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Colorful Indian Markets

Ecuador is well known for its indigenous markets which explode in an array of exotic colours, sounds and smell where you will meet hundreds of local craft people dealing with international travellers.

Day tours to these special locations seek to facilitate the kind of cultural exchange between the traveller and the people living in these destination spots.
Our tours include transportation, guidance and lunch at old colonial haciendas or beautiful country inns.  Among the most known markets we recommend:

Otavalo:  daily departures, special market day: Saturdays
Handicrafts at the famous Poncho Plaza.  Cotacachi (leather products). San Antonio de Ibarra (beautiful wood carvings).  On Saturdays there is also an animal market in Otavalo.

Photos by: Karen Schulman
Photos by: Karen Schulman

A great opportunity for you to see these families working together to sell their products at the fair.  These are very proud people who have not lost their cultural identity despite the fact that Otavalo Indians travel all around the world selling their goods.

Latacunga:  Tuesdays and Saturdays
Travel along the Avenue of the Volcanoes.  Handicrafts and food market.

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Pujilí:  Wednesdays and Sundays
Crossing the Latacunga valley we found this authentic indigenous food market and the opportunity to see their original ceramic workshops.

Saquisili:  Thursdays
Travel along the Avenue of the Volcanoes to find this interesting food, animal and craft market.

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