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Quebrada Mojandita

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6 travelers at this place:

  • Day238

    Out and About in Otavalo

    March 24 in Ecuador

    We travelled two hours by bus from Quito to Otavalo in the north of Ecuador. Otavalo, while only a small town of about 40,000 people, is famous for its Saturday market, which seems to cover most of the centre of the town. We got to Otavalo and quickly set out to explore the stalls that lined the streets. Stalls selling jewellery, ponchos, shrunken heads and much more filled every available space. It was impossible to see everything in the one day. But what was possible was running into a Canadian couple, Pierre and Gita, who we had meet in a hotel in Huanchaco (and ran into in Baños and the Galápagos Islands). Now we were all staying at the same hostel again. It seems this (small) world, at least Latin America, has been overrun by travelling Canadians oot and aboot in search of warmer climates.

    While the Canadian's tried to avoid the cold Canadian winter, we continued in our search for the world's greatest pastry (or was that the greatest ice-cream or dessert). It seemed we couldn't go from one corner to the next without testing the local produce. The fruit salad laden with cream and cream-cheese was justified because, hey, there's fruit in it. At one point, Jason became possessed by one of the Real Housewives of Melbourne, Lydia, and kept telling Ricky that if he wanted to gorge himself he would and if he wanted to go on a diet he would. The latter is inevitable.

    The next day, we were awakened by the chiming of church bells and a procession of people filing into the church carrying cuttings from their crops. We stood outside looking on as most people adorned themselves in traditional costume. Most women wore white embroidered blouses with laced sleeves teamed with a dark coloured skirt and matching bands around their waist and hair. Many of the women also wore gold beaded necklaces, with the number of necklaces and size of the beads indicating age and wisdom. Men, on the hand, wore white pants with a blue poncho. One of the processions (yes, there were many throughout the day) included a re-enactment of Jesus on a donkey and people chanting in the background. For two atheists, it was a fascinating ritual to witness before heading to our next destination.

    Next stop: Ibarra

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  • Day28

    Otavalo

    June 27, 2016 in Ecuador

    My Spanish teacher is passionate - and somewhat opinionated - about her subject and Ecuador: she keeps me on my toes: 2 to 5 hours of lessons a day, some homework, and full immersion into Spanish during meals and excursions. She is widely travelled in South America, fiercely independent (after some tough experiences in the past) and patriotic, highlighting the very hands-on achievements of the Correa government: great strides in public education, a free public health system, a decent minimum wage, regular payment of salaries, improved public transport ...
    In the Otavalo region, I get to see the market, of course, and the Peguche waterfall in one of the nature reserves which are free to the public.
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  • Day5

    Bahnhof von Otavalo

    July 19, 2016 in Ecuador

    Am Bahnhof von Otavalo startet dann auch unsere Reise mit dem Tren Crucero. Hier wartet schon unser Zug für heute auf uns. Auf einer Drehscheibe wird die Dampflok noch mit Muskelkraft gedreht, was für ein Spektakel. Das sehen auch die Otavalenos nicht alle Tage... :-)

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