DAY 4.- COTOPAXI – INDIGENOUS MARKET – CHIMBORAZO – RIOBAMBA
Markets have been from the old times the encounter places for the communities, in this places people are used to practice the “trueque” which means the interchange of different products, people from the deepest of the mountains come to participate and get whatever items they cannot produce or need at home.
You’ll start this day early in the morning, first you’ll visit one of the local indigenous markets like Pujilí, Saquisilí or Zumbahua (markets have operational days). You’ll walk around the market to discover new fruits and vegetables which are trade with any kind of products even small animals like chickens or the famous guinea pig or cuy.
Back to the bus to take the road, when you’re starting to feel surrounded by fog and it gets colder, you’ll be arriving to the highest mountain in the country, and the closest point from earth to the space, Chimborazo volcano. This inactive volcano is ideal to practice mountain climbing so if you’re an adventure lover you’ll be able to do a short hike to the glaciers of the mountain.
Once the visit is over, you’ll continue to the historical city of Riobamba where you´ll spend the night.