A Family RTW Travel Adventure (2008-2009)
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ADIP: Otavalo Day Trip

A Day In Pictures
Otavalo Day Trip

On Saturday we took a day trip north of Quito to the Otavalo Market and surrounding area.

Otavalo has been a crossroads and market town for thousands of years.  Today tourists from around the world visit by the busload to bargain for rugs, sweaters, jewelry, art and local crafts.

While the market has become a bit of tourist show, it has made Otavalenos the wealthiest, most commercially successful indigenas (indigenous people) in Ecuador.

As we traveled into Ecuador’s northern highlands, the views were spectacular.

Mountain View

The market lived up to advance billing: colorful, vibrant, offering most every product imaginable.

Street View



Knit Hat

But the Otavalenos were more interesting than anything offered for sale.



We left Otavalo to have a traditional Ecuadorian lunch in Otacachi, where we found this rather odd stature. Never did get the story behind it.

Strange Statues

Next we stopped for a look at Laguna de Cuicocha in the Reserva Ecologica Cotachai-Cayapas, a huge reserve that protects western Andean habitats.

Laguna de Cuicocha

And as we headed back to Quito, we stopped at the equator monument near Cayambe. It doesn’t have the flash of La Mitad del Mundo – but it does have the advantage of actually being on the equator!*


*The very commercial La Mitad del Mundo monument north of Quito is actually several hundred yards off the equator.


1 Lillian { 08.02.08 at 9:18 pm }

Wow thats really pretty. Im really not sure what that statue is either.

2 Danielle { 08.03.08 at 9:32 am }

How has the food been so far? I am a bit worried about my picky eaters.

3 eunice { 08.04.08 at 11:06 am }

Hi! Love your travel pics! This is really an exotic trip for me! I hope to visit South America one day. Keep posting! 😀

4 Marshall { 08.04.08 at 7:28 pm }

I wish I had a face like the Otovalenos

5 molly { 08.15.08 at 10:17 am }

i wanna see that place!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

6 Mark H { 08.29.08 at 9:14 pm }

Fantastic market!

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