The best Ecuador cultural tours always include a visit to one or two of the many weekly indigenous markets in Ecuador.
There are two types of Indian market in Ecuador.
Firstly there are the popular and well-visited handicraft markets which offer the visitor a colourful selection of the various ‘artesanias’ produced across Ecuador. The most famous handicraft market in Ecuador is that which is held daily in the northern town of Otavalo.
Secondly there are the more traditional and less-visited highland markets where one can observe the local indigenous people going about their weekly activities, trading in animals, fruits, vegetables, clothing and tools. To wander through an authentic Ecuadorian market such as the Guamote market near Riobamba can be a fascinating experience.
Visiting an indigenous market in Ecuador, besides all the wonderful smells, sounds and colours, will give you an intriguing insight into the cultural diversity that this small nation enjoys.