Mercado Artesanal de Guayaquil - Loja (Guayaquil Crafts Market)
Street stalls where you can buy handicrafts at good prices
Indigenous handicrafts in the city centre
One of the first things you will learn in this market is that the wrongly named "panama hat" neither comes from Panama nor is that its real name. You will actually be sold a "Montecristi" and it is made with fibres from the toquilla palm. The local sport of the Mercado Artesanal in Guayaquil is haggling: you will find all the handicraft products here at much lower prices and with the same quality as in the big shopping centres. Located between streets Loja and Juan Montalvo, a whole block is covered with handicrafts and it offers the visitor small pieces of art made from leather, traditional wool and cotton dresses, gold leaf ornaments and wooden, steel and copper statues. Open to the public for three decades, when their shops' land was the same land, the market stands out due to the presence of the admired Otovalo people, who are the creators of the majority of the craftwork.