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Otavalo & Cayambe


Day 17 - 10th August 2013


Part 1 - Markets & Street Festivals

 

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A much earlier than expected start saw us heading off to Otavalo - a town famous for its market. I have to admit we didn't much fancy part of a day in a market, but both the food market (pictures below) and the regular market (no photos) were actually pretty interesting - needless to say we bought a Panama hat, bracelets and a painting amongst other things, despite having gone there not really after anything.

Cayambe volcano - 4670m high and the only point on the equator with snow cover...


 


Lago San Pablo...

A handy stop-off for local leaf-wrapped cheese for dipping in hot drinks and for Biscochos - not to mention a bit of touristy posing





 




Otavalo


 


Food Market

Fresh fruit juices...
 




Suckling pig aisle - they also had stalls with huge sheets of crackling...





Traditional dress...


 


The guy with the huge knife was selling live crabs - presumably the knife was to dispatch them rather than to protect his stock from marauding crab thieves...





Assorted fruits...





More traditionally dressed ladies...


 


and traditionally dressed gents...





Bras - one dollar - now you're interested...





Street Festival

Celebrating the region's Independence Day...



 


In Ecuadorian festivals there are traditional roles...





This is the leader with a whip to encourage people to dance and join in - we were driving past in a minibus when I took these photos, so out of the way of physical encouragement...





This chap is encouraging consumption of the local cane alcohol - Canelazo...


 


Other revellers...










Followed by the band...


 


 
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D1 - Heathrow to Amsterdam D2 - Amsterdam to Quito D3 - Hummingbirds
D4 - Quito City Tour D5 - San Cristobal - Playa Baquerizo D6 - San Cristobal - Laguna el Junco
D7 - San Cristobal - Kicker Rock D8 - Floreana - Iguanas & Turtles D9 - Floreana & Isabella
D10 - Isabella - Trek - Volcan Chico D11 - Isabella - Trek - Sulphur & Sunsets D12 - Isabella - Mud, Mangroves & Tortoises
D13 - Isabella - Wall of Tears D14 - Santa Cruz - Market, CDRS & Tortuga D15 - Bartolome
D16 - Return to Quito D17 - Otavalo, Equator & Parc Condor D18 - Return to the UK