One of the highlights of Ecuador lies in the strength of its indigenous communtiiesEcuador is famous for its colorful indigenous markets. The most famous of them, Otavalo, explodes into a sprawling smorgasborg of exotic colors, sounds, and smells every Saturday, as thousands of local artists and crafts people bargain with an international mix of travelers. Ecuador, especially the Sierra region, is filled with other markets in addition to Otavalo; below is a schedule of some of the more well known ones.In isolated highland regions, village markets are the lifeblood of the local community. They are liveliest in the hours just after dawn, when indigenous farmers and traders in traditional costume arrive by the busload, laden down with fresh produce or livestock to sell and awaiting the latest gossip from neighbouring villages.

Much of Ecuador's strength and beauty lies in the strength of its indigenous communities which explains why the various  colorful indigenous markets around Ecuador are a highlight of any trip. In isolated highland regions, village markets are the lifeblood of the local community. They are liveliest in the hours just after dawn, when indigenous farmers and traders  arrive by the busload, laden down with fresh produce or livestock to sell and awaiting the latest gossip from neighboring villages.

 

 

 

 

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