Local Markets

Andean tradition thrives in this area and local markets provide many opportunities to observe how people have been trading for thousands of years

Andean tradition thrives in this area and local markets provide many opportunities to observe how people have been trading for thousands of years.  You may be bargaining for a poncho, fresh fruit and produce, fried bread, or a rope to tie your brand new llama or Black Sheep!

Local markets only happen on specific days of the week.  Below you can see which markets might coincide with your visit to the area.  The Saquisilí Market on Thursday is best seen while traveling in to the Black Sheep Inn, or on the day of your departure.

daytownnotesdistance from Black Sheep Inn
MondayGuantualoA very small, non-touristy, rural community market.No direct road, but a lovely 3 hour hike each way.
TuesdayLatacungaA large market spreading across two plazas in the center of town. Very colorful. Gross views in the slaughter house and meat market.2 hours by car
WednesdayPujilíSmall — the Sunday market is bigger.2 hours by car
Thursday

*Best Market*
SaquisilíEconomically one of the most important markets in Cotopaxi Province.  The entire community comes alive with vendors on every street corner selling everything imaginable throughout the village.2 hours by car
FridayNo MarketVendors preparing for Saturday Market fill the plazas in Latacunga. 
Saturday

*Best Market*
ZumbahuaA morning market surrounded by rocky peaks. Very indigenous and colorful.  Lots of llamas.  Market ends by 1-2 pm.1 hour by car
SaturdayLatacungaMuch bigger than Tuesday’s market.2 hours by car
SundayChugchilán, Sigchos & PujilíLocal markets add life to the otherwise sleepy villages of Chugchilán, Sigchos & Pujilí5 minute walk to Chugchilán,
45 minutes to Sigchos.

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Local Markets

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