Ecuador Shopping

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    Av Baltra, Puerto Ayora
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    Makin' his craft
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Ecuador Shopping

  • Souvenir Shopping !

    There are plenty of opportunities to shop for nice souvenirs in Ecuador, just a few places I liked best: Jorge Washington Street in Quito (between Mariscal and Parque Ejido) has a couple of well-stocked market stands with virtually everything, leather jackets, t-shirts, woolen lama-hoodies, panama hats, wooden toucan-statues, naive indigenous...

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  • best combination for coffee and shopping

    A wonderfully decorated place where you can have a cup of coffe in a very artistic environment with excellent taste. All the items seem really unique, and beautiful in their imaginative simplicity. I almost liked everything! The prices are very good and I think even if you just go for coffee, you will finally give in and buy something. There are...

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  • Banos : Tagua, vegetal ivory-Tagua,...

    The shop is also the "factory" of Alberto. A small factory, but great products, mainly in Tagua (this white vegetal ivory), or also in colourful grains... You may ask him whatever you want to be built in Tagua, he will do it for you !Cette petite boutique est aussi l'"usine" d'Alberto. Une petite usine, certes, mais avec un gros debit de produits...

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  • Local Markets

    Prices are generally not labeled on products in the local markets. You have to ask the owner. Usually you don't have to pay the starting price. You can usually get a discount of 25%-50% if you try. Never look to excited about anything. If you show on your face that you really want it, you won't get the price down very far, if at all. Go to a few...

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  • Panama hats

    Panama hats are made of “paha toquilla”, which is the toquilla straw plant growing in the north coast of Ecuador. So their origin is Ecuadorian but they took the name because they were first shipped in Panama, before being sold to the markets of Asia, and Europe. The peak trade of this popular hat is traced back in 1850 when the material of the...

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  • exclusive gifts..

    In Cuenca you will surely spend one morning at least strolling down Calle Larga. Just next to the museum of the Aboriginal Cultures, there is a small but very interesting shop with a treasure of beautiful items. There are necklaces, earrings, rings, bracelets. The owner is the artist and designer of the jewelry and most of the decorative pieces...

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  • QUITO: CENTRO COMERICAL EL JARDIN

    For very modern and hip shopping, go to the New New City that is even further north of Mariscal Sucre.Centro Comerical El Jardin is a thoroughly gigantic and modern shopping mall, complete with hypermarket and many lovely chic cafes and restaurants. Once in here, you would forget that colonial Quito (which is merely half an hour away by Trole)...

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  • QUITO: TIANGUEZ

    I certainly recommend this interesting shop located under the San Francisco church.Once you enter, you feel like you are in some sort of dungeonsor catacombs. The things on display are artworks including ceramics, metallic pieces, masks, etc... inspired by pre-Columbian style, but many done with a modern twist. Indeed, the artworks are fantastic. I...

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  • QUITO: MERCADO ARTESANIA LA MARISCAL

    Just like Mexico City has La Ciudadela Artisan Market, Quito's equivalent... albeit less lively, atmospheric, smaller and memorable... is La Mariscal Artisan Market.In northern Ecuador, Otavalo is certainly THE place to satisfy all your woolly needs. But if you want to get souvenirs of other kinds or if you are not heading to Otavalo, then La...

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  • QUITO: INDIGENOUS MARKET AREA

    From Plaza de Santo Domingo, walk along Rocafuerte in the north-westernly direction for about 3 or 4 blocks and turn left.Here is the indigenous market area where all sort of exotic herbs, barks, leaves, seeds… are sold to be used as whatever form of medication used by the indigenous people. We even passed a shop where shamans dispense treatments...

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  • no shortage of great markets

    When it comes to indigenous markets, Ecuador takes a backseat to none. Though Otavalo gets all the fame there are many more authentic markets where you are likely to be one of very few tourists. These are mostly for locals who come to barter and trade for their daily necessities. Even if there is little that a tourist can use aside from fruits and...

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  • Saquisili market

    This is a less touristy market compered to Otavalo. It's more of a food and merchandise market for the local people but it still has a "tourist corner". Most fun is "people watching". Local craft, fruits. Bargain on everything.

