Quito shopping is a cultural experience in itself--a feast for the eyes, the crafts in Quito beg to be taken home (so bring an extra bag). Stroll along the Avenida Amazonas for a good idea of what the country has to offer. In the tons of shops along this avenue you'll find a wide array of Ecuadorian handicrafts: carved items, ponchos, sweaters, scarves, rugs, ceramics, gourds, textiles of all kinds. One block away near the Colon Hilton, the handicraft market also offers many local treasures. In this district, the New City's Mariscal District, bounded by Avenidas Amazonas, 6 de Diciembre, Patria, and Colón, you'll find even more boutiques. Look for brightly painted balsa-wood birds from the Amazon region, cedar statues from highland villages, and the ubiquitous "Panama" hat (originally from Ecuador). Although slightly more expensive than the goods at outlying Indian markets, the crafts in this part of town are generally of better quality, though leather, wool and cotton sweaters, shawls, and tapestries vary in quality, so look carefully before purchasing. Finally, El Ejido Park, just across from the Colon Hilton Hotel, has a handicraft and art market every Sunday--look for tapestries by the well-loved Hungarian-Ecuadorian artist Olga Fisch at Folklore Olga Fisch store were the fine handcrafts made by ecuadorian artisans are sold and also visit their museum and gallery were you will find and understand ecuadorian culture. Shops are generally closed on Saturday afternoons and Sundays.