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Indian Markets

The Indian markets in Ecuador are well-known for their color and diversity. In every region, each community has its own traditional costumes, crafts and cultural characteristics that distinguish it from the other towns. Visitors can hope to encounter everything from wool textiles, native fruits, fresh vegetables and flowers to jewelry, ceramics, baskets, woodcarvings, local paintings, tools and even animals of all shapes and sizes! A trip to any of the abundant Indigenous markets in the country is a step back in time, allowing the traveler the opportunity to gain an insight into the traditional way of life of the Andean village people.


Indian Market Calendar:

  •  Monday: Ambato
  • Tuesday: Latacunga, Guano
  • Wednesday: Pujili, Cotacachi, Peguche, Otavalo
  • Thursday: Saquisili, Cuenca, Guamote
  • Saturday: Otavalo, Zumbagua, Latacunga, Guaranda, Salasacas, Cotacachi, Guano, Loja
  • Sunday: Pujili, Saraguro, Gualaceo, Chordeleg, Guano, Loja, Peguche.

ECI01 Otavalo Indian Market     1 Day

Driving northwards from Quito, your trip begins in the town of Calderon, where the famous bread-dough figures and decorations (“masapan”) are made. We will then head for Cayambe, where we invite you to try the local specialty: biscuits or “Biscochos” before we arrive in the province of Imbabura, also known as “the Province of Lakes”. As we approach Otavalo, you will have stunning views of the San Pablo Lake with the high peak of Imbabura Volcano behind it.

Our next stop is the town of Otavalo, home of the largest indigenous market of its kind in South America. You’ll arrive just in time to bargain for beautiful tapestries, local paintings, hand-knitted wool sweaters, socks and gloves, wood carvings, silver jewelry, embroidered blouses and straw hats, to name only a few of the items on offer.

After lunch (on your own) in one of the local haciendas, we’ll head for Cotacachi, a town renowned for its handmade leather goods. If time allows, we’ll also visit Cuicocha, an ancient, eroded volcanic crater famous for the deep lake found within it. Return to Quito.
Gross Rates per Person in US$:
Pax Number 2 3 4 5 6 7/8 9/10 11/12 13/15 16/20 SS
Gross us$ pp 141 102 79 64 55 50 45 38 34 31 0
  • Included: Private transport, Spanish/English speaking guide, and all entrance fees.


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