Market sights in Ecuador
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Vendors hock an astounding array of wares at the crafts market on Plaza de Ponchos each and everyday, but Saturday is the principal market day, when the roads jam with visitors and the food market and household goods stalls overflow into adjacent streets.
Plaza de Ponchos is the nucleus of tourist activity, with its staple of woolen goods - such as tapestries, blankets, ponchos, thick hooded sweaters, scarves, gloves, hats and alpaca goods from other regions - in addition to embroidered blouses, hammocks, carvings, jewelry, original paintings and struggling Guayasamín imitations, knit finger puppets, clay pipes, fake shrunken heads, handbags and woven mats. The mostly…
The food market sells produce and household goods for the locals. While you might have little use for an enormous cauliflower, it's an interesting place to visit.
Built in 1907, the handsome, steel Mercado Sur is a Belgian-designed covered market and was once the biggest marketplace in Guayaquil. Sometimes called the Crystal Palace, it has been restored with giant glass walls and is periodically filled with art and commercial exhibitions.