was interested in like the food and some colorful ponchos.
It seemed I needed one to match my hat and this is where we found this adorable woman who insisted on helping me try them all on. Of course hoping I would buy them but I’m a sucker for cute locals with beautiful merchandise :).
After settling on this poncho and a blue one (oh and multiple others for family members), we felt pretty good about supporting the locals. Things were not expensive and the quality is great.
Here I am with a backpack full and multiple other bags but don’t worry, you will see how much I wear all the things in previous and future posts. I hate to be wasteful or own things I don’t wear and sometimes I struggle with buying things wondering when I will ever wear them. My Ecuador finds though have become my staples and I just love them!