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  • Souvenir mecca

    This market counts as South Americas most famous indigius market. A lot of different tribe people visit it every sathurday and makes it interesting not only for the merchandises. Colourfull textiles like ponchos, tablecloths, weavings, gloves, hats.Masks made from wood as well as cheramics.Panama hats (wich originally is from Ecuador, not...

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  • Local markets

    Many towns and villages in the andes hold picturesque and colourful markets one or several days of the week. People come from the surroundings villages and hamlets to sell their goods and it is a good chance to buy, see and sense.

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  • Food

    When visiting the markets, don't miss the food areas and buy some! That's a good way to approach markets. Don't stick to local crafts and tourists stuff.

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  • Home furnishing

    Once again, the Saquisili's market is a good place to buy souvenirs: plaids, towels, etc. are fantastic!

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  • Clothes in alpaca

    You can fin in the markets (especially in Saquisili) and everywhere in Ecuador clothes (pull overs, gloves, etc.) made of alpaca.They are nice and very hot! Much better than my Gap sweat shirts to protect you from the freezing Andes.

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  • Panama hats

    Panama hats are in my opinion the most interesting souvenir to buy in Ecuador. Despite the name, Panama hats are not made in Panama but in Ecuador. The name is used because workers on the Panama canal used to wear these hats.They are beautiful and make an attractive gift as they are very expensive in Europe (and I guess in other countries as...

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  • Quito : Watta typical place ! Quel...

    Alonzo cooks, Maria sells. They are both crazy, Alonzo always kidding you, with his tiny voice, and Maria always smiling and asking you "Que mas ?" (what more ?) each time you pick up something to buy... The store is a mess, the restaurant is a mess also, but they have all you may want to eat quickly (or to prepare the best typical meal in your own...

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  • Montecristi : The Panama hat ! Le Panama...

    Any shop you might find in Montecristi (except bakeries, maybe...) sells Panama hats !Dans n'importe quelle boutique (sauf les boulangeries, peut-etre), vous pourrez trouver des Panamas en vente. The Panama Hat !Un Panama ! About 100 USD for a regular one, but bargain for a better price !En gros 100 USD pour un panama moyen, mais vous pouvez...

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  • Shopping on the Galapagos Islands

    Crafts on Santa Cruz Island are double/triple what you would pay on the mainland. I found every item I wanted on the mainland at a fraction of the Santa Cruz shops. I bought many balsa wood animal statues and the best prices for these were at the Baltra Airport. Local crafts, animal statues, T-shirts, etc. Better prices on the mainland and Baltra...

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  • Shopping in Otovalo

    I went to the Otovalo market on a weekday and found very good prices on all crafts both in the outdoor market and the surrounding shops. It is probably less commercial weekdays than weekends when many tourists are there. I found good prices on wind chimes, local crafts, animal masks, etc. Prices are competitive depending on the item.

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  • "Bread Dough" figures

    Calderon is just north of Quito. On your way north to Otavalo, stop by one of the numerous shops- you'll see them from the highway- that sell "masapan", Calderon's world famous "bread dough" figures. There is a huge variety of this brightly painted craft - my favorites are the ones that sit in buses - so cute! I can't remember exactly how much the...

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  • Otavalo market

    An experience in itself. Now you can find Otavalo Indians selling their wares all over the world - from Frankfurt, Germany to small town, USA. But naturally you get the most variety and the lowest prices at the source. Main market days are Saturday (the most famous) and Wednesday, but in high season (June-August), there will be a market everyday...

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  • Leather goods

    Cotacachi, a bit northwest of Otavalo, is the place to buy just about anything made of leather. I got a great coin purse here, but you can also get belts, hats, backpacks, purses, even shoes and jackets. The quality is very good, and here you'll get the best price in Ecuador. Remember to bargain! If you buy items in bulk, you can usually get at...

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  • Woodcarvings

    San Antonio de Ibarra, located 10 min south of the Andean town of Ibarra, is the place to go to buy woodcarvings. Actually, even if you are not interested in buying any, it is still fascinating to stop and look at some of the wonderful pieces of art that these artisans have fashioned out of wood. Small pieces are relatively inexpensive, but the...

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  • Markets

    Check out the Indian Market in Otavalo, around 3 hours north on bus from Quito. Ponchos, Panama Hats, Weavings, Rugs, Wool scarfs, Jumpers (sweaters), hand crafted chess boards, beaded jewelry Start from US$1 for smaller bracelets to US$40 for large woven rugs

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