When looking down on the area from a bird's eye view, the Ecuadorian Andes jump out of the surrounding blanket with a collage of colors. It is as if nature has created its own embroidery. But a closer look will soon make you realize that this beautiful panorama is not only an expression of nature, but also a product of people's labor.
- Sierra (Andes)
The small mountain town of Otavalo is perhaps most renowned because of the famous market that has been established here. People from all over the world come to see the striking array of hand crafted goods that are available in this local market every year. What makes the market so special? Well, none of the hand crafted goods available here are commercialized versions of true original ...
- Sierra (Andes)
San Pablo del Lago is a tranquil little village located near the San Pablo Lake. The surrounding water, mountains and volcano make for some breath-taking scenery. While the village itself is small and quiet, the surrounding area is filled with some amazing lodges, hotels and haciendas. Besides being an incredibly relaxing place to go, there are many recreational activities that can be ...
Shopping is a mixed experience in Ecuador. From dusty, noisy animal markets and craft markets to sterile, glossy malls, there is something for everyone here. Ecuador offers an interesting collection of products that can be purchased as souvenirs and gifts. Arts and crafts such as weavings, wood carvings, carpets, toys and clothing can be bought all over Ecuador.
Much of the art in Ecuador is traditional and usually the skills involved are passed down from generation to generation. Most of the locals make no distinction between fine arts and crafts. Most of the art is therefore not only beautiful but has a practical use. Some of the items you will find in cities are commercialized and are poor quality but if you make your way down to some of the ...
Excavations in Ecuador have revealed pieces of pottery with the imprint of woven textile on them. It is apparent that yarn was spun on spindles and spun into cloth even during the time of the Incas. Textiles obviously were of great importance in Ecuador and have been since then.