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Pujili, Ecuador - Ceramics, Pottery & Traditional Market (Sunday & Wednesday)

Ecuador travel blog by Mark Berman - July 2015   » View Photoset (60 Photos)

Mark Berman, South America backpacker for 10yrs!
I spent the night in Latacunga and took a taxi at around 7:30am to Pujili which took 15mins and cost $5USD. It was a Wednesday which was lucky
Ecuador Photo - Wood carving outside a house in Pujili, the face of a bearded man.
Wood carving outside a house in Pujili, the face of a bearded man.
because Pujili's market days are Wednesdays and Sundays. I hadn't planned to see the markets especially, more to have a look around town because I was going to nearby Saquisili later that day for their big Thursday market. Market tours are available!

Township and Stone Church

I started out at the plaza where the stone church and other well-kept buildings are located. From here I explored and found a small market called Mercado Rosalino Ruiz Arroyo opposite a monument of an indigenous woman sitting cross-legged, this is probably Rosalino! I made my way to the pink and white church clock tower that I could see back
Ecuador Photo - Nice place to look around in Pujili, the government gardens.
Nice place to look around in Pujili, the government gardens.
beside the plaza. This turned out to be the government buildings and it's possible to go inside and have a look, it's very cool.

Inside the Government Buildings

Inside the entrance is a beautiful patio with gardens, fountains and large murals of important local people, it's called the Jardin de Illustres Pujilenses. The people included are of religion, politics, justice, independence, music, journalism and war. On the other side of the gardens are a dozen or so life-size wooden figures playing musical instruments. There are also many information boards on the walls showing the culture and traditions of the area. It's quite a sight and possibly the best in town apart from or including the markets!

Breakfast at the Central Markets

It was time now for me to eat some breakfast
Ecuador Photo - Mountains of fruit for sale at Pujili market, grapes, oranges, apples.
Mountains of fruit for sale at Pujili market, grapes, oranges, apples.
and the best place to find that is at the Central Markets, this is the big market in Pujili. The most popular local meal in Pujili, Latacunga and other places in this area of Ecuador is this (one that I have eaten many times because it's so delicious) - fried mashed pototoes with fried egg on top with meat and salad! They serve it in the markets and restaurants in town too. You can also have soup but the chicken soup is never good in markets early in the morning because the meat hasn't cooked properly, trust me! Or, you can have a plate of rice with meat etc.

Indigenous Come From Far

As usual the market has all kinds of stuff for sale - fruit and veg, household things, big blocks of sugar, fish that comes overnight from the coast and of
Ecuador Photo - Quechua woman peels green beans at the Pujili market.
Quechua woman peels green beans at the Pujili market.
course other meats. This market is almost totally indigenous and draws people from the surrounding villages and towns. The quality of products like clothing at markets like this are always much higher than in city shops.

Staircase to the Lookout

The town doesn't have a lot more to see but at the back of Pujili on the hill is a huge colored staircase that you can climb up for amazing views of the town and area.

Sights Along the Road

From the market I decided to walk a couple of kms out of town towards the main highway to see what I could find along the way. I walked past a guinea pig restaurant, a gold statue and park, a few interesting murals and the monument of 3 carnival figures called Al Danzante (The Dancer). Then I noticed some ceramics being made from outside a house so I walked in and had a look and took a few photos. I walked until I got to the big monument of 3 people at the junction
Ecuador Photo - A mural of people using racks or mops in Pujili.
A mural of people using racks or mops in Pujili.
near the town of La Victoria (another town of ceramics and pottery, at 3008 metres). This is a monument of a woman making ceramics, a man doing pottery and another man squishing clay with his feet. I knew of the monuments along this road from having passed through Pujili a few years earlier on my way to Quilotoa Lagoon - I enjoyed having a look around Pujili this time.

20mins to Saquisili

From the monument I waved down a bus and headed back to Latacunga (20mins) and got my things from the hotel and took a taxi to Saquisili for a couple of nights (20mins, $5USD).

