Finally I left Quito and took a break from school for some days. And a place to go when you’re in Quito is definitely Otavalo. It’s located 2 to 2 1/2 hours north of Quito on an altitude of 2.550 meters. Otavalo is known for it’s saturdays handicraft market which is supposed to be the biggest of Ecuador. Therefore the city is normally quite during the week but gets overrun by tourists on weekends.
But there’s more to do and to see and if you have the chance go there during the week and stay for some days. You shouldn’t miss the handicraft market which you can visit as well in a smaller version during the week. Don’t miss the animal market on saturday morning between 7 and 10 and if you don’t want to go shopping, neither a guinea pig nor a new poncho, you can visit a number of natural spots such as the laguna Cuicocha, the cascada Peguche or the parque Condor.
This time I don’t have to make any corrections to what’s been said in the video, just one thing…. thank you Chanti for being my lovely Co-Moderator, Inge and Sarah for being more than one time the Camera Kids, Diego for learning me the correct pronunciation of Facebook the Argentinian way and Matthias, Shaggy, Santiago, Stefan, Ben, Hillary, Ilse and Natasha for some super cool days in Otavalo.
I got there on wednesday with just a tiny backpack cause I met the boss of my new school just right before leaving Quito and she took my big backpack to my next destination. So traveling with light luggage is way more comfortable and safer as well. Spend wednesday to saturday in Otavalo and left on sunday morning for Baños. The way is back via Quito, crossing the city because Quito has two major bus terminals, one in the very north and one in the south and sometimes the trip between those terminal is longer than the rest of the journey. From the south terminal it’s a 3 1/2 hour bus-ride to Baños. So I got here sunday in the afternoon and started my school again on monday.
More about Baños, the reason for calling this place bathroom and much more in the next edition.
Now have fun watching the video and hope you get a bit of a feeling of what it’s like in Otavalo, see you and hear you,