The territory where Ecuador is located has been inhabited by several cultures for thousands of years, many of which still maintain their customs and traditions intact despite the passage of time. In this guide we want to show you the best places if you want to know the part cultural heritage of the Ecuadorian Andes.
Museums in Quito
In Quito there are more than 20 museums where you can learn more about history, culture, archeology, mixed modern and colonial art. Most museums offer a pleasant visit to their visitors for the quality of works that are exposed, many of which are unique. If you want to know the history and origins of Ecuador in a more general way, we recommend visiting the National Museum (Numa), which gathers a wide sample about the ancestral cultures of Ecuador, and a large part of the exhibition is carried out in an interactive way, which produces a unique experience.
If you are looking for a different experience, visiting an indigenous market is a unique experience since you can learn about the daily life of these ancient villages and taste the local products they sell. The markets that we recommend you visit are the one in Otavalo that is very famous for its handicrafts and the market of Guamote, which is located in the mountain range where you can get to know the everyday life of the Puruhua indigenous people.
The history of Ecuador began long before the Spanish colonization occurred as there were very ancient civilizations, which left as a legacy ruins where they embodied much of their art and culture. The most outstanding is the archaeological complex of Ingapirca located very close to Cuenca. This place was considered a ceremonial, religious center of the Cañarís culture.
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