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... PuertoLago. The place is gorgeous, situated beside a lake at the base of a volcano. We arrived next at Otavalo, which is famous for its textile and artwork market. We wandered the market and bought bags, backpacks, coin purses, scarves, bracelets and 2 paintings. A productive visit. Finally, we went to Cotacachi, famous for its leather goods. Linda bought another scarf, we had a late lunch, and Alex drove us 2 hours back to Suzy's house in Tumbaco. ...
... list goes on and on. It is expected that you bargain in a place like this. There aren't price tags on the merchandise. You just throw out a price or wait for the seller to offer you a price. The prices for tourists is usually pretty inflated. I've done enough traveling now that I'm pretty comfortable with the bargaining process. Most of my transactions went something like this: ...
... couple, they finally begrudged them half a bottle. Despite the issues, we had a good night, chatting with the Canadian couple (Doug, and I always forget the girl's name) for some time, and playing cards with Jones and Anna.
The following day we hiked with Jones and Anna to the lovely Taxopampa waterfall, 40 minutes up a track made difficult by the thick and slippery mud. Returning to town, Casey and I had some questionable street food (fried rice ...
... lunch of chicken, rice and salad and we went off to our final stop of the day at Lake Cotacachi. This is the crater lake at the foot of the Cotacachi volcano in the Andes and it was stunning. It's named Cuicocha, or "lake of guinea pigs" as it has land in the middle of the lake in the shape of the animals. You can hike around the lake for 5 hours but as we were short of time and had a long journey back we took a short hike for about ...
... that we are all now a family has been expressed by several of our explorers. Many commented on how they have built relationships with each other that are stronger than they have expected. As we get packed and ready for the long day of traveling ahead, there is excitement in the air. This time, not of adventure, but of home and the loved ones that reside within. It has been an awesome journey, and we look forward to sharing it with you.
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