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7 ECUADOR CRAFTS, HANDICRAFT MARKETS QUITO & BEYOND

  1. Plaza de los Ponchos in Otavalo;

  2. Mariscal Art and Crafts Market in Quito;

  3. Ejido Park Handicraft Market in Quito;

  4. Ejido Park Open Air Art Gallery in Quito;

  5. Juan Leon Mera street high end Art shops  in Quito;

  6. Productos Andinos with Ecuadorian crafts and handicrafts in Quito;

  7. Cuenca, the Rafael Paredes Panama hat factory.

You will find the best Indigenous crafts & and handicrafts markets in Ecuador with stalls selling in all major cities of the country, but most of the time, you will find a rather limited choice, except in Quito and Otavalo.

 

The Plaza de los Ponchos Artisan Craft Market in Otavalo

The best place for buying handicrafts is the arts and craft market of Otavalo, but we give the addresses of 7 quality markets in the country; 3 in Quito. On the Plaza de los Ponchos you will find all the woven and knitted textiles for which the Otavalo Indians are so famous: rugs, table cloths, shawls, wraps, ponchos, wall tapestry, etc. etc. But you will also find Panama hats from Cuenca, leather jackets from Cotacachi near the entrance of Cuicocha in Cotacachi - Cayapas Reserve, and wood carvings from San Antonio.

 

Dear visitor, our website gives you info about our National Parks Tours, our Galapagos programs, the Cuyabeno Loop, as well as our Cuyabeno  and Cofan Lodges in the Amazon.   For those who want to combine the Exuberant Nature of Ecuador with the Famous culture of Peru, we even have a 7 days Highlights of Peru extension! Our website gives you the best information on the internet, like Ecuador Travel Guide, because we are the only tour operator run by professional biologists. Take a look:

 

OUR PARKS AND TRIBES ECO TOURS

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AMAZON RIVER CRUISE ECUADOR: In Ecuador, birding is for all ages.

 NEW! CUYABENO DAY TRIP

For those that are limited in time, we are now organizing the Cuyabeno Day Trip that takes you at 9 AM from the park entrance to the surroundings of Lake Cuyabeno, to the Siona village and back by 5 PM.

 

 

 

Price: from $ 99

 1 día

RÍO NAPO LODGE TOUR, ECUADOR: La plataforma en el árbol de Ceibo de la comunidad Kichwa Añagu.

NEW YASUNI / NAPO RIVER TOUR

Lodges along Yasuni ­ National Park are excessively expensive and excursions are just organized close to each lodge. We developed a fabulous and affordable tour to all the highlights along the Napo, while staying in 2 different decent Quichua lodges.

 

 

Price: from $ 450

3 days

viaje a Cuyabeno

 NEW LAGARTOCOCHE EXPEDITION

The most remote part of the Amazon is the Lagartocoche lake system at the border with Peru. Hosted in a Secoya Indian Village.

 

Price: from $ 450

 4 days

admirando la increíble vida silvestre

CUYABENO LOOP

The Cuyabeno Loop explores the breathtaking scenery of the lower Cuyabeno and Zabalo Rivers and the Cuyabeno Lake. Watch the amazing birds and wildlife. Pass 2 nights with the amazing Cofan Indians in the Cofan Lodge and enjoy 2 nights of comfort in the famous Cuyabeno Lodge.

Price: from $ 799

5 days

 

admirando las increíbles aves

COFAN LODGE PROGRAMS

Located in Southern Cuyabeno, the Cofan Lodge is the only lodge in that part of the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve with quality programs and great facilities. It is owned by the Cofan Indians and provides a totally different experience from any other lodge in Cuyabeno.

 

 

Price: from $ 450

4 days

Laguna Cuyabeno

CUYABENO LAKE PROGRAMS

The Cuyabeno Lake Programs explores all the wild places surrounding the Cuyabeno Lake. Bonsai-shaped Macrolobia trees with the whispering of the mysterious prehistoric Hoatzin birds and the noisy Blue and Yellow Macaws. Our Cuyabeno Lodge is on the best location, because we were the first lodge and chose the best location right on a seasonal island in Lake Cuyabeno.

