San Francisco Market, Quito, Ecuador

Perhaps you’re looking for an authentic, hand-crafted Panama hat (originally from Ecuador, don’t you know!), some of the most remarkable local cuisine in South America (cuy, also known as guinea pig, is a traditional street snack), or you’re simply keen to explore the legendary Plaza de San Francisco, home to one of the oldest churches in all of Ecuador.

Or perhaps you’re here to experience the work of naturalist Doña Rosa Lagla, known here as a curadora, or healer, famed for her Andean energy treatment known as limpia – which is done by thrashing with nettles, herbs, roses and other flowers in a process that is, quite surprisingly, refreshing. A post-limpia libation of sweet corn beer, known as chicha, could be the cure for what cures your ails.

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