Ecuador is a country of many cultures coexisting together. In Quito, this characteristic can be appreciated along the streets and in the faces of the people.
Examples of this biodiversity in culture are the crafts. All kinds of crafts, like: dolls, wall hangings, paintings, decorations, earrings, necklaces, purses, boots, pipes, hats, etc. made from wood, tagua, alpaca, bronze, silver or wool.
The sales of handicrafts are done by 2 methods: informal sales "on the streets" and in shopping centers or stores.
The informal sales are cheaper and you have the opportunity to haggle with the price. They are located throughout the city, especially along the Amazonas Avenue. There are also places where street vendors gather to sell, like the Mercado Artesanal Metropolitano , ( Metropolitan Artisan Market) on Juan Leon Mera St., near Amazonas Ave. You can also find vendors in the park of El Ejido.