Price: from $ 390

4 - 5 days

 

Chimborazo con Lamas

ANDES CUSTOM ECO TOURS

Our Northern Andes Tour lets you get a taste of some of the best Andean National Parks, visiting the highest groves in the world: the Polylepis trees, the highest mountain in the world calculated from the center of the Earth, the Chimborazo with Vecunhas and Lamas, the highest active volcano in the world, the Cotopaxi.

 

Price: from $750

5 days

Cascada San Rafael

NATIONAL PARKS TOUR

Our National Parks Tours take you on a fantastic journey along the best possible sample of Andean and coastal parks. They have been designed to complement Galapagos and/or Amazon cruises. They can start from different places, particularly Quito, Guayaquil and Cuenca. While the full program lasts 9 days, it is possible to make a limited selection of parks, like the 6 days' "Andes and Coast" module.

Price: from $ 1999

9 days

 

Bartelome ent Galapagos

GALAPAGOS LAST MINUTE

We have a fabulous selection of Galapagos programs, including cruises, island hopping, scuba diving or relaxing on one of the many different hotels varying from modest inns to deluxe resorts.

 

 

Price: from $ 550

From 3 days

25 COOLEST THINGS TO DO IN PERU [LIMA,CUSCO, MACHU PICCHU]: Inca wall in Cusco.

PERU HIGHLIGHTS

A fabulous program for visiting the most famous cultural highlights Lima, Cusco, Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley. At the same time it serves as the Lima hub for the Peru National Parks Tour. This module is an extension to our National Parks Tour Ecuador and/or Galapagos National Park and/or Amazon Cruises.

Price: from $ 1199

7 days

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The Plaza de los Ponchos was built after the design of Tony Zwollo as a donation from the Government of the Netherlands in 1970. It contains 90 mushroom shaped concrete stalls (quite ugly in fact, but very solid). While the plaza may have been sufficient for the Indian merchants in the 1970s, it certainly are not so now, and many streets feeding into the Plaza, are lined with stalls, particularly on Saturdays, which are market days. Much more information and many more pictures of the city of Otavalo, its people and its market are available on our Otavalo page.

 

Plaza de los Ponchos.

 

The Plaza de los Ponchos with mountains in the background. The mushroom shaped stalls are visible in both pictures on the right.

 

7 ECUADOR ART, CRAFTS & HANDICRAFTS MARKETS QUITO & BEYOND: Woven bags and cloths, Otavalo, Ecuador7 ECUADOR ART, CRAFTS & HANDICRAFTS MARKETS QUITO & BEYOND: Otavalo women in tradtional dresses

Handbags, table clothes, sweaters and many other woven products abound in many qualities, shapes and colors.

Otavalo is famous for its colorful woolen tapestry, which make particularly great wall decorations.

 

Art and Craft Markets in Quito

Capital Quito also has two art markets and many individual shops, but they are not quite as well supplied as the stalls in Otavalo. The two main art and craft markets are:

  • The Mercado Artesan Mariscal - the Arts and craft market Mariscal -, which covers the entire block between the Calle Juan Leon Mera and Reina Victoria along the Calle Jorge Washington. 

  • The Market in the Ejido Park, a pedestrian path reserved for art and craft stalls under a modern looking cover.

Many individual art and craft shops are found on the Calle Juan Leon Mera (Street) and the Avenida Amazonas directly North of the Ejido Park. More shops are found in the centre, particularly on the Plaza Central, the Plaza San Fransisco and its feeding streets, as well as the Calle Ronda. There are basically two kinds of shops. The small shops which sell the same products as on the markets, but usually with less variety, and the up-scale shops, which sell different products from what can be found on the markets, but they are usually rather expensive and bargaining usually is not very successful (but you can always try).

 

Additionally, there is an interesting painting and modern art market on the North side of the Ejido Park (opposite Hotel Colon). While there is a lot of kitsch, some of the objects are quite original and worth buying for your home. One particular artist makes beautiful paintings of indigenous people at a very large size. Given the sizes, they are good value for money (art paint is very very expensive). But then, once you have bought it, HOW IN THE WORLD DO YOU GET IT HOME?????????. Well, they take it off the frame, roll it up and put it in carton roll.

 

Art and Craft Market in Quito la Mariscal

Art and Craft Market Mariscal, Quito, Ecuador7 ECUADOR ART, CRAFTS & HANDICRAFTS MARKETS QUITO & BEYOND: Mariscal Art Market, Quito, Ecuador

Mariscal Market emblem at the corner of the art and craft Market.

