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Walmart, Tesco eat your heart out!

sunny 18 °C

On what was supposed to be our quiet resting day in Quito in between the Napo River and the Galapagos, the girls took Rob and I shopping..........to Otavalo, a two hour drive north of Quito. Otavalo actually has four markets...two food, one "small animals" and the crafts market. We were of course headed to the crafts market. As we went on a Wednesday┬┤it was only a pale shadow of the real think which takes place on a Saturday. Fortunately we will be a 1000 km away by then. This market occupies the whole plaza of downtown Otavalo. Any Ecuadorian craft you can think of is featured here. The majority of stalls though are for woven goods...lots of rugs, shawls, woolly hats and gloves and also jewellery galore. After two hours of extensive research (!) and haggling we came away with two hammocks(!), two cushion covers, three scarves, one shawl and the prize buy....an Ecuadorian football shirt!

We also stopped off at the Equator......very underwhelming and then on the way back at the Parque de Condor. Well we had to see one even if sadly they were in cages. We saw three in total. What magnificant birds! Simply huge. Sadly they now estimate that there are only 40 left in the wild in Ecuador! Very depressing!

Off to the Galapagos tomorrow, so I have no idea if we will get a chance to blog before we return here on Sunday for our last night before we begin our trek home. Hasta Luego!

Posted by NoyesRus 17:15

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