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Key Facts about Otavalo

Population: 33,000

Time zone: +5h. (GMT -5)

Region: Imbabura,

Currency: USD

Otavalo quality of life rating:

Rating: 4.0

4.0 (4 reviews by our former students)

Visa: Nationals from USA do not require a visa for travelling to Ecuador and attending a language course. Check visa requirements for nationals from other countries.

High season: December

Low season: April

Average course price per week (High season): 133 US$

Average course price per week (Low season): 219 US$

Mains electricity:
  • Plug Type A
  • Plug Type B
  • Residential voltage: 120 V
  • Frequency: 60 Hz

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Events in OtavaloBest time to take a language course in Otavalo

February
Carnaval
Carnaval

February 2022Every year, the Andean people thank Pacha Mama (Mother Earth) for the beautiful, blooming colours of the flowers and to the Sun and the Earth for being the elements responsible for everything so beautiful.

Carnaval
Carnaval

February 2022This is a colourful festival celebrated in many cities and towns. It takes place when flowers and fruits blossom. There are events and parades everywhere, traditional dances, decorations and games.

April
Semana Santa
Semana Santa

April 2022 - April 3Holy Week is a time of reflection. In big cities it is a huge event to remember the pain that Christ suffered to take away our sins. Adults, elders and even children walk through the streets, many of them barefooted carrying big crosses similar to the ones that Jesus carried on the way to Calvary.

May
Labor Day
Labor Day

01 May 2022On this day, many social organisations get together and walk to government buildings remembering the mutual compromise with the country.

June
Local Festivities
Local Festivities

June 2022Held in San Rafael, a small city near Otavalo, La Fiesta de los Corazas y Pendoneros is a great opportunity to discover local customs and traditions. Across two days, traditional dances take place in the streets of the city and locals wear colourful costumes creating an amazing spectacle.

Corpus Christi
Corpus Christi

June 2022Corpus Christi is a festival that mixes faith and culture. Every year, many communities get together and dance, thanking God and nature for the food that has been harvested.

Inti Raymi
Inti Raymi

20 June 2022 - 22 June 2022IntiRaymi is a very special time in the Andean culture. The sun symbolises life and this festival is one of gratefulness for being able to harvest from the earth and appreciating the healing through what nature produces.

San Pedro y San Pablo
San Pedro y San Pablo

June 2022This is a festival that is especially important in the province of Imbabura. A combination of Catholic faith and folklore expressions with dance, fireworks, music and praying.

September
Yamor
Yamor

September 2022Yamor is a festival that combines the pre-Incan culture with the religious faith of the people. This represents the thankfulness to Pacha Mama (Mother Earth). Every year the celebrations get more and more colourful and traditionally people drink "Chicha del Yamor" on this day.

November
2 de Noviembre
2 de Noviembre

02 November 2022This is a tradition that takes place especially in indigenous towns. It is a time to remember those that are no longer with us in this world. Families visit graveyards with the favourite dishes of their loved ones that have passed away and they sit together to eat with them.

December
Navidad
Navidad

24 December 2022 - 25 December 2022Christmas celebration also takes place in the indigenous culture. Indeed, the communities and ancestral towns combine this celebration with the remembering of the blooming: they exchange gifts and thank nature for life and food.

New Year
New Year

31 December 2022 - 01 January 2023New Years in Otavalo has something extra that other places don't have. In addition to traditional fireworks and street parties, you have some strange traditions. At midnight, for example, you burn effigies to send off the old year. Locals believe that the colour of your underwear will determine how the following year will play out, and that running around with a case will bring a year full of travel. It something not to be missed!

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FAQ about schools in Otavalo

  • Instituto Superior de Español has received the best overall rating in Otavalo.
  • Students rated Otavalo with 4.0 stars out of 5.
  • In Otavalo the following courses are offered specifically for business Spanish: Business Spanish Group, Medical Spanish.
  • Schools in Otavalo offer specific preparation courses for the following exams: DELE.
  • See the climate table of Otavalo and the event calendar of Otavalo with events such as Carnaval, Carnaval, Semana Santa.

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