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Stroll through the traditional indigenous market in Guamote
Galapagos PRO recommendation: This tour should not be missing in your Ecuador experience. You can go on your own or book a guided tour with us.
If you want to discover one of the most authentic markets in Ecuador, you can visit the Thursday market in Guamote, located in the south of Riobamba. Every Thursday, the streets and squares of the small town are filled with life and there is a colorful hustle and bustle of the many indigenous people with their colorful ponchos and typical hats. The locals come here to buy or sell sheep, pigs, cattle, fruits, grain, handicrafts, clothes and tools. The market in Guamote is one of the few markets in the country that still engage in countertrade. Stroll along the many booths, try some exotic fruit and purchase souvenirs.
This tour will take you to the animal market 2 km away from Guamote, before visiting the main market in the center of the village. After enjoying this immersion in the local culture where all your senses will be awaken with its colours, sounds, smells, tastes, you will be lead to one of the community projects organized a the local association. Back to the guest house, a warm coffee with "empanada" (local filled salty pies) will be waiting for you.
Note: Guamote is also the departure point for the most direct entrance to Sangay National Park, that has been listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site for its natural wealth as its hosts a great concentration of biodiversity. A tour to this area on the day before or the day after the market is perfect to complete take with you an unforgettable experience!