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Couple enjoying ice cream near Casa Gangotena Boutique Hotel in Quito.
Ice Cream de Paila outside of Casa Gangotena
Family taking a selfie near Casa Gangotena Boutique Hotel in Quito's historic district.
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Venture into Quito’s Historic Center!

Stroll along the cobblestone streets, admire the iconic churches and plazas, learn about our cultural heritage and experience the vibrant and welcoming life of our neighborhood. We are committed to contributing to, and creating positive impacts for, the community around us. Therefore, we pledged to support De Vuelta Al Centro, a project that wants to see Quito’s Historic Center, its shops, its neighborhood life and its streets thrive. At Casa Gangotena, we want our guests to enjoy our neighborhood just as much as they enjoy their stay with us.
We’ve prepared these videos to give you a taste of the emblematic shops that we have the privilege of sharing this vicinity with, and to get to know the people behind the counter, their stories, and their legacy. By visiting and purchasing something from these shops you’ll be supporting local artisans and keeping these emblematic businesses alive.

Wander, be curious and meet our neighbors!

Local artisan near Casa Gangotena Boutique Hotel in Quito's traditional almacen.
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Almacén Manto Sagrado

Manto Sagrado has been intricately handweaving and embroidering garments exclusively for baby Jesus and other religious figures for over 100 years. Find out what it means to “dress saints” in Quito!
Hat maker from Sombreros Lopez near Casa Gangotena Boutique Hotel in Quito.
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Sombreros López

Stepping inside Sombreros López means traveling back in time… to the 1930s. This traditional hat shop has been handmaking this popular accessory for four generations.
Joyful vendor near Casa Gangotena Boutique Hotel crafting chocolates.
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Rocafuerte Street candy

You won’t be able to walk along Rocafuerte Street without being enveloped in the sweet scent of sugar and peanuts. Confitería El Gato is a must-stop to taste all kinds of traditional Quiteño sweets!
Local shop owner in Quito near Casa Gangotena Boutique Hotel, sharing stories.
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Ecuador Shops

Tucked underneath San Francisco Church, this souvenir shop houses a great collection from Ecuadorian artisans and artists. The artifacts you will find inside are exclusive to the shop and carefully crafted and curated.
Artisan crafting at Casa Gangotena in Quito, a unique Boutique Hotel experience.
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Casa Santa Bárbara

This traditional house with a central patio is home to a number of artists, jewelry and fashion designers, shoemakers, a mini-theater, and delicious restaurants.
Local neighbor greeting outside a herbal stall near Casa Gangotena Boutique Hotel in Quito.
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El Secreto de las Plantas

The wisdom to heal with medicinal plants has been in Emma Lagla’s family for many generations. Her extensive “plant cabinet” on display has everything you need to cure any and all ailments… the natural way.

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