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Address: Riobamba, Ecuador

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The real thing: a highlands country fair

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 12, 2016
Pieter M
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Stellenbosch, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 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 stars Reviewed April 3, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 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 stars Reviewed February 27, 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 stars Reviewed February 20, 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 stars Reviewed May 29, 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 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 stars Reviewed January 31, 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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