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Trip Start Sep 19, 2009
Trip End May 19, 2010

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Friday, November 13, 2009

Off again, and this time the taxi driver was chasing a bus that had actually left the station, which we just managed to get (we are yet to wait even one minute for a bus in Ecuador!). We arrived at the south terminal in Quito three hours later. It was huge and brand new, even more impressive than an airport - trouble is it is so far south of the city that we had a 45 minute taxi or about 3 buses to get to the north terminal for buses to Otavalo! Of course we took the taxi option, having been warned that it is a very dangerous city...

Another 2 hours and we had made it to Otavalo. Otavalo is famous for its markets, especially on Saturday when they most popular. The biggest market is the "artesanias" or crafts, but there are also two livestock markets and a local produce one. We read that all the vendors wore bright traditional clothing, but most that we saw were actually just wearing jeans! I spent most of the morning in the crafts one, it was like a maze; we would find one stall to come back to later after checking prices at other stalls, and then take about 20 minutes to find it again! I left Ben watching the rugby while I had my first shopping spree in 2 months :) The market was so colourful too, selling jewelery, alpaca blankets, clothes, hats, hammocks, you name it! Luckily for my bank balance I still have 6 months to go and no space in my bag!

All shopped out, we headed back to Quito for the night where we ventured out into the New Town for some food. The New Town has an amazing array of restaurants and bars and was full of tourists, it was like being in a holiday resort or something! "Gringoland" as one taxi driver told us!
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langleyfamily on

Looks like the most amazing place, probably good I am back in the UK, would have spent a fortune otherwise!

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