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7 TRADITIONAL ART MARKETS ECUADOR; BEST ARTISANS

  1. Plaza de los Ponchos in Otavalo;

  2. Mariscal Art and Crafts Market in Quito;

  3. Ejido Park Art and Crafts Market in Quito;

  4. Ejido Park Open Air Art Gallery in Quito;

  5. Juan Leon Mera street high end Art, Crafts & Antique shops  in Quito;

  6. Productos Andinos in Quito;

  7. Cuenca, the Rafael Paredes Panama hat factory.

You will find the best traditional art markets in Ecuador with stalls selling in the largest cities of the country, but anywhere else besides these markets, you will find a rather limited choice.

 

The Plaza de los Ponchos Traditional Art Market in Otavalo

The best place for buying Indian craft and art in Ecuador, no doubt is the artisan market of Otavalo. 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 and wood carvings from San Antonio.

 

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Indians take you in their agile dug-out canoes along winding rivers.

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Price: $ 499

 4 days

Children learning about the rainforest.

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Birdwatching by visitors of the Amazon in Ecuador

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The Lagarto Cocha Expedition on hidden creeks and lakes is the best Amazon journey in Ecuador! Discover Indian tribes in Ecuador, Monkeys, Sloths, Dolphins. No other Amazon rainforest in any of the Amazon-Andean countries can match the wildlife viewing of Cuyabeno and it is far better than Yasuní!

 

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excursion on Lake Cuyabeno

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Price: from $ 410

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Alpacas in Chimborazo Wildlife Reserve are the domesticated form of the vicuñas.

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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 Vecuñas and Lamas, the highest active volcano in the world, the Cotopaxi.

 

 

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San Rafael Falls

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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.

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Bartelome Island at Galapagos National Park

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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.

 

 

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Inca wall in Cusco.

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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.

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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, they certainly are not so now, and many streets feeding into the Plaza, are lined with stalls, particularly on Saturdays, which are market day. 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 TRADITIONAL ART MARKETS ECUADOR; BEST ARTISANS: Woven bags and cloths, Otavalo, Ecuador7 TRADITIONAL ART MARKETS ECUADOR; BEST ARTISANS: 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 Otavalo. The tow 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 te size, 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?????????

 

Artesan Market in Quito, Ecuador,  la Mariscal

Art and Craft Market Mariscal, Quito, Ecuador7 TRADITIONAL ART MARKETS ECUADOR; BEST ARTISANS: Mariscal Art Market, Quito, Ecuador

Mariscal Market emblem at the corner of the art Market.

Decorated wall of the Mariscal Art Market enclosure.

 

Colorful bags and shawls and wraps, Mariscal Art Market, Quito, Ecuador7 TRADITIONAL ART MARKETS ECUADOR; BEST ARTISANS: Covered Art Market Mariscal, Juan Leon Mera Street

Woven textile products.

Otavalo woman with table cloths.

 

7 TRADITIONAL ART MARKETS ECUADOR; BEST ARTISANS: Traditional Otavalo blouses, at art market, Quito, Ecuador7 TRADITIONAL ART MARKETS ECUADOR; BEST ARTISANS: Craft market, Quito, Ecuador

Traditional Otavalo blouses.

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 around you everywhere around you.

 

7 TRADITIONAL ART MARKETS ECUADOR; BEST ARTISANS: Alpaca rug, art market, Quito, Ecuador7 TRADITIONAL ART MARKETS ECUADOR; BEST ARTISANS: Pottery art black and whilte, Quito, Ecuador

Rugs of Alpaca hides made in Peru.

Ecuadorian pottery.

 

7 TRADITIONAL ART MARKETS ECUADOR; BEST ARTISANS: Andes musical instruments at art market, Quito, Ecuador7 TRADITIONAL ART MARKETS ECUADOR; BEST ARTISANS: Pan flutes and Andean musical instruments, Quito, Ecuador

Traditional musical instruments.

Flutes and pan flutes.

 

7 TRADITIONAL ART MARKETS ECUADOR; BEST ARTISANS: Table Cloths at art market, Quito, Ecuador7 TRADITIONAL ART MARKETS ECUADOR; BEST ARTISANS: Chocolate shop at Mariscal tourist market, Quito, Ecuador

Merchants inspecting products.

