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Indigenous Markets in Ecuador

Indigenous Markets in Ecuador

Ecuador is famous for its colorful indigenous markets. The most famous of them, Otavalo, explodes into a sprawling smorgasbord of exotic colors, sounds, and smells every Saturday, as thousands of local artists and crafts people bargain with an international mix of travelers. Ecuador, especially the Sierra region, is filled with other markets in addition to Otavalo; below is a schedule of some of the more well known ones.

Market schedule:

Sunday: Santo Domingo de los Colorados, Otavalo, and Park El Ejido in Quito
Tuesday: Latacunga, Otavalo
Wednesday: Pujili, Otavalo
Thursday: Saquisili, Otavalo
Saturday: Otavalo, Latacunga, Zumbahua, and Park El Ejido in Quito


Larger cities, such as Quito and Cuenca, also have a large selection of shops that sell traditional folkloric pieces to fine paintings. Furthermore, with the advent of the Internet, it is also possible to get great Ecuadorian handcrafts from the comfort of your home.

*This information was kindly submitted by www.ecuadorexplorer.com, where it was originally published in their Indigenous Markets page.


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