Saturday, June 21st, 2003 – Day 123 (Part A)

Saturday, June 21st, 2003 – Day 123

PART A

Zumbahua is a typical mountain market where llamas and riding horses are traded. It is a small and unspoiled market and perfect for people, who like to experience a genuine Indian market. Indigenous women still come with their llamas to town to help to carry with their purchases later on. I awoke at 3.15am, 4.15am and 5.15am to look out my window to see traders setting up there stalls and bringing in their produce by bus, jeep, donkey and llamas. Even so, between those hours I slept heavily although I had got a bit sun burn from the day before and I had scrapped by leg and hands in a few spots. Anyway when 6.15am arrived ( I had set my alarm for that time), I got up and went out. Even thought the food and clothes plaza was still been set up, the mart (5 minutes walk away) was in full swing. This was far better than I thought. No tourists and lots of photo opportunities. I am such a tourist 🙂 Anyway there was an area for pigs and sheep and another area for cattle and llamas. Everybody was every colourfully dressed and the stall food was beautiful. I spent about an hour there before going back to the food and clothes market. Only a few tourists come here and I enjoyed the morning. I even visited the on site slaughter house which had maybe 5 cubicles where sheep were killed on the spot, blood drawn and stripped into parts. These guys were good at their job and the owners of the animals waited for their meet. No part was wasted included the feet, head and stomach which were all given to the owners. There was a corner where a guy was chopping and feathering hens. All a bit bloody but I was glad I was it. Nobody minded I was there. I didn’t want o leave that early but I wanted to get to Pujili for the corpus christi celebrations. It was 9.00am and I was here for four hours. The festival in Pujili was meant to start at 9.00pm. I hoped it would not start on time.

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Zumbahua – Ecuador – Market Day. (21-06-2003)

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Zumbahua – Ecuador – Market Day. (21-06-2003)

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Zumbahua – Ecuador – Market Day. (21-06-2003)

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Zumbahua – Ecuador – Market Day. (21-06-2003)

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Zumbahua – Ecuador – Market Day. (21-06-2003)

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Zumbahua – Ecuador – Market Day. (21-06-2003)