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Street Vendors in the City Center of Cuenca, Ecuador

Posted in: Cuenca Ecuador, Ecuador Travel, Living in Ecuador, Traveling Kids

Street vendors are a very common thing here in Cuenca, especially in the center. They sell everything from toffee and plantain chips to lottery tickets and cell phones and antennas, etc. etc. It is really neat to be in the midst of it all. You will hear the following in really loud voices:

Lotería, Loteríaaaa! JUEGA HOY, MIL DOLARES! Lotería Loteríaaaa!!!

This means:

Lottery, Lottery! Play today for 1000 dollars! Lottery Lotteryyyyy!!


Lottery and Chip Vendors in Cuenca

They will say something different for everything they sell. I like this one:


Can you guess what that means?

Ice cream, ice cream, delicious ice cream, best in Cuencaaaaa!

I think you know why I like that one :^).


Cotton Candy Street Vendor in Cuenca, Ecuador

There are also vendors that have fruit and fudge. Sometimes, we like to stop and buy some fresh cherries, YUM!


I really like street vendors; it adds a nice touch to a boring day. Of course, no day here in Ecuador is ever truly boring but you know what I mean… I hope that you will be able to come to Ecuador someday and experience this for yourself. Oh, and try the cherries!

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Meet the Author

Drew Haines is an animal enthusiast, travel writer, and content marketer. She loves to share her passion through her writing. She is the founder and owner of EverywhereWild Media, EverywhereWild, and co-founder and owner of JustBirding. She also guest blogs on LatinRootsTravel and GringosAbroad. She lived in Ecuador for 6 years and explored the Galapagos Islands. Currently based in N.S., Canada.

8 comments… add one
  • Roxana Mar 17, 2013, 11:32 pm

    I’ve never had problems with fruit I’ve bought in the open air mercados or street vendors, but I do make sure to rinse my fruit before eating eat (just with water), because I’m used to doing that with ALL my produce (even what I buy here in USA). I trust Ecuadorian fruit/veggies a lot more than what I buy here in the USA, because in the USA they spray pesticides in everything and they are full of GMOs, while in Ecuador most fruit is organic, or at least has a lot less pesticides 🙂 Most foreigners that get sick is probably because of the water. The water in Ecuador should always be boiled or filtered. Most restaurants will give you clean water in your fruit juice because it’s their business and they want to keep your business so they don’t want to make you sick. If you get sick you wouldn’t go back to that restaurant anymore, so it’s to the business owners best interest to serve you good-clean food.

    • maurice pittet Aug 13, 2013, 7:32 pm

      Good points Roxanna, especially the don’t ‘infect the patrons’ policy.Having been an organic orchardist in the Okanagan in British Columbia, oversprays are a perennial problem and we have little control over the quality of the water we use to wash our fruit.On the street one has be wary, not that the street vendor is intentionally or negligently contaminating the produce, but sh*t happens. I would carry a spray wash in my daypack.Delhi Belly is not fun. I’ve experienced it twice in the Caribbean.
      As an aside, the fruit in the wheelbarrow looked like strawberries. Do they actually grow cherries in Ecuador? Bings?Sweethearts? Vans?, my favourites!

  • Terry Doyle Mar 6, 2013, 7:42 pm

    Yes, a lot of the fun in Cuenca happens right on the sidewalks! Sellers of all sort of good things to eat and they make a walk in Cuenca really interesting. Thanks, Drew!

  • Dennis Fahey Dec 21, 2012, 7:02 pm

    Another fun post, Drew! A topic brought to mind by your mention of cherries is this: is it dangerous to eat foods offered by street vendors? I mean in terms of getting “Montezuma’s Revenge” or the “Inca Two-Step” or whatever you call it down there.

  • Kim Dec 20, 2012, 7:02 pm

    Enjoyed reading about your favorite places. It was fun to try and figure out what the vendors were saying. 🙂


  • Jon Dec 14, 2012, 12:42 pm

    Drew – I see fresh fruit mentioned a couple of times. I got the impression fresh fruits and vegetables should be sterilized before eating. do you wait to get home before eating the fruits?

  • Dave Wheeler Dec 14, 2012, 6:31 am

    Nice Drew. I have always loved street vendors they do add a nice touch. Really enjoy your blogs. Take care.

  • Nana Dec 13, 2012, 11:10 am

    There are many vendors there, aren’t they? The cutest we saw was a little preschool girl with a wheelbarrow full of mangoes, 5 for a $1.00. Her mother wasn’t too far away.:-) Another great blog, Drew.

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