of the most attractive qualities of the Ecuadorian Andes is their
native markets, and also one of the most well-known. Besides the
warm atmosphere, the bustling sounds and smells and the wonderful
colors of these markets, they are selling everything from freash
fruit to rain-sticks. There are markets which specialize in produce,
like Saquisili and there are others focusing on clothing and gifts,
like Otavalo. No matter which market you decide to go to, you will
be guaranteed to be awed by the life that fills the air there, and
by the things you'll see.
course the most famous market of them all is a couple hours north
of Quito, it´s called Otavalo. This market is so well known because
the focus of it is on the traveler and so they sell things like
ponchos and pipes and many other bags and clothes that are beautifully
colored and traditionally made by same the hands that sell them.
Here is a list of some of the most visited markets in the Ecuadorian
Highlands and when they´re open to help you better plan your market
List of Open Markets
Domigo de los Colorados, Pujili, Cuenca, Otavalo and Park
El Ejido (Quito)
Otavalo, Cuenca and Riobamba
Latacunga, and Park El Ejido (Quito)
will find that in cities, and even fair-sized towns, there are a
number of artisans selling their goods every day (maybe except sunday).
Although it´s less accepted to bargain in a store, the prices of
the crafts and clothes will be surprisingly...pleasant. When you
go to an open-air market you´ll get your chance to try out your
bargaining skills, and to help you with that, here is a list of
how much things should cost in markets, approximately.