Ecuador shopping

Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Quito


Next to Tianguez cafe, this fair-trade shop sells a wide selection of quality handmade crafts from across Ecuador. Items are arranged by region, with information on the techniques used to produce them.
Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Baños

Maki Awashka

The family from Salasaca who own this shop weave many of the gorgeous wool rugs and tapestries in their workshop upstairs. There's a good selection of artisan crafts for sale here, including tablecloths, scarves and…
Jewelry in Puerto Ayora

Tortoise Gallery

You'll find one-of-a-kind gifts at this jeweler, with exquisite handmade works by Ecuadorian artisans. Some pieces incorporate lava forms, others feature pre-Columbian art and themes from native Ecuadorian wildlife.
Gallery in Puerto Ayora

Galería Aymara

A high-end artists boutique selling uniquely designed handicrafts, jewelry and ceramics.
Market in Otavalo


This is the reason everyone comes to town. For centuries, Otavalo has hosted one of the most important markets in the Andes, a weekly fiesta that celebrates the gods of commerce. Vendors hawk a dizzying array of tra…
Hats in Cuenca

Casa del Sombrero Alberto Pulla

The hats of Cuenca’s most famous hatter have graced the noggins of Presidents, celebrities and hundreds of local indigenous women. Alberto Pulla himself died in 2010; his legacy has not.
Books in Vilcabamba

Craig's Book Exchange

Extraordinary array of over 5000 books that can be bought outright or for part-exchange.
Arts & Crafts in Peguche

El Gran Condor

On the central plaza of Peguche, El Gran Condor is the place for textile fanatics who didn’t find what they wanted in Otavalo. The shop sells high-quality textiles made locally, including sweaters, scarves and wall …
Music in Peguche

Taller de Instrumentos Andinos-Nañda Mañachi

Across from the basketball courts, Jose Luis Pichamba crafts traditional musical instruments, including panpipes, drums, and charangos, the 10-stringed mandolin-like instruments traditionally made from armadillo she…
Books in Quito

Librería del Fondo Carlos Fuentes

One of Ecuador's best bookshops is located in the former mansion of Galo Plaza Lasso, Ecuadorian president from 1948 to 1952. An excellent selection of titles are displayed beneath the original wood-paneled ceiling …