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is a town
A town is a human settlement larger than a village but smaller than a city. The size a settlement must be in order to be called a "town" varies considerably in different parts of the world, so that, for example, many American "small towns" seem to British people to be no more than villages, while...
in the Cotopaxi Province
Cotopaxi is one of the provinces of Ecuador. The capital is Latacunga. The province contains the Cotopaxi Volcano, an intermittent volcano with a height of 19,388 feet.- Cantons :The province is divided into 7 cantons...
Ecuador , officially the Republic of Ecuador is a representative democratic republic in South America, bordered by Colombia on the north, Peru on the east and south, and by the Pacific Ocean to the west. It is one of only two countries in South America, along with Chile, that do not have a border...
. It is the seat of the Saquisilí Canton
Saquisilí Canton is a canton of Ecuador, located in the Cotopaxi Province. Its capital is the town of Saquisilí. Its population at the 2001 census was 20,815.65% of the population is indigenous and 35% mestizo....
Sasquisilí is located about 25 minutes from Latacunga and 2.5 hours from Quito. The town, located off the Pan-American Highway, is best known for the local market held in its eight plazas on Thursdayshttp://www.vivatravelguides.com/south-america/ecuador/andean-highlands/central-highlands/quilotoa-loop/saquisili/
. Unlike Otavalo
Otavalo, capital of Otavalo Canton, is a largely indigenous town in the Imbabura Province of Ecuador. The town has about 50,000 inhabitants and is surrounded by the peaks of Imbabura 4,630m, Cotacachi 4,995m, and Mojanda volcanoes.- The market :...
, the market is mainly for locals from the highlands who come to buy pots and pans, electronics, herbal remedies, livestock or producehttp://www.thebestofecuador.com/saquisi.htm/
. To go to the animal market, arrive between 7 and 9 a.m.
There is traditional food available, but the market is still based around indigenous life rather than the tourist trade.