Galápagos Islands Shopping

  • Av Baltra, Puerto Ayora
    Av Baltra, Puerto Ayora
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  • Artisan market
    Artisan market
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  • Makin' his craft
    Makin' his craft
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Galápagos Islands Shopping

  • Knick knacks

    If you don't have time to get to Otovalo market one of the biggest local markets to get some nice crafts and gifts, there is always a street near La Mariscal on Jorge Washington to get some of these cool knick knacks. It's basically street full of artisans. Gotta pick up something with an image of a giant tortoise, or local fabrics that were...

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  • Puerto Baquerizo Moreno on San Cristobal

    The small street the lines the waterfront and small harbor has a number of shops geared for providing souvineers for tourists. Wood carvings of local species, mugs, shot glasses and the most coveted object d'art of all..... your own "I Love Boobies" t shirt.

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  • For good quality

    This shop is a great place to get those little things you need for outdoor activities. There is a decent variety of packs and duffles, and also practical clothing of good quality that will hold up to wear and washings. I got a few t-shirt dresses with spaghetti straps (couldn't resist) but my favorite thing from Tatoo was a lightweight fleece...

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  • At the airport

    When you're leaving the islands you'll probably get to the airport on Santa Cruz early. You can check your bags and go to the shops right outside. I bought a belt for about US$12. Bartering didn't work here. There's a lot of the same tourist things for sale, but it's not bad if you didn't get a chance to shop before. Carved animal figures (small,...

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  • fresh fish anyone

    The main supermarket on Avenue Charles Darwin in Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz was a pretty decent one and considering its location and being on the Galapagos Islands not all that overpriced. It was a pretty basic place, perhaps a bit run down but it was hopping at night with travelers going up and down the isles getting stuff for the next day's...

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  • Nice, but expensive!!

    Shopping is a luxury in the Galapagos and everything is at a premium. We of course bought little souvenirs but paid above and beyond what they were really worth. For example, you can buy cute little shirts with “boobies” on them (the blue footed kind) and books written by Darwin. They are nice to have as a memento of your time there but don’t get...

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  • shopping in the Galapagos

    The only chance we had to shop during our whole trip was at Puerto Ayora towards the end of our trip. There's a strip in the little town where you can buy T Shirts and a few handicrafts , postcards etc. There is also an internet cafe here.

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  • If you like gold and silver: part 2

    This is another exclusive shop with a famous designer (he designs for Tiffany's). The shop is generally only open in the morning, on weekdays, so you may find the gate shut. But you can't miss the white stucco, art-nouveau building with the ornate gate.Interestingly, we dived with Fabian the younger, who assisted one of the professional underwater...

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  • If you like gold or silver

    When I looked in the window and saw this necklace handmade of gold turtles, I wanted a closer look. Of course when that closer look included a look at the price tag, all I really took away from the store was this picture. (Sorry about it being out of focus... must have been shaking from sticker-shock.)However, if you are feeling guilty about having...

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  • For a good cause

    The Charles Darwin Research Station has a couple of gift shops that carry books, clothing, and souvenirs. Anything you buy there sends the profit back to the research station itself.This is what I bought there:These practical cargo pants (photo) are perfect for going on land visits to the various islands as they are 3/4 length with drawstring hems,...

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  • Puerto Ayora, Or nada

    You won't get a lot of opportunities to shop, except on Santa Cruz in Puerto Ayora. Though there is actually a decent small gift shop for last minute items in Baltra airport.Although the jewelry shop inside this wonderful Art Nouveau building was closed when I strolled past it, I have a feeling the jewelry inside was pretty cool. Be careful that...

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  • T-shirts and souveniers

    You can buy t-shirts all over - but when you buy them at the reserch station, the money goes to support the islands - and when you buy them from some other vendor - the money goes to line their own pockets. There are some funny t-shirts - like the ones that say "I love Boobies"

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  • Resist the urge to shop in Puerto Ayora!

    If you're stopping for any length of time in Quito or Guayaquil on your trip, then I strongly urge you to do your souvenir shopping in those towns rather than in Puerto Ayora, the only town in Galapagos. Absolutely everything available there is also available on the mainland, for about half or one-third the price. Plus, if you buy things on your...

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