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Address: Riobamba, Ecuador

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Amazing Indigenous Market

They had everything you could think of! The people were really kind. I tried some of the food, and it was delicious. The women all wore beautiful hats, and they had a lot for sale... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 19 August 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2016

They had everything you could think of! The people were really kind. I tried some of the food, and it was delicious. The women all wore beautiful hats, and they had a lot for sale as well. You could walk for hours. It was a very cool experience.

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Stellenbosch, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2016

A great market, completely non-touristy but with extraordinary sights, also in the animal markets. Everything imaginable is tradedhere, from guinea pigs to potato sacks to hats and agricultural instruments.

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Punta Gorda, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2016

My wife and I were traveling around Ecuador and have seen many markets. I think that this ranks at the top for the markets that we have seen so far.

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York, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 March 2016 via mobile

A great place to visit to see indigenous people in a local market. It is spread over several streets and squares. Great to wander and look at the wide variety of goods on sale. The animal market is very special - we saw Guinea pigs, rabbits, chickens and donkeys. This part is about 20 minute walk up the hill towards... More 

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Maleny, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 February 2016

This is a real market...mix with the locals. It is not for the tourist though you are welcome...Great experience...Authentic experience.

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Memphis, Tennessee
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2016

After having been to the market in Otavolo I thought I knew what I was in for with Guamote but I couldn't have been more wrong. The sheer volume of people can be completely overwhelming. Though everyone is kind and willing to haggle with you over prices. I never got a real hang of where you would buy what product... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2014

I passed through Guamote on a Sunday and found it to be a sleepy little town with hardly any tourists. The people are friendly and will wave as you pass by, kids are happy to pose for photographs. Some shoe shiners can be a bit persistent. It makes a nice stop if you are travelling between Riobamba and Alausi.

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2014

Just spent the day in the market in Riobamba. The Quenchua people come from all over to display their goods. From early morning bus loads of indiginous people come carding goods and children on their backs. The main market is fruit and veggies but there is also a market in the Plaza Orientals which is full of clothes and shoes.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2012

I spent some time in Guamote and the Thursday market is the high point of the week. There is a Saturday market in Riobamba but its not a patch on this. This is NOT a tourist market. The Quechua people come from miles around(this is Indian country, not Spanish) and the streets of this unpretentious town are packed full of... More 

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