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Dec 29, 2011 - A grand day out

Today I rolled out of bed and hopped in a car to go to the indigenous market at Saquisili. This market is the real deal; no BS just a lot of meat, live animals and no gringos...well, except for one. While I didn't find any chicken legs or fried guinea pig, I did find some original artwork for my mum sold by the artist. The market was huge and impressive...I'm sure you could buy anything you heart desires there. Also of note was the indigenous dress; both men and women wore a fedora type hat. But more than a fashion statement these hats...

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Ecuador 2011

Jul 17, 2008 - Saquisili Market

We started the day with a pick up at 7am for a trip to a local market south of Quito. We visited the animal market first then went to the general market selling vegetables (including more potatoes than I believed anyone could eat), fruit, beans, rice and lots of other foods. There were also many stands selling cooked food like at a fair but one of the delights was whole cooked pig's head! There also was a smaller section of tourist goods for sale and we bought some carved gourds, necklaces, carved dagger for Brian, a carved box for David,...

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Ecuador 2008

Sep 2, 2006 - Ecuador: Saquisili

The first day in Latacunga I took the bus to Saquisili to see their weekly market which is supposed to be a very important market for economic forecasting. I got there a bit late and missed the animal market but caught the regular market where I met a woman who says she recognized me from Otavalo a month earlier...I don't know....they are pretty good business people! but then again....I am unforgettable!

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Sep 2, 2006 - Ecuador: Chuchilan, Quilotoa Loop

Hotel: Hostal Mama Hilde. 14.00 a night including breakfast and dinner. Nice people and hostal. Would have been more fun if I wasn't the only one! The Quilotoa loop is a beat up and bumpy unpaved road that begins in Latacunga and winds through some of the most spectacular Andean scenery in Ecuador. It needs a few days to comfortably explore the highlights. I decided to stay two nights at the halfway point in Chuchilan and make my way to Quilotoa from there. It was quite a trip by bus and was truly beautiful. I got especially lucky in being...

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May 19, 2006 - Quilotoa, Ecuador

Friday morning I got to the Latacunga bus terminal at 6:30am to catch the first bus heading out towards Quilotoa. I had heard I may need to piece together the transportation to the crater so I wanted to get an early jump before the weather could change in the afternoon. At the terminal I met Eva, a much older woman form the Czech Republic who was also planning on seeing the crater. We ate breakfast in the terminal together while waiting for the bus and then headed out together. We first took the bus about 2 hours out to Zambuhua, and got...

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May 18, 2006 - Saquisili, Ecuador

One of the main factors pushing me to get into Latacunga on Wednesday night straight from Cuenca was the ability to then visit the large local market at Saquisili on Thursday morning. The Lonely Planet describes: "Saquisili's Thuersday-morning moarket is for the inhabitants of remote indigenous villages, most of whom are recognized by their felt porkpie hats and red ponchos. Ecuadorian economists consider this to be the most import indigenous village market in the country, and many travellers rate it as the most interestin in...

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Oct 28, 2005 - Quilotoa, Ecuador Oct. 28

Friday, October 28, 2005: We spent last night in the Quilotoa Cabanas hostal, which is run by a local family. It was a great experience staying there. It you gave you a little taste of the life in the countryside, though certainly the good life. The place was very basic but comfortable and homey. In the main communal room there was a warm fire where people gathered. The husband roasted "cuy" (guinea pig) in the open flame, while some of the women prepared rest of the dinner, including a freshly slaughtered chicken. We were not served cuy...

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May 30, 2005 - Ecuador - Chugchilan

The Quilitoa Circuit This is a popular route which preserves an authentic feel in the many small villages and vast expanses of countryside. It is possible to complete using a series of buses. We had decided to stay halfway through the circuit in a village called Chugchilan. To get to Chugchilan (3200m) we took a 4hr bus from Latacunga through Zumbahua where there was a Rodeo in progress. It was nice watching out of the window at the villagers and the incredible scenery. Chugchilan is a small village with a central square and small clusters...

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Dec 10, 2004 - Chugchilan

The scenery her is some of the most spectacular in Ecuador, but this is a very small town with only possibilities for hiking around the mountains. I am here for the views going around the Quilotoa loop- I have to get the bus out of town at 3am. (and you thought this gig was all fun and glitz)

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Sep 9, 2004 - Chugchilán & Mama Hilda's

Kevin: The ride to Chugchilán along the Quilotoa Loop was pretty good--great views of the mountains and volcanoes and countryside of this part of Ecuador, only sometimes obscured by low-lying clouds (which more often added an ethereal quality to the scene, anyway). Imagine the upstate New York Sleepy Hollow area, only much bigger, and certainly colder! Ellen: I found the ride pretty scary at times. The road is barely big enough for two cars, and the drop offs were very steep. When the clouds were there, you couldn't see a foot outside the...

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Jul 7, 2004 - Chugchilan & Quilotoa, Ecuador

11.30am bus to Chugchilan. 4 hr bus journey through the highlands, with amazing scenery. Stayed at Mama Hildas. 10 dollars each with dinner included. Very basic, with sporadic (non-existant?) hot water. Chugchilan very small and full of dogs. Great views across the canyon though. Felt a bit trapped there ´cause bus service was so bad, 1 a day in either direction. Nice meal in evening with everyone else at the hostel. Next day caught the 4:30am (!!!) local bus to Quilotoa which was packed so much we thought it was going to tip over. Got to...

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