Galapagos Artesanias

Galapagos Artesanias, Cuenca: Hours, Address, Galapagos Artesanias Reviews: 5/5

Galapagos Artesanias
5
Speciality & Gift Shops
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM

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Susan S
Portland, OR117 contributions
Great Place to VIsit and Buy Ecuador Treasures
Mar 2021
A very special Ecuadorian "treasure house" of memories and gifts from this country-- I love this place! This quality is beginning to be very rare --to find the types of work, quality of weaving, and handmade products made by communities of indigenous all over Ecuador. This sweet place with Alejandro and his mother Laura give very good service and their prices are reasonable. Go see for yourself. Highly recommended for yourself and your family to visit and buy some special gifts !
Written March 18, 2021
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Mimi P
Cuenca, Ecuador3 contributions
Special Tourist Shop!
Jan 2021
If you are searching for a lovely tourist shop here in Cuenca, Azuay, Ecuador, then this is a place I highly recommend... "Galapogos Artesanias"! I met Laura the owner and some of her sweet family Mario and Alex. These people give such excellent service! So many beautiful handmade artistian pieces, many collectors items! They have a wide range from modern indigenous to some older stuff, and even antiques. So many bright colors, natural materials, shamanic items (ie: salo panto, shakers, etc). Clothing, ponchos, blankets, a large variety of colors and items! Small things too, such as a great selection of postcards.

One thing that they specialize is a large variety of wooden crafts. They are from an indigenous tribe in Ecuador from the area of 'Volcan Quilotoas'... closer to Cotopaxi. They have beautiful art framed in wood, wooden masks, crosses, and much more!

This lovely family has a heart of gold! You will surely feel good being in their space. They have been in business for about 35-years, and really care about the history of Ecuador, and it's handmade indigenous crafts, that make great decorations and gifts! Enjoy!!!
Written January 4, 2021
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Dara.susanamora2@gmail
2 contributions
My favourite store to visit
Oct 2019 • Solo
Laura, the owner does everything she can to help you.
She personalised 3 gifts for me. Worked afterhours, was always in for a chat and even shared a drink with me.

Visiting this store was really fun and you can find everything here.

If you are in Cuenca, jou have to visit.

You can also send your postcarts and packets here.

I sended a few postcarts during the protest and they havent arrived yet. I send a few later and they all arrived. I also send a gift to my boyfriend and he loved it!
Written January 13, 2020
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Susan S
Gulf Breeze11 contributions
Such a lovely lady!
Oct 2019 • Couples
We stopped here today and bought several items to take home. Laura has a fantastic selection of items from all over Ecuador, all reasonably priced. But the real gem of this store is Laura, the owner. She is lovely and kind and so enjoyable to deal with. She was so helpful and knowledgeable!! It would have been nice to just sit down with her and a cup of tea and chat for the afternoon...
Written October 26, 2019
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Mark Van Der Linden
Uden, The Netherlands1 contribution
Good shop to post cards
May 2019
Very friendly owners and a lot of souveniers! The shop is close to the center of the city so that is ideal!
Written May 31, 2019
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ksue634
El Sobrante, CA9 contributions
Best artisan souvenirs in Cuenca, with a wonderful owner
Jan 2019 • Couples
The best artisan souvenirs and gifts we found in Cuenca is Galápagos Artesanías. Laura, the owner, is delightful. Her items come from all over Ecuador, and they’re beautiful (and beautifully made) and very reasonably priced. Her shop isn’t located in one of the plazas, but it’s not a long walk from them. Visiting Laura was one of the highlights of my trip. Her warmth is infectious.
Written January 24, 2019
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Shogyomujo
Nova Scotia, Canada48 contributions
The owner's hospitality was second to none.
Dec 2018 • Couples
We went to this store after checking the Tripadvisor review. I had an injury to my left ankle since our trip to thd Caja NP on the previous day and it was not fun to go up to the second floor of the building where the store is. I had to sit on a chair for rest before starting a browse. The owner came to me and asked me if I was ok. As soon as she found out about my injury she offered to make a drink made with aloe vera to help to reduce the inflammation. It didn't matter to me if it would work or not but her generosity and hospitality were so priceless. After she made me the drink she told me lots about Inca/Ecuadorian culture. My wife, my sister in-law and I stayed over 45 minutes at the store. In the end we bought some stuff from her and the price was totally reasonable. I absolutely recommend her and her store for everyone.
Written December 9, 2018
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subrasil2016
Columbia, SC3 contributions
Best place to buy high quality souvenirs in Cuenca
Jun 2018 • Couples
Laura is wonderful! She is very kind and eager to share interesting information. She has a large store filled with quality arts and crafts from around Ecuador. We bought a table runner with pre-Columbian designs. Her store, Galápagos Artesanías, also functions as a Post Office. You can get beautiful post cards at her store, where you can write your message. She will add the stamps and stamp the postcard. Please note that all mail will arrive safely to its destination, albeit, mail can be slow.
Written June 11, 2018
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Olivia S
London, UK371 contributions
Beautiful place for souvenirs
Sep 2017 • Couples
We've looked everywhere in Cuenca for a descent souvenir shop. Just as we were about to give up we walked past this amazing shop!

The quality of the products here are amazing and a very good price! We've been travelling the last 6 months through the Americas and this was certainly one of the best shops we've visited.

They also have the option to ship worldwide too (very expensive but handy if you need it as an option).

The lady in the shop was also wonderful. Very kind and just let us take our time around the store which is much appreciated (nothing worse then someone floating next to you)

Absolutely go if you are looking for a wide range of beautiful handicrafts.
Written September 29, 2017
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Daphne L
4 contributions
Wonderful Souvenir Store with lovely owner
Jul 2017
Best store in Cuenca for well priced, good quality souvenirs. Owner is a charming woman who explains where each item is from and how it's made.
Written July 26, 2017
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Galapagos Artesanias is open:
  • Sun - Sun 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Mon - Sat 8:30 AM - 7:00 PM