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Craft Markets near Cuenca

Domesticated llama and alpaca species are raised commercially

Domesticated llama and alpaca species are raised commercially

Traveling south from Cotopaxi during their travel to Ecuador, visitors will find an array of craft souvenirs in the central provinces of Canar and Azuay in the region of the country’s third largest city, Cuenca. One stop that many travelers make on Ecuador tours is Ingapirca to see the country’s most important Inca site, the ruins of a once-elaborate complex of buildings. The two-hour drive between Ingapirca and Cuenca allows craft lovers to pass through many villages of interest in looking for vacation mementos. Canar, close to the ruins, holds a Sunday market. The town of Azogues is known for its weaving of Panama hats. South of Azogues, (but on a road further west) is the village of Deleg, known for its craftsmen who weave ponchos, belts and shigra bags. The village of Paute, southeast of Azogues, produces ceramics, textiles, leather goods and jewelry. Sinincay, a few miles north of Cuenca, specializes in stone items for construction but also as decorative textiles.

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