Decorated wall in Quito of the Mariscal Art and Craft Market is Ecuador's second.

 

7 ECUADOR ARTS CRAFTS & HANDICRAFTS MARKETS QUITO & BEYOND: Colorful bags and shawls and wraps, Mariscal Art Market, Quito, Ecuador7 ECUADOR ART, CRAFTS & HANDICRAFTS MARKETS QUITO & BEYOND: Covered Art Market Mariscal, Juan Leon Mera Street

Woven textile products.

Otavalo woman with table cloths.

 

7 ECUADOR ART, CRAFTS & HANDICRAFTS MARKETS QUITO & BEYOND: Traditional Otavalo blouses, at art market, Quito, Ecuador7 ECUADOR ART, CRAFTS & HANDICRAFTS MARKETS QUITO & BEYOND: Craft market, Quito, Ecuador

Don't just look at the art. Real Ecuadorian life plays out right in front of you: Otavalo women chatting about their toddlers, while lovely children play everywhere around you.

 

7 ECUADOR ART, CRAFTS & HANDICRAFTS MARKETS QUITO & BEYOND: Alpaca rug, art market, Quito, Ecuador7 ECUADOR ART, CRAFTS & HANDICRAFTS MARKETS QUITO & BEYOND: Pottery art black and whilte, Quito, Ecuador

Rugs of Alpaca hides made in Peru.

Ecuadorian pottery.

 

7 ECUADOR ART, CRAFTS & HANDICRAFTS MARKETS QUITO & BEYOND: Andes musical instruments at art market, Quito, Ecuador7 ECUADOR ART, CRAFTS & HANDICRAFTS MARKETS QUITO & BEYOND: Pan flutes and Andean musical instruments, Quito, Ecuador

Indigenous musical instruments.

Flutes and pan flutes.

 

7 ECUADOR ART, CRAFTS & HANDICRAFTS MARKETS QUITO & BEYOND: Table Cloths at art market, Quito, Ecuador7 ECUADOR ART, CRAFTS & HANDICRAFTS MARKETS QUITO & BEYOND: Chocolate shop at Mariscal tourist market, Quito, Ecuador

Merchants inspecting products.

Chocolate and drinks from Ecuador.

 

7 ECUADOR ART, CRAFTS & HANDICRAFTS MARKETS QUITO & BEYOND: Otavalo sales woman, Mariscal market, Quito, Ecuador7 ECUADOR ART, CRAFTS & HANDICRAFTS MARKETS QUITO & BEYOND: Otavalo woman in traditional dress

Otavalo woman showing a blouse.

Otavalo woman in Indigenous blouse.

 

7 ECUADOR ART, CRAFTS & HANDICRAFTS MARKETS QUITO & BEYOND: Panama hats at art market, Quito, Ecuador7 ECUADOR ART, CRAFTS & HANDICRAFTS MARKETS QUITO & BEYOND: Leather jackets and bags at stand Mariscal art and craft market

Panama hats made in Cuenca.

Leather products.

 

7 ECUADOR ART, CRAFTS & HANDICRAFTS MARKETS QUITO & BEYOND: Silver jewelry at art market, Quito, Ecuador7 ECUADOR ART, CRAFTS & HANDICRAFTS MARKETS QUITO & BEYOND: silver and porcelin eggs, at craft market, Quito, Ecuador

Silver jewelry.

Silver and glazed egg-shaped birds.

 

7 ECUADOR ART, CRAFTS & HANDICRAFTS MARKETS QUITO & BEYOND: Children at Mariscal artesan market7 ECUADOR ART, CRAFTS & HANDICRAFTS MARKETS QUITO & BEYOND: Otavalo sales girl in traditional dress at Mariscal art market

Children of merchants entertained at the market.

Young otavalo woman in gorgeous dress.

 

Specialized art and craft shops on Juan Leon Mera Street

Several art shop in Juan Leon Mera street sell quality products and antique not found on the market, but at much higher prices.

 

7 ECUADOR ART, CRAFTS & HANDICRAFTS MARKETS QUITO & BEYOND: Juan Leon Mera Street: art and craft shop7 ECUADOR ART, CRAFTS & HANDICRAFTS MARKETS QUITO & BEYOND: Masks at art shop Calle Juan Leon Mera

Rare masks in art shop in Juan Leon Mera Street.

