We went to the huge Mercado in La Libertad. We got a lot of good bargains but some of the vendors were definitely gringoing us; we saw the same produce item in the grocery store for less!! That's your tell-tell. When we first moved to Cuenca the Mercados had the best deals but after a few years the grocery store Coral became better priced than the local Mercado on many produce items such as broccoli, cauliflower, peppers, tomatoes...etc. So, we stopped going to the Mercado because it just was not worth all the effort anymore. Here in Salinas the produce prices are quite high in the grocery stores so going to the Mercado is how to live rich here. LOL
We're an Expat Family of Five, Living Frugal, Healthy and Happy Abroad. We live in Cuenca, Ecuador and travel the Ecuador coast whenever we get a chance. Come along and enjoy some of our experiences with us!