The Saquisili Market is a bustling weekly market in the Cotopaxi Province of
Ecuador. Every Thursday, vendors from all over the highlands
come to the market to sell their wares and show of the product
of their labors. The colorful blend of textiles, heaping piles
of produce, and local people in traditional Andean clothing
with black fedoras is a sight to behold.
While the Otavalo Market is recently geared more towards tourists passing
through, the Saquisili Market caters to locals who come from
the highlands to buy pots and pans, electronics, herbal
remedies, livestock or produce. The market spreads across
eight plazas, each themed with different products, such as
livestock, textiles, produce, and house wares. Throughout the
market you may come across odds and ends like bumper stickers,
furniture, broken radios and crucifixes.
Arrive early to experience the lively animal market, which usually winds down
around 9 am. The streets are filled with sounds of alpacas,
sheep, cows, donkeys, pigs and chickens as they are passed
between bartering hands. Delicious traditional foods are sold
throughout, including many varieties of potatoes. Saquisili
can also be argued to be the best place to try the traditional
guinea pig dish.
The Saquisili Market is an optimal place to experience a
mixture of cultures and products. This important social and
cultural event brings Indians from many different communities
together. It has existed since Pre-Columbian times and
continues to thrive today as a locally sustained market.
Visiting the Saquisili Market will bring you a unique
cultural experience while you peruse the delicious and
colorful goods. Travel to Saquisili with our Haciendas of Ecuador tour.