In the Ecuadorian Andes Markets Ecuador Tour the turist can find many interesting activities such as visiting traditional ecuadorian markets where many cultural facts can be found, next is a list of 5 traditional ecuadorian markets you must visit in order to “life” and know more about the culture of this country.
Buzzing with activity, Riobamba’s Saturday market, is not as well-known asmany others in the Andean region, however if you want to get a feel for howthe locals live then put this on your list. The city itself comes alive with people from surrounding villages. To see locals wearing ponchos whilst walking goats or carrying rosters under their arms is not an uncommon sight.
Riobamba’s main source of income is agriculture so fresh, ripe produce is plentiful and don’t forget to pop into Mercado La Merced in the city’s centre where you can have a fresh fruit juice chilled with ice hand-carved from the nearby Chimborazo volcano.
A little further south from Riobamba, the Quechua market in Guamote on Saturday is a reasonably well kept secret (from tourists that is, the locals know all about it of course!). Your senses will be overwhelmed by the colourful clothing of the local people and your ears will be filled with the sounds of hundreds of animals. You will feel the authenticity of this market and be aware that the native language of Quechua will be spoken more than Spanish.
It is one the largest indigenous markets in Ecuador and is authentic in character. Beginning in the early hours of the morning, local people start their trek into Saquisili from surrounding towns, villages and dwellings perched high on the mountains, with their goods to sell and barter with. Everything from animals, fresh produce and crafts are available. If you want insight into real Ecuadorian life then this is an experience not to miss. Every Thursday this small town in the Andean mountains converts itself into a bustling market.
Just outside of Latacunga, every Sunday this market still retains its local roots although it has become increasingly popular with visitors on their way to Quilotoa. Best known for clay pottery and ceramics, the quality of the goods is generally better than those found at easier to reach markets. A great place to fill your belly with some of the local dishes.
Otavalo Animal Market
Most people go to Otavalo to visit the main plaza on a Saturday, overflowing with colourful blankets, scarfs, tapestries and everything else in between. However, lesser known, is the animal market just a short drive out side the town. Take in the sights, sounds (and smells) of this hub of activity. Watch indigenous people in trade their livestock, in search of the best deal. You will see everything from cows, goats, pigs, chicks, Guinea pigs and so much more.
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