On Sunday we checked out Otavalo’s famous Saturday market. Pretty standard market fare really nothing that wowed us, veggies, meats, grains, household products and clothing. There is also in this case lots of tourist nik naks, jewellery, textiles and ceramics.
If your only visiting Ecuador then yes I guess it’s worth a visit, particularly as Otavalo is only a couple hours from Quito making it possible to even do this as a day trip.
If your on a long travel though and have visit several big markets either from the North or South and at all concerned about time, personally I’d skip it, you wouldn’t be missing anything.
If you do make the trip however then be reassured the town is nice, La Cosecha is a lovely coffee shop serving toasted bagel and great soy hot-chocolates and there’s a great one hour hike out of town to see some waterfalls, so I’m sure you’ll still have a really nice day, we did.