Jatun Pacha Hostel

Av 31 de Octubre n.19, Panamericana, Otavalo, ., Ecuador | Hostel
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Otavalo/Gender Roles

A travel blog entry by marsgrl200


I woke up feeling OK yesterday. My stomach was hurting a bit, but I figured it was just from not eating much on Friday. I got ready for a bit and then grabbed another granola bar. After about two bites, I didn't feel well at all. I started walking towards the bathroom, feeling like I was going to throw up again. Half-way there I almost did. I spent …

Otavalo Market

A travel blog entry by lucywillson


... loudly - slightly surreal given the surroundings. Dave sat down, I moved off to go outside to the public toilets, but then I noticed a girl in a bright pink dress standing at the main doors ready to go down the aisle, surrounded by her family who were also dressed to the nines! There was only a very light sprinkling of people in the pews. We made a swift but discreet exit and sat on a bench outside in the shade, instead.

After I'd been to the loo and ...

You Can Never be Unhappy in a Poncho

A travel blog entry by lisasadventures


... but the Otavaleņos gained an unexpected benefit from it. De Salazar set up a weaving workshop using the already skilled Indigenous people as a workforce. Soon Otavalo was supplying textiles to all of South America. Nowadays textiles and handcrafts from Otavalo are exported all around the world. And with these artistic skills came Otavalo's next big break - tourism. The famous Saturday market draws in tourists from around the world, pockets stuffed ...

Pigs, Orchids, & the Equator!

A travel blog entry by friesendm


... watching the interplay of Otavaleņo culture - people engaging in buying and selling and socializing in a fascinatingly fluid blend of transactions and interactions full of color and sounds and smells.

From the animal market, we continued to the main event of the day, our walk at Cuicocha Crater. A true caldera, rather than a crater, the lake formed after a post-eruption collapse eons ago. ...

Cloudy Skies and Vibrant Textiles

A travel blog entry by chimichenga


... to visit the crater lake at the base of the Cotacachi volcano. The lake is two miles wide, 600' deep and the trail that circles it is nine miles long, beginning at 9200' and reaching 10,300' at its highest point. I haven't had any issues with the altitude, but you certainly begin to feel it once you try walking uphill at these heights. The views were wonderful before the clouds rolled in, announcing a storm long before it ...


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