As I wandered around the market stalls taking my photos I began to realise that all the women were dressed in a similar style, rather different from the indigenous people I had seen in Quito. This is the traditional dress of the Otavaleña. It consists of white blouses, with coloured embroidery (usually of flowers) and flared lace sleeves, worn with...more
Abdon Calderon and Sucre (CORNER), Otavalo, Ecuador
Good for: Couples
While I always like to bring back a souvenir or two from our travels, neither Chris nor I see shopping as a major holiday activity, and we hadn’t expected to buy a lot at Otavalo, being more interested in taking photos of the activity than participating in it. However a number of things did catch my eye and I couldn’t resist making a few purchases....more
At certain points of the track the signs were missing, so some members of our group missed the fork of our hiking trail.It was only one hour later that they found out that they were wrong. So the walked for two hours more.Also the fact that we did the trail in the other direction, did not make it easier to find the right track, lucky for us some...more
At first our guide had told us that the hike would be about four hours, but finally we needed six hours to complete the walk.Most of us just brought one bottle of water, so the last hour was pretty thirsty.Also because of the sun and the cold dry wind.So it is important to bring plenty of water, as there are no places along the volcano lake were...more
Our guide told us that at the highest point of the hike, there was a cabin. And that was something to look forward during the difficult parts of the walk.But, I thought on a cabin like in Germany or Austria, where you can drink some soup, or eat something. But Oh no, it was no cabin at all, just a kind of wooden summer house. At that place we did...more
Laguna de Mojanda
Bring warm clothes! It is pretty much always cold in Mojanda. It tends to hail pretty bad and borderline snow. If you plan to walk around much take some rubber boots. I had regular boots on and they got muddy. When the fog starts rolling in it gets very cold. If you plan to hike around in the forrest in the area the rubber boots will come in...more
I have found out that you can take a taxi from Otavalo to the lakes ($10 one-way, $6 per hour waiting time for return trip).We took our own car which was not a 4X4 and since the road is not paved, got real muddy and we got stuck in the mud. Thank goodness some cars passed by and helped us push. We got lucky because not too many cars do pass. This...more
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San José de Chaltura
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This is the place that we went to to eat Cuy (pronounced COOee). It is a quechua word for guinie pig.
We heard that Chaltura is the place to go to for good cuy so here we are. At la hornilla the place is very clean, great atmosphere. alot of plants everwhere and the service was very good.
Favorite Dish: We i only had one dish here, the cuy served with potatoes boiled and a really good salad. I have to say the cuy was very good. Not gamey like i thought it would be. Definately much better than duck. And it tastes like chicken.
The price was $8 for the plate and it was bid enough to share with my cousin.
Get the daily set menu—It's huge meal for $10, and the food is good. The Set Menu on the day I visited:Empanada verdeLocro de Queso (soup)Big pork chop with salad, 2 roasted potatoes, vegetable, fried bananaTorte de tres lechesI couldn't finish it.more
Cotacachi Imbabura, Cotacachi, EC
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La Choza restaurant is conveniently located just off the two parks at the center of Ibarra, at the corner of Calle Sucre and Oviedo. It has good Ecuadorean cuisine, friendly and prompt service and a casual atmosphere. The soup/stew is especially good. Most of the diners are locals.The restaurant funds and/or is the home base for a number of...more
There isn't any ONE shop that I'm recommending. However, Ibarra IS an excellent place to get carved wooden items of almost every possible ilk. From tiny carved hummingbirds up to wooden crocodiles weighing hundreds of pounds, it's all available around Ibarra. Pricing, like everything in Ecuador, is more reasonable than you'd ever expect. Various...more
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