The Mira Lago tourist stop is really nothing but a tourist trap, but it can really be fun. It does provide a great view of the Laguna San Paulo in the valley below, but to get to that view, you must first pass through the gift shop. I would have even been keen on buying some of the Christmas ornaments if they still made them from a type of bread dough, but for some reason, the government intervened and prohibited the practice. They had a llama available for people to photograph themselves with as well as something where you put your head through a hole and appear as though dressed in native clothes.
Fun Alternatives: Keep on going down the Pan American Highway to Otavalo where everything is real.
Abdon Calderon and Sucre (CORNER), Otavalo, Ecuador
Good for: Couples
Cotacachi Imbabura, Cotacachi, EC
Good for: Business
The Hacienda Cusin is just outside Otavalo, at the foot of the Imbabura Volcano. It was built in...more