Colorful textiles, fresh produce, and musical instruments are just a few of the things you can find at markets in Ecuador. Markets are crucial elements in Ecuadorian life, both for social and financial reasons. As a traveler, these markets are wonderful places to observe local culture and find a few items for friends and family back home. The town of Otavalo hosts one of the country's most famous markets every Saturday, drawing hundreds of visitors. Other cities have markets throughout the week, providing you with ample opportunities to shop for felt hats, jewelry, and fresh fruit.