Otavalo is a couple of hours north of Quito, and on arrival you’ll check-in at a small, locally-owned colonial hotel near the centre of the town. After you’ve settled in the rest of the day are yours to explore. Otavalo isn’t all that big so you can see a lot on foot, and there are some great places to eat and drink. The star attraction is Otavalo Market – a hive of activity where the locals buy and sell fresh produce, and one of the best places in Ecuador to buy handcrafted textiles and souvenirs. Saturdays are particularly lively with people travelling from all over the country to buy and sell.