Hostels in Otavalo, Ecuador

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Get to know Otavalo (no more "I wish I knew this before")

This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Otavalo. To help you make friends with Otavalo before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!

 Downtown Otavalo

Otavalo is a town of approximately 50,000 inhabitants and is a short just over two hour hop from Quitos Terminal Norte and a common staging post for those heading there from Colombia or those going in the other direction.

This is a bustling town famous for its wonderful indigenous Saturday market where literally hundreds of sellers descend on the town to sell everything from bows and arrows to hammocks and Llama skin boots. Its a feast for the senses on this day. There is a market in the Plaza de Ponchos daily but it is dwarfed by the Saturday megalith. The market has been held here for hundreds of years.

Most of the Otavalo hostels and other accommodations are near to the Plaza de Ponchos are there are many to choose from to suit all budgets. They tend to be quite expensive compared to what you would pay outside of Quito normally in Ecuador and prices rise at the weekends due to the market. It's probably a good idea to book ahead if you plan to arrive on a Friday. For those with cash to splash there are more expensive haciendas which are available out of town

The town is thriving and there is a good selection of restaurants, cafes, banks, crafts shops, designer label shops. Everything you need for a comfortable stay is here.

In addition to the market there are a variety of walks that you can do without a guide to nearby waterfalls and lagoons. These are not too strenuous and are only an hour or two long. Nightlife picks up on the weekend and the streets can be busy and the locals are friendly. There are festivals throughout the year and the Fiesta del Yamor is held at the end of August and is a colorful parade of floats and dancers and competitions.

FAQ about Otavalo Hostels

There are plenty of frequently asked questions about hostels in Otavalo. We've collected the most common questions and doubts when it comes to picking your preferred accommodation in Otavalo. The more you know, the better you can plan with confidence and ease, right?

A hostel in Otavalo costs on average $19 for a dorm. A hostel in Otavalo with private rooms costs on average $42.
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Hosteria Rose Cottage is the best rated hostel for partying in Otavalo.

It offers: Bar.

Your Packing List for Otavalo

Your Packing List for Otavalo

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Otavalo Hostel Cheatsheet

Above we list every single hostel there is in the city. Let us take a broader look at what you can expect - and what not. We created this cheatsheet for you to get a more complete picture of the hostel quality in Otavalo, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
9 Total number of hostels
$19 Average dorm price
$42 Average private room price
$10 Cheapest hostel in Otavalo
El Tio Hostal is the cheapest
2 Party hostels in Otavalo
Hosteria Rose Cottage is the best rated
8.7 Average rating of all hostels

Other Nearby Cities

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Ibarra (20 Km / 13 mi.)
Tabalela (44 Km / 28 mi.)
Tababela (48 Km / 30 mi.)
Puembo (51 Km / 32 mi.)
Quito (59 Km / 37 mi.)
Mindo (65 Km / 40 mi.)

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