Chocolate and drinks from Ecuador.

 

7 TRADITIONAL ART MARKETS ECUADOR; BEST ARTISANS: Otavalo sales woman, Mariscal market, Quito, Ecuador7 TRADITIONAL ART MARKETS ECUADOR; BEST ARTISANS: Otavalo woman in traditional dress

Otavalo woman showing a blouse.

Otavalo woman in traditional blouse.

 

7 TRADITIONAL ART MARKETS ECUADOR; BEST ARTISANS: Panama hats at art market, Quito, Ecuador7 TRADITIONAL ART MARKETS ECUADOR; BEST ARTISANS: Leather jackets and bags at stand Mariscal art and craft market

Panama hats made in Cuenca.

Leather products.

 

7 TRADITIONAL ART MARKETS ECUADOR; BEST ARTISANS: Silver jewelry at art market, Quito, Ecuador7 TRADITIONAL ART MARKETS ECUADOR; BEST ARTISANS: silver and porcelin eggs, at craft market, Quito, Ecuador

Silver jewelry.

Silver and glazed egg-shaped birds.

 

7 TRADITIONAL ART MARKETS ECUADOR; BEST ARTISANS: Children at Mariscal artesan market7 TRADITIONAL ART MARKETS ECUADOR; BEST ARTISANS: 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 TRADITIONAL ART MARKETS ECUADOR; BEST ARTISANS: Juan Leon Mera Street: art and craft shop7 TRADITIONAL ART MARKETS ECUADOR; BEST ARTISANS: 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 TRADITIONAL ART MARKETS ECUADOR; BEST ARTISANS: Ejido park art and craft market, Quito, Ecuador7 TRADITIONAL ART MARKETS ECUADOR; BEST ARTISANS: Art stall at Ejido Park, Quito, Ecuador7 TRADITIONAL ART MARKETS ECUADOR; BEST ARTISANS: Otavalo children playing while parents sell art products7 TRADITIONAL ART MARKETS ECUADOR; BEST ARTISANS: Children at Ejido park, Quito, Ecuador

Watch the children and families have a great time.

 

Open air paintings Gallery on Ejido Park

7 TRADITIONAL ART MARKETS ECUADOR; BEST ARTISANS: Open air art gallery with paintings, Ejido Park, Quito, Ecuador7 TRADITIONAL ART MARKETS ECUADOR; BEST ARTISANS: Paintings at Ejido Park, Quito, Ecuador

7 TRADITIONAL ART MARKETS ECUADOR; BEST ARTISANS: Paintings exposition at Ejido Park, Quito, Ecuador7 TRADITIONAL ART MARKETS ECUADOR; BEST ARTISANS: Paintings stall at Mariscal art market

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

 

Productos Andinos

An all times classic is Productos Andinos, Calle Urbina & Cordero, the first shop with quality traditional 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 TRADITIONAL ART MARKETS ECUADOR; BEST ARTISANS: A great art and craft shop is Productos Andinos, Quito7 TRADITIONAL ART MARKETS ECUADOR; BEST ARTISANS: 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 TRADITIONAL ART MARKETS ECUADOR; BEST ARTISANS: Mazapan in Productos Andinos, Quito7 TRADITIONAL ART MARKETS ECUADOR; BEST ARTISANS: Great necklaces in Productos Andinos, Quito

Mazapán, now a rare classical Ecuadorian art product still sold at Productos Andinos. Made in the town of Calderón, 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 TRADITIONAL ART MARKETS ECUADOR; BEST ARTISANS: A favorite is a sturdy beautiful ladies backpack.7 TRADITIONAL ART MARKETS ECUADOR; BEST ARTISANS: 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 TRADITIONAL ART MARKETS ECUADOR; BEST ARTISANS: Centro Cultural Tianguez restaurant7 TRADITIONAL ART MARKETS ECUADOR; BEST ARTISANS: Centro Cultural Tianguez indiginous art shop

 

We hope you enjoy the best Traditonal Arts Markets of Ecuador. 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.  Please contact us for information, rates and bookings.

 

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