What to Eat
When I walked by Mi Otavalito early one morning, I almost ran into the decorated, roasted pig on display in front of the restaurant. In my culture, roasted pigs are used for big celebrations like weddings and engagements. But why wait for one of those to come around when you can have the things for breakfast? The breakfast plates here, about $2, include pork, potato patties, a small salad, and corn. It's big, looks delicious and is delicious.
Street food is just so darn cheap here. After the market vendors go home, the food vendors replace them on the Plaza de Ponchos. You can get just about anything you would want here from BBQ meats to various fried foods and brightly colored drinks. The flamingo pink one might interest you if you're up for trying something different. Oh, and watch out for the bloody, faceless dog.
Where to Shop
Arts & Handicrafts
Otavalo's Plaza de Ponchos is one of South America's largest markets. The market occupies the Plaza de Ponchos and, when busy, bleeds into nearby streets. Get your Andean gear here--hats, alpaca ponchos, leather products, and handcrafted silver jewelry. The silver earrings, necklaces and bracelets are really worth mentioning---soooo fine. Just make sure you know how much silver is worth before you go. Otherwise, the negotiating charade with silver weighing scales won't mean much to you, in which case you just counter with half the asking price.