What $100 Buys in... Quito
For their latest mother-daughter trip, Cathy Alifrangis of Herndon, Va., and daughter Christina explored Ecuador's capital, where the American dollar—the local currency—goes a long way.
$16 Hat Panama hats actually originated in Ecuador, where they're handwoven from native Carludovica palmata straw. Fine hats sold at Homero Ortega Peñafiel e Hijos take a month to finish. Benalcázar N 2-52, between Bolivar and Sucre, 593/22-953-337, homeroortega.com.
$10 Prints The museum, and former home, of Oswaldo Guayasamín, a Quito-born painter who depicted the country's indigenous Indians, is on a hill above the city. Calle José Bosmediano 543, 011-593/22-465-265.
$8 CD Traditional folk music, played on wind instruments carved from Andean carrizo trees, can be found at Artesanías Sumagta. García Noreno 8-92 and Espejo, 011-593/22-953-025.
$5 Napkin rings Artisans on the outskirts of Calderón use colored bread dough to sculpt tableware in the shapes of animals and dolls. El Danzante, Calle Carapungo 771 and Quitus, 011-593/22-825-892.
$5 Pan flute Street musicians often perform on the rondador, a straight pan flute that produces two tones at a time. Find it at Centro Cultural Tianguez, a free-trade store that supports vendors nationwide. Plaza de San Francisco.
$9 Necklaces Tagua seeds, which are found in the jungles of Ecuador, look like ivory when carved to make jewelry. Centro Cultural Tianguez, Plaza de San Francisco.
$3 Bowl Indian mucahua pottery is traditionally used for drinking chicha, a fermented beverage made with maize or yucca. Centro Cultural Tianguez, Plaza de San Francisco.
$20 Mask Each June 21, the residents of Quito wear wooden animal masks to celebrate the harvest festival of Corpus Christi. Centro Cultural Tianguez, Plaza de San Francisco.
$7 Basket Generations of fisherman have been using these V-shaped baskets to hold their daily catch. Centro Cultural Tianguez, Plaza de San Francisco.
$6 Belt The Indians of Ecuador's Sierra region believe that the rainbow is a link between heaven and earth, which is why most native clothing is woven with all the colors of the rainbow. Centro Cultural Tianguez, Plaza de San Francisco.
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