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Plaza Civica

Cuenca, Ecuador
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Ranked #18 of 26 Attractions in Cuenca
Type: Flea/ Street Markets, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Cultural
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Owner description: This busy and popular market features clothes, pottery and other local crafts unique to Cuenca.
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Cocoa Beach, Florida
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27 reviews 27 reviews
4 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

Barren and nothing but concrete. Nearby farmers market was crowded and nothing new. Noisy traffic, no shade or artwork and uncomfortable benches had me leaving the area after five minutes.

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Cuenca, Azuay, Ecuador
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

We really loved this zoo. As others have noted, be ready to climb. We were there to witness lunch for the lions, which was fun to watch.

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Santiago, Chile
18 reviews 18 reviews
13 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

The mercado is very good, huge and clean ; the atmosphere is pleasant, even though some vendedores really want you as a customer (if you're a gringo, everything will cost 1$, not less). We bought a lot of vegetables and fruits there, and it was excellent. When you are not familiar with exotic fruits, you can also try a lot... More

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Cuenca, Ecuador
3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

Cutest place for pottery, woven baskets and bags, simple woodwork furniture and utensils. Really cute kiosks. Everything is already well-priced but easy to negotiate.

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Palo Alto, California
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155 reviews 155 reviews
52 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2013

Maybe visiting near Xmas is ill advised? Same stuff in each stall but great people watching that reflects Ecuador's diversity. There are other artisan shops nearby with similar & more varied selection.

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Top Contributor
146 reviews 146 reviews
26 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013 via mobile

This is great place to pick up local items to take back with you. You have a great advantage if you speak the language. Everything is negotiable.

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Cuenca, Ecuador
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118 reviews 118 reviews
52 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2013

This is a great, typical Latin America market with a bit of everything. As residents we often return here to buy various household items for the kitchen. They have lots of souvenir items at great prices (be sure to "haggle").

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Houston, TX
15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2012

All that Cuenca is known for is found in the Civic Plaza including great historic buildings, good food and lovely surroundings.

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Cuenca, Ecuador
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79 reviews 79 reviews
15 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012

Great place to shop for your local traditional arts and crafts! This is also located next to the 9 de Octubre mercado (market). I was glad we visited and did some last minute shopping!

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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2012

This market serves both tourists and locals alike. You can't help but like the many examples of textiles and woolen blankets, sweaters, and ponchos offered by the many merchants. And if you are a local looking to buy a pair of knock off shoes or some kitchen supplies, you will surely find vendors hocking their wares. Bargain hard for the... More

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