Otavalo and Peguche Falls

Come Saturdays, tourists from all over the world flock to Otavalo to shop. For one day only, the streets of downtown Otavalo turn into one gigantic outdoor market selling lots of fun stuff — cloths, alpaca and llama blankets, sweaters, scarves, bags, wood carvings, paintings, etc, etc, — you name it. But if one happens to be in Otavalo during the week , the market shrinks down to the location of Plaza de los Ponchos where one can have lots of the same fun –bargaining and shopping.

artisans in Otavalo

Otavalo Market, Ecuador

Plaza de los Ponchos
Otavalo Market

Otavalo Market, Ecuador

Plaza de los Ponchos
Otavalo Market

When guests come, we often take them to Otavalo in the mornings to shop, and we always try for Saturday, if possible. Then we go have lunch at one of the many restaurants or coffee houses. After that, it’s time to catch a cab and head over to Peguche Falls, where there is even more shopping and some small restaurants, as well. For a full day like this, we highly recommend very comfortable shoes.

As said, just a short taxi ride from Otavalo, Peguche Falls is another gem to be found in Imbabura.

Peguche Falls , Otavalo Ecuador

Peguche Falls

Peguche Falls , Otavalo Ecuador

The Main Entrance

Peguche Falls , Otavalo Ecuador

Peguche Park Trail to the Falls

Taking a scenic backway into the park.

Taking a scenic backway into the park.

Peguche Falls , Otavalo Ecuador

Peguche Falls

Peguche Falls , Otavalo Ecuador

Peguche, Falls

Peguche Falls , Otavalo Ecuador

Peguche Falls Park

Peguche Falls , Otavalo Ecuador

Nicole & Belen in front of the Peguche Falls

Peguche Falls, Otavalo Ecuador

There they are! 

Peguche Falls , Otavalo Ecuador

At Peguche Park with some friends

Peguche Falls , Otavalo Ecuador

Peguche Falls , Otavalo Ecuador

The kids love to come here for a swim after school.

Peguche Falls , Otavalo Ecuador

Changing rooms

Peguche Falls , Otavalo Ecuador

Climbing up to the top of the falls

Peguche Falls , Otavalo Ecuador

A small cave above the falls

Peguche Falls , Otavalo Ecuador

Belen and Fred at the mouth of the cave

Peguche Falls , Otavalo Ecuador

Museum

Peguche Falls , Otavalo Ecuador

Just some beautiful wood work.

Peguche Falls , Otavalo Ecuador

Not exactly sure what this is, but this structure is before the entrance.

Peguche Falls , Otavalo Ecuador

There are quite a few artisans selling their goods before the entrance to the park.

And, you can now ride the new train line from Otavalo to Salinas de Ibarra! See schedule and info at: Tren Excursions Ecuador
Train Route

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