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Convent Shops - Shopping Quito - Ecuador

Whether your skin dried by Quito's high altitude needs rejeuvenation, or you've picked up a bug on your jungle excursion, you can find relief at three convents in Quito's Centro Histórico. They dedicate themselves to making homemade sweets and natural medicines made from their own huertas (garden-farm plots). Proceeds from the sales support the nuns' communities and projects. The shops are typically open Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Convento de Santa Clara (Calles Rocafuerte and Cuenca) – The sisters here make a cucumber cream, makeup remover and other skin products, and also produce wine and have a bakery.

Monasterio e Iglesia del Carmen del Alto (Calles Rocafuerte and García Moreno) – At this historical cloistered convent – one of the oldest in the city and founded by Saint Mariana de Jesús (1618-1665) – the Carmelitas Descalzas specialize in raising bees. You may find beewswax candles, honey candies and holy wine, as well as the sisters' renowned embroidery and other crafts.

Convento de Santa Catalina (Calles Flores and Espejo) – This community carries a wide range of health products, including old-time home remedies like horseradish cough syrup, and teas for all sorts of ailments. The honey-bees' wax cream is excellent for relieving dry skin and nice for massages. While at Convento de Santa Catalina drop by its museum (Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5p.m. Entry: $1.50).


Quito, Ecuador


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