We have started what I would call the first of our “real” travel. Galapagos was quite planned out. We packed our backpacks and headed for the two hour bus ride to Otovalo. First off-my pack is flippin heavy! 36 pounds is more than I wanted for weight so will need to figure that out. The tickets were only $2 per person and the bus ride was surprisingly comfortable and beautiful sightseeing. We drove through a mountainous area up and down these green hills with some streams in between. Once we arrived in Otovalo we headed to the hostel Keith had chosen. I felt like I was 20 again walking around the narrow streets of this city with my legs feeling the weight of my pack…..but I was smiling for sure! Found our hostel with no problems and have checked in here for two days. Cute hostel with our own room and bathroom. Clearly it is much less expensive here-only $26/night including breakfast!
Had a great night sleep our first night and arose to a day at the famous markets here. Oh my gosh was it amazing! The first one we ran across was full of vegetables and meats. Every kind of meat you can think of – pig head, cow livers and hearts, cow eyes….they don’t waste anything on the animal. The veggies were so fresh and robust. The green onions were absolutely gigantic! Keith tells me that volcanic soil is ripe for growing and that sure shows! I walked that particular market twice it was so fascinating. Next we wandered through the clothing and “stuff” market. Here we both bought hats made out of alpaca and they are so soft. I could have filled an entire suitcase from here with gifts for all my family and friends. Given the fact I have six months and my bag is already way too heavy I had to be okay with just a hat. Here they have what is called almuerzo which is a set menu at many restaurants for lunch. Ours was soup (yes it did have a chicken foot in the bottom of it) and chicken with rice and some juice. It was fantastic! Not too mention for the both of us it was a mere $3.50!
Tomorrow we rise early and catch the bus back to Quito. I have to pick up my camera from a camera repair shop and then we are bussing it to Banos which is a city full of waterfalls and volcanