I did a bit of an experiment.
I’m always surprised about how much I can get for a dollar in Ecuador. Fruits and vegetables are cheap and plentiful, especially in the market.
So I headed to the market armed with ten $1 coins. My goal: buy a dollars-worth of 10 different items, and then head to the grocery store and see what those exact items would cost there.
Is it actually cheaper to shop in the market? Even for a gringo that can’t negotiate? What’s the difference in price? Let’s find out.