Information about the Saquisilí Market near Latacunga, south of Quito. With our Travelling Spanish Classroom we are going to visit that interesting market in the heart of the ecuadorian Highlands.
When you hear about the indigenous markets in Ecuador you first think about the big market in Otavalo (the largest indigenous market in South America). However few travelers are familiar with the other indigenous markets in Ecuador. There are some just a short distance away from Quito.
The market in Latacunga is just one hour south of Quito. It is an excellent market where you can experience first hand the indigenous culture of the highlands. In the market they have a wide range of goods for sale. It is open once a week on Thursday.
One of the most interesting parts of the market is the animal market where the farmers sell cows, sheeps, pigs, rabbits and chicken and the traditional guinea pigs. It is one of the largest livestock markets in Ecuador.
The market is filled with many activities and many things to do. Warch the video about he market:
The market is very different from the one in Otavalo for this livestock market in the fact that many farmers are visiting the market.
In other parts of the market you can find traditional food and textile.
For our students the market is very interested because they can learn a lot about the culture of the indigenous people while enjoying and relaxing day.
Also it is quite good for learning and especially practicing their Spanish skills. If you would like to buy anything you not just have to talk to the people and ask for the price, you have to bargain. Of course the students also will learn a lot of new words, some typically for Ecuador others are common Spanish words like the words of fruits, animals, cloth and handicraft products.