Authentic Zumbahua and Pujili Markets

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Authentic Zumbahua and Pujili Markets

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Destination for this trip:

Ecuador; Quito, Ecuador

Length of trip:

2 days

Approximate price of this trip per person:

from $ 0 to $ 2000

Best travel dates to go:

Any time.

Detailed Description of this trip:

The traditional outdoor Indian markets of the Ecuadorian highlands teem with life and colour. Wander among the locals dressed in their traditional costumes, look at vegetables and fruits you may never have seen before, choose woven wall-hangings and knitted sweaters, or hand-embroidered blouses and dresses, admire the naïf paintings done by the people of Tigua - and all under the canopy of the deep blue Andean sky. This is really a photo opportunity you can't afford to miss. Take for example, the famous market at Saquisili held every Thursday, which has hardly changed in the last 500 years. This small town is located south of Quito, in the midst of arid lands planted with maize and dotted with eucalyptus trees, where the local people's rural lifestyle and festivals have carried on unchanged throughout the centuries. Just as in the old European medieval markets, each square in the town sells different products, some have cattle or poultry, others sell cereals and herbs, others rush mats, and others terracotta pots. The stalls are put together with rustic wooden planks with drapes of cloth to shelter the vendors from the relentless Andean sun. Watch how the locals buy and learn to haggle like them! Market day in the Andes depends on the town. In Pujili it is on Sundays and Wednesdays, in Latacunga on Saturdays and so on. Although the Ecuadorian currency is now the dollar, the tradition of barter is still thriving.

Trip Properties:

Trip Itinerary:

  • Day 1 - Ecuador

    Day Saturday.

    Early morning we drive on the Pan-American Highway to the south to Latacunga from where we drive up to the western Andean range to Zumbahua. This small village has one of the most interesting and authentic Indian markets in Ecuador.


    In the afternoon we return to Lasso where you stay at the Hacienda "La Ciénega" overnight.

  • Day 2 - Quito

    Day Sunday.

    After breakfast we visit the Pujili Indian market.

    Food and Dining

    We have lunch at the colonial Hacienda "La Carriona".


    Return to Quito in the afternoon.

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