     

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Map location: Pujili, Ecuador. I stopped in Pujili on my way to Saquisili, it's known for its ceramics, pottery & traditional market! Take a bus from Latacunga.
 A : Latacunga - Ecuador 11 kms 11 kms straight distance | 20mins 20mins by car (13 kms) | 24mins 24mins by bus (13 kms) (13 kms)
 B : Saquisili - Ecuador 14 kms 14 kms straight distance | 34mins 34mins by car (28 kms) | 40mins 40mins by bus (28 kms) (28 kms)
 C : Ambato - Ecuador 33 kms 33 kms straight distance | 1hr 2mins 1hr 2mins by car (54 kms) | 1hr 14mins 1hr 14mins by bus (54 kms) (54 kms)
 D : Machachi - Ecuador 51 kms 51 kms straight distance | 56mins 56mins by car (64 kms) | 1hr 7mins 1hr 7mins by bus (64 kms) (64 kms)
 E : Quilotoa Lagoon - Ecuador 27 kms 27 kms straight distance | 1hr 15mins 1hr 15mins by car (65 kms) | 1hr 30mins 1hr 30mins by bus (65 kms) (65 kms)
 F : Banos - Ecuador 57 kms 57 kms straight distance | 1hr 32mins 1hr 32mins by car (89 kms) | 1hr 50mins 1hr 50mins by bus (89 kms) (89 kms)
 G : Riobamba & Colta Lagoon - Ecuador 78 kms 78 kms straight distance | 1hr 47mins 1hr 47mins by car (111 kms) | 2hrs 8mins 2hrs 8mins by bus (111 kms) (111 kms)
 H : Quito - Ecuador 96 kms 96 kms straight distance | 1hr 50mins 1hr 50mins by car (126 kms) | 2hrs 12mins 2hrs 12mins by bus (126 kms) (126 kms)
 I : Mitad del Mundo - Ecuador 109 kms 109 kms straight distance | 2hrs 7mins 2hrs 7mins by car (140 kms) | 2hrs 32mins 2hrs 32mins by bus (140 kms) (140 kms)
 J : Quito Zoo in Guayllabamba - Ecuador 106 kms 106 kms straight distance | 2hrs 2mins 2hrs 2mins by car (141 kms) | 2hrs 26mins 2hrs 26mins by bus (141 kms) (141 kms)
 K : Puyo - Ecuador 95 kms 95 kms straight distance | 2hrs 42mins 2hrs 42mins by car (147 kms) | 3hrs 14mins 3hrs 14mins by bus (147 kms) (147 kms)
 L : Guaranda - Ecuador 77 kms 77 kms straight distance | 2hrs 31mins 2hrs 31mins by car (150 kms) | 3hrs 1min 3hrs 1min by bus (150 kms) (150 kms)
 M : Cayambe - Ecuador 126 kms 126 kms straight distance | 2hrs 44mins 2hrs 44mins by car (177 kms) | 3hrs 16mins 3hrs 16mins by bus (177 kms) (177 kms)
 N : Mindo - Ecuador 101 kms 101 kms straight distance | 3hrs 25mins 3hrs 25mins by car (210 kms) | 4hrs 6mins 4hrs 6mins by bus (210 kms) (210 kms)
 O : Tena - Ecuador 98 kms 98 kms straight distance | 4hrs 2mins 4hrs 2mins by car (229 kms) | 4hrs 50mins 4hrs 50mins by bus (229 kms) (229 kms)
Driving times are accurate but approximate and are listed in the order of driving distance! Drive times are always affected by weather conditions, the terrain, time of day, altitude, dinner and bathroom stops, animals on the road, protests, a fast or slow bus driver, police checkpoints, border and river crossings, dropping off and picking up passengers etc. These drive times are obtained from Google Maps and are meant as a guide. Note however, times quoted in the main text of this page are exactly as the author experienced it.


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