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The Ecuador Chronicles - 2010-41
El Sur de Quito;
            Not Frequented by Gringos;
                                           A Great Area for Markets
This week's Chronicle is by David Sass, who lives in South Quito.  There are a lot of interesting ways to live in Ecuador; David covers several markets of El Sur and gives us some insight into his life in an area not frequented by gringos.
by David Sass
El Sur - Let's Go Shopping
El Sur (the South of Quito) is a huge mostly residential area rarely frequented by tourists.  From our kitchen my wife, Yadira, and I can see the sun on the mountains.  Today, Tuesday, will be sunny and warm — Let`s go shopping!


 View from Our Kitchen


Chillogallo Market


Chillogallo Market is nestled between mountains amid many apartment buildings, stores, and commercial establishments.  There are no big signs but everyone in El Sur knows how to get here.  This is mostly an outdoor market serving the community with hundreds of vendors and thousands of customers.  Here you will find fresh produce, meat, some clothing and some groceries.  Oh, yes!  Many, many small animals to eat or keep as a pet.


Happy Meat Vendor inside the Market


Patas: Cow Feet for Soup “Caldo de Patas”


Carmen's Meat Stall



Mami's Favorite Meat Vendor


 Outside Market


Sugar Cane Juice Machine


How About That Turkey?



Eggs for Breakfast - Quail, Goose or Ostrich?


Clothing Is Sold Here Too!

Oranges and Tree Tomatoes


Fruits and Roots


 Here's More


Mercado Mayorista de Quito

Off to Mercado Mayorista De Quito.  This market is a hub for produce and groceries from all of Ecuador and other countries.  The majority of merchants in Quito come here long before the sun rises to purchase goods for their stores and restaurants.  Mayorista is HUGE - Acres of indoor and outdoor stalls, warehouses, hundreds of trucks of all sizes, and, of course, thousands of people.  Small and large quantities of produce and groceries can be purchased here at prices much lower than anywhere in Quito.



Market Entrance



Large Quantities For Sale


Look At All Those Oranges



Here is Papá


Some of the Many Trucks Waiting To Unload


How did we end our shopping???  Lunch!  Mira:


Salchipapas de David

(David`s Sausage and Potatoes)


Pollo con Maduros y Verduras

(Chicken with Ripe Bananas and Vegetables)


¡Buen Provecho!


David, I am really impressed with the markets of El Sur!  - Really incredible selection, and I suspect better prices than in North Quito or Colonial Quito.  Dalynda and I will have to come and check it out.  Your Pictures really tell the story and your cooking looks delicious - I could almost smell it cooking.  Thank you for a great Chronicle.


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