We came to Pujili mostly to see the 4th oldest church in Ecuador located right in the middle of town in the main square. The facade of the church is simple and unadorned and it faces the square. Inside, if you can get in, you'll find a long vaulted brick nave with carvings lining the walls. It's all kind of somber, until you get a glimpse at the intricately carved and beautiful doorway. If the church is locked, you may be able to get in by asking the padre to give you a tour (should be someone at the church office next door).
The Pujili Sunday Market is near the bus terminal, and spreads over several blocks covering many acres. As with other markets, there is order to the madness: important vendors are grouped according to what they sell, oceans of vegetables, pyramids of meat, rows of sacks of grain. Smaller vendors who come to town with 10 eggs, 2 chickens, or a few bunches of herbs, are on the fringe of the market.
At the Pujili market, I saw some loaves wrapped inside corn husks. I suppose it is a kind of bread, but I'm not quite sure. There were several vendors offering this specialty, which I did not see elsewhere.
Camino de Sumalo Barrio Sumalo/Isinche Canton de Pujili Cotopaxi, Ecuador
Good for: Couples
To get to Pujili from destinations North and South, you need to switch bus in Latacunga. There is an intersection in Latacunga, near a bridge over a littered stream, and with an open air urinal in full sight. There, you can transfer from a bus that goes North to South (Quito to Ambato, Cuenca or Baños) to a bus that goes West, to Pujili. The buses from Latacunga to Pujili are very frequent, and the fare is 25 or 35¢, I already forget, for a 20 minute ride.
In Latacunga, you will encounter many more buses going South to Ambato than South to Baños, especially during the midday lull. If you are impatient to get to Baños and tired of waiting at the crossroad, hop on a bus to Ambato and ask to bet let off at the Paso Lateral. This is an important intersection near Ambato, where you will easily catch buses to anywhere.
On the second photo, you will see a Lama on top of a bus in Pujili.
Favorite thing: Pujuli's main plaza is very well-kept with a gated central area full of tended gardens and palm trees. On one end you'll find the church and at the other the Municipal building. Surrounding the rest of the plaza are some nice colonial style homes. We were there on Sunday and it appeared that the whole town was at the market a few blocks away, so the main plaza was a ghost town.