What Kinds of Gifts and Souvenirs Can I Find?


Travelers can find excellent souvenirs in Ecuador. Clothing made from alpaca is especially popular and includes sweaters and socks — the indigenous market in Otavalo is a great place to find these items. Ecuador has a long history of making chocolate, and you're sure to find some delicious varieties here, especially in Quito, Mindo, and Guayaquil. Ecuador also produces wonderful coffee, which can be found in places like Loja. And interestingly enough, Ecuador is a great place to buy a Panama hat - be on the lookout for them in Cuenca.

In most markets it's acceptable (and even encouraged) to bargain, so don't be afraid to ask for the vendor's best price.