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Apr 5, 2018 - Otavalo Market north of Quito

Breakfast was at 7 AM so we could board a small bus at 8 AM and go to market! On the way, we stopped at an overlook and learned that the Equator is very near us and not really at the place where the monument is. Terry remembers being on a trip where she stopped at the equator and did the water test. While standing on the equator, water drops straight down a funnel. On the northern side, only one step away, water turns clockwise and down a funnel. On the southern side, only a step away from the line, water turns counterclockwise down a...

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May 1, 2016 - The border of Ecuador and to Otavato

Today after breakfast we load up the truck and are off to go the Sancturio de las Lajas a neo-gothic church built in 1906. This church is built across a river at the bottom of a steep canyon, were the image of the virgin Mary was said to be, as it was a Sunday it was very busy. Was a long walk down hill to the church and even longer walking back up, LOL. Back on the truck we now head to the border, on the way we meet a large group of protesters marching on the road lucky we was able get though them and on to the border, a we passed them...

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Dec 8, 2014 - Mindo

After a terrific week in Quito and environs, it was time to move on. Our next stop was the tiny town of Mindo nestled high in the cloud forest about 2.5 hours west of Quito. What´s a cloud forest I can hear you asking yourself. Well, it´s a tropical or subtropical moist forest that has a persistent or frequent low level cloud cover at about the height of the forest´s canopy. Most of the precipitation is from fog drip or condensation on leaves from the cloud cover that drips to the forest floor. Cloud forests tend to have lots of really cool...

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Dec 6, 2014 - Otavalo Craft Market

Approximately two hours north of Quito is the famous town of Otavalo which houses a weekly craft market on Saturdays that is known throughout the country. While it's not ideal to do craft shopping in the first few days of your stay in a country, this was the only Saturday that was going to work for us so we arranged for a share taxi and headed off to Otavalo early Saturday morning. The ride gave us our first view of the legendary Panamerican Highway which originates in Alaska and ends at the southern tip of Argentina. The section of the...

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Jun 9, 2014 - Days 294 to 298 - Otavalo, Ecuadaor

I arrived in Otavalo (Ecuador) on Friday 6th June after an eight hour journey from Baños, instead of the six hours advertised! At some point during the evening we had crossed the Equator and I was now back in the northern hemisphere. Fortunately, I had booked a hostel so no wandering around the streets of Otavalo looking for some digs at stupid o’clock. A short taxi journey to the hostel and I was soon tucked in bed. The following morning dawned dry and bright and, as I tootled off to brekkie, I saw the views for the first time and it...

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May 25, 2014 - Quito to Otavalo, Ecuador

Sunday 25th May 2014 Quito to Otavalo, Ecuador Up early today and then had breakfast at 7.30am in the hotel and left at 8.00am on the trip that will finally take us to La Paz, Bolivia, arriving on 1st July. Today is fine and cool in Quito and there is no traffic because it's Sunday. We first set out today to the north to visit Otavalo, the place we visited two weeks ago on the way into Quito. On the way north we stopped at the Equator, latitude 0:00 degrees. As we had been to this place two weeks ago, we didn't do the tour again, but the...

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May 10, 2014 - Ipiales, Colombia to Otavalo, Ecuador

Saturday 10th May 2014 Ipiales, Colombia to Otavalo, Ecuador No breakfast in the hotel today so we out around the corner and bought a few slices of thick toast, very crunchy. We also had a cup of coffee in the hotel before we went by taxi to get to the truck. David went with the driver direct to where the truck was parked and Lynn went to the bus station in another taxi. The driver brought the truck around to the bus station and we went to a very famous church near the town of Ipiales. The church is set in a deep ravine and apparently has...

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Oct 5, 2013 - Otavalo and Cotacachi Ecuador: Shopping

I took a tour bus to visit the well know Saturday Market town of Otavalo, about a 2 hour ride from Quito. We made several stops on the way. Our route took us between two of Quito's volcanoes. The inactive Imbabura with the large lake, Laguna de San Pablo lake and the very active Pichincha. Was a beautiful scenic ride. But the highlight was Otavalo and the markets. Stall after stall of mostly woven scarves, shawls, sweaters, table runners and rugs. But also lots of beaded jewelery, wood carvings, and local produce. I only had an hour and...

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Mar 1, 2013 - Markets and waterfalls

Feb. 29 Soyla and Juan treated us to another fantastic breakfast, we said our good byes and climbed back into the trucks to catch the bus in Ibarra. This time we were all on alert so no shoes were lost in transport. After checking into our hotel in Otavalo we met, discussed the options, when to meet and then split up. Mike and I dropped off some laundry and joined Chris, John, Cindy and Susan. We flagged down a couple of taxis and headed to Peguche. We stopped for some lunch which was a disaster. We ordered, waited, the waitress came back...

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Jul 23, 2012 - Churches and the Middle of the World

July 23 Up early again and met our tour group – we are now 33... A bunch of folks from Ploand, some from DC, some more from California. Juan Carlos – our tour manager, went over some of the stuff we were going to do, and then the expectations. We boarded the bus and headed to downtown Quito. Streets just as narrow as in Peru. We ended up in the center square and visited the outside of the Quito cathedral – interesting in that the gargoyles are all animals – turtles, bats, anteaters... Lots of vendors as well but not very pushy. Being a...

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Jan 16, 2012 - Otavalo y más

If there is one thing I´ve learned about BCA, it´s that they know how to travel efficiently. This past weekend we visited several places, all relatively close but with completely different things to appreciate and learn from. First we headed to the Los Piramides de Cochasqui. These ruins are pre-Incan and sites similar to them can be found all over Ecuador. The reality is that Ecuador has more historical heritage sites per acre than Peru. What makes Peru more famous is that the ruins are made of stone and have a more aesthetic presence....

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Nov 12, 2011 - Que Bonita!!

Hi Everyone!!! We made it to Ecuador, had no problems with the flight or taxi's, thank goodness Jen M speaks spanish we are getting around pretty easily, and I'm recognizing a lot more of the language than I thought I would! Our tour guide ROCKS!! So far we stayed at the Hotel Quito then saw a bunch of neo-classical and baroque churhes, ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!! Today we also visited the Equator and were truly in the middle of the WORLD! The experiments and culture of the people are very intriquing. Now we are in the volcano country and the...

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