Art Market in Ejido Park, Quito

 

Art market Quito, Ecuador: Artesans sell Art and Crafts from Covered stalls in the Ejido Park

7 ECUADOR ART, CRAFTS & HANDICRAFTS MARKETS QUITO & BEYOND: Ejido park art and craft market, Quito, Ecuador7 ECUADOR ART, CRAFTS & HANDICRAFTS MARKETS QUITO & BEYOND: Art stall at Ejido Park, Quito, Ecuador7 ECUADOR ART, CRAFTS & HANDICRAFTS MARKETS QUITO & BEYOND: Otavalo children playing while parents sell art products7 ECUADOR ART, CRAFTS & HANDICRAFTS MARKETS QUITO & BEYOND: Children at Ejido park, Quito, Ecuador

Watch the children and families have a great time.

 

Open air paintings Gallery on Ejido Park

7 ECUADOR ART, CRAFTS & HANDICRAFTS MARKETS QUITO & BEYOND: Open air art gallery with paintings, Ejido Park, Quito, Ecuador7 ECUADOR ART, CRAFTS & HANDICRAFTS MARKETS QUITO & BEYOND: Paintings at Ejido Park, Quito, Ecuador

7 ECUADOR ART, CRAFTS & HANDICRAFTS MARKETS QUITO & BEYOND: Paintings exposition at Ejido Park, Quito, Ecuador7 ECUADOR ART, CRAFTS & HANDICRAFTS MARKETS QUITO & BEYOND: Paintings stall at Mariscal art market

Artisans at the Quito, Ecuador, art & craft market in Ejido Park selling their paintings.

 

Productos Andinos

An all times classic is Productos Andinos, Calle Urbina & Cordero, the first shop with quality Indigenous art of Ecuador, founded in the early 70s and still owned by the same charming elderly lady. Over the years we have bought many great pieces from this shop and always stop here to see if she has something of our liking. She sells the best Mazapan, a very traditional dough based art product that is now hard to come by in Quito.

 

7 ECUADOR ART, CRAFTS & HANDICRAFTS MARKETS QUITO & BEYOND: A great art and craft shop is Productos Andinos, Quito7 ECUADOR ART, CRAFTS & HANDICRAFTS MARKETS QUITO & BEYOND: Beautifully upscaled tapishes, etc. at Productos Andinos, Quito

Productos Andinos, on the corner of Calle Urbina & Cordero, Quito.

Selection of fine Otavalo Designs with higher quality weaving.

 

7 ECUADOR ART, CRAFTS & HANDICRAFTS MARKETS QUITO & BEYOND: Mazapan in Productos Andinos, Quito7 ECUADOR ART, CRAFTS & HANDICRAFTS MARKETS QUITO & BEYOND: Great necklaces in Productos Andinos, Quito

Mazapan, now a rare classical Ecuadorian art product still sold at Productos Andinos. Made in the town of Calderon, they are made of bread dough. Nowadays very few shops still sell them and usually only poor quality small items.

Quality necklaces at Productos Andinos include Coral beads and Colombian gold bath Pre-Columbian designs.

 

7 ECUADOR ART, CRAFTS & HANDICRAFTS MARKETS QUITO & BEYOND: A favorite is a sturdy beautiful ladies backpack.7 ECUADOR ART, CRAFTS & HANDICRAFTS MARKETS QUITO & BEYOND: Baskets in Productos Andinos, Quito

 

Other art and craft products hard to come by at Productos Andinos:

  • Some of our favorites: The fabulous lady's backpacks (left). It's sturdy and backpack looks very special;

  • Colored baskets.

 

The Centro Cultural Tianguez is an artshop with restaurant at the Plaza San Fransisco with traditional food of all regions of Ecuador.

 

7 ECUADOR ART, CRAFTS & HANDICRAFTS MARKETS QUITO & BEYOND: Centro Cultural Tianguez restaurant7 ECUADOR ART, CRAFTS & HANDICRAFTS MARKETS QUITO & BEYOND: Centro Cultural Tianguez indiginous art shop

 

We hope you enjoy the handi-craft en artisan markets of Ecuador in Quito and beyond. Our Andes Trek, Ecuador program includes the best National Parks of Ecuador in the Andes as well as the famous cultural highlights, like Quito, Cuenca and Ingapirca. We also have great National Parks Tours. Please contact us for information, rates and bookings.

 

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