Mercado Indigena
Mercado Indigena
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Martin B
Stockbridge, UK71 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
We visited the market early on a Thursday morning with a guide. We were careful but experienced no problems with theft; perhaps two of you with a guide and no backpack is a difficult prospect. Our guide was careful to leave the car in a closed parking.
The market is very extensive over 6 or 7 squares. Full of locals; we only saw one other couple who looked European. Not at all orientated to selling tourist tat, lots of foodstuffs, animals and birds of all descriptions and so on, plus food stalls. If you want to experience a genuine, large local market, rather than one heavily affected by tourism, this is the place to go. Highly recommended.
Written 14 May 2023
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chrisxxxx
Düsseldorf, Germany27 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Beware of thieves! our guided tour to Quilotoa stopped at this market. you'd better stay on the bus. Several members of our group were robbed one after the other. there is nothing here that you cannot see on the free walking tour in quito. there are several robbers that together squeeze on one person. even if you
clinch on your phone in your pocket, they can snatch it from you.
Written 6 December 2020
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Shatiel
Belfast, UK747 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Solo
Stopped here on our way to quilotoa and it was my first time seeing and indigenous market. I found it very intresting and authentic. Almost everything I asked for costed a dollar (bread, "pancakes", fruit, meat) and it was really great to see the locals selling and buying, especially the older women in their traditional clothers.
Written 19 July 2018
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Pit L
Valparaiso, Chile89 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Friends
There is nothing 'artisanal' about this place; it is a working market that swells the town of Saquisilí on Thursdays. I'm not sure why there is the half-hearted 'indigenous market' angle; country folk of all stripes (indeed including highly indigenous people) are about. You don't need to take much money with you; keep most of it in a security belt. About $25 a head ought to be fine. If you're a bit of a clown or mobility- impaired, you can pay someone a lot to drive you, but for the others, the best way to get there from Quito is to take city buses to the southern Quitumbe terminal (took 50 minutes to get there from La Floresta starting just before 7am), and a bus - some of the buses will farm Saquisilí passengers off to another bus at a turnoff from the highway, others will go straight there. The bus cost a less than $2.50. The livestock market requires a short pick up truck taxi (get a legal one with a green registration number on the door) - they charged $2.50 for our group, but locals deservingly get a better deal. The livestock is quite interesting if you are an animal lover (but not a vegetarian activist!); hairy donkeys, llamas and other camelids, a variety of pigs, sheep, goats, cattle. Back in town, the best lunch is cuy asado (charcoal-grilled guinea pig) at one of the small restaurants at the side of the various plazas serving as market squares; inside the plazas, there's a spirit of gouging the overenthusiastic tourist. The cheesy pikelets are also illuminating. Yes, there are pickpockets, but try not to take much in the way of bags, or phones, or wallets. The point is to experience a fantastic market, not to buy up on tat, although there are modest amounts of that available; it isn't really a dedicated tourist trap. Can't recommend this place highly enough.
Written 5 July 2018
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alaskantravelnut
Anchorage644 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018 • Couples
This is an extensive, colorful, and very interesting market spread over at least three plazas. There are lots of indigenous vendors selling all kinds of things including fruits and vegetables, animals, furniture, and clothing. Lots of cooked food for sale as well. However, there are a lot of thieves who prey on tourists and very little police presence to deter them. A common scam is for the thief to secretly spray your backpack with some messy substance, and then offer you a napkin to clean it off to distract you while he picks your pocket. Others work in teams where someone will suddenly stop walking in front of you causing you to stop and presumably causing the person behind you to bump into you while they pick your pocket. This market is well worth visiting, but be extra careful because it is thick with thieves,
Written 18 February 2018
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gr33nsp1der
Bangor, UK200 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Friends
This was a great cultural experience. We managed to catch the end of the Thursday livestock market, and then went round the fruit and other stalls. It's the biggest market I've ever seen, and the most interesting. There are a few stalls for jewellery and pictures but mostly it serves local need, and I liked it that way.

The street food in the livestock market looked really appetising but I must admit I was a bit cowardly about trying it as my digestive system was not yet used to the local cuisine. My husband enjoyed one of the corn cakes stuffed with cheese.

The traders are happy for you to take pictures of the livestock and goods if you ask but don't like having their picture taken, so don't expect an enthusiastic welcome if you are waving a camera around. Someone warned us that pickpockets were about so we kept together and kept a close eye on our belongings. Shame to have to do that, because apart from that the market had a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.
Written 25 October 2017
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vox69nn
Medina, OH2,175 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Friends
Open only on Thursday, this is a huge market which spreads across several different plazas in the small town of Saquisili. It is not really tourist oriented although there certainly are booths which offer souvenir type merchandise. But mainly this is for the people - produce, animals (both for eating and as beasts of burden), clothing and shoes (much of it used), tools and household goods (again mostly used), herbal supplements, small appliances. There are food stalls everywhere. Try the little round corn cakes stuffed with cheese! I noted a review from "Cymopterus" of Salt Lake City titled "Beware of Pickpockets". Wish I had seen it before I went to the market. Of course I was well aware of the risks in Quito but was way off my guard here - the market is certainly full of photo ops, and I was taking pictures left and right both with my I phone and my Canon. The I-phone did not survive the visit in my possession. Fortunately it was almost at the end of the trip (and I still had the Canon). The phone was pick pocketed and was used for about 3 days until I had a chance to report it. So I was ticked off to say the least. Were it not for that, I would probably have rated this Excellent!!!
Written 20 October 2017
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CarolineArizona_11
Tucson, AZ39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • Friends
This is one of the outstanding cultural experiences of my life. Find a way to see both the livestock market and the seemingly endless food markets. You never imagined that a pig had so many parts that could be fried! Or that you could take live guinea pigs home in a sack to cook later. Only open on Thursdays.
Written 9 June 2016
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Rob W
Dublin, Ireland119 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2015 • Couples
Having visited a few markets in Ecuador including Ibarra, Otavolo and some of the coastal ones - I found Saquisili one of the most genuine.
I arrived on Wednesday off the Quilotoa loop and found the pre market (wholesale), pretty cool - with workers carrying huge amounts of produce (multiple bags of carrots, potatoes etc) on their heads.

I visited the animal market on Thursday - a little out of town, but pretty cool with llama, sheep, pigs, cows etc - although cruel at times was interesting. I would recommend Otavolo Saturday market as better for animals. There are 6 or 7 other markets around town, pretty much all devoted to locals - so not great if you are looking for souvenirs.

Normally markets like these are really friendly - but even taking general pictures a lot of people are pretty miserable shouting at you stop (even when you are taking pictures of the distant volcano cotopaxi or only animals), seems like a lot of people just want to have a moan. The people in the food stalls are generally friendly.

As a cool market I would recommend it - just it is not a very good place to go as a tourist, so it shouldn't be marketed as an attraction.
Written 16 January 2016
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Indiana_Jonesse
San Francisco, CA7,370 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015 • Friends
We visited this place and learned about many different fruits that are not available or seen back home. There was nothing out that made as say "farout". But the visit was nice to learn of different fruits, their varieties, how there are over 50 different variety of potatoes. That's about it.
Written 19 June 2015
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