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 CRAFTS AND INDIGENOUS MARKETS IN ECUADOR
Otavalo market [photo Dominic Hamilton]
Ecuador is famous for its colorful indigenous markets. The most famous of them, Otavalo, explodes into a sprawling smorgasbord 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 selling everything from fresh fruit to rain-sticks, in addition to the most well know Otavalo market; focusing on clothing and gifts, with ponchos and pipes and many other bags and clothes that are beautifully colored and traditionally made by same the hands that sell them

To help you enjoy these markets, click here for schedule of some of the more well known ones.

Larger cities, such as Quito and Cuenca, also have a large selection of shops that sell traditional folkloric pieces to fine paintings. Furthermore, with the advent of the Internet, it is also possible to get great Ecuadorian handcrafts from the comfort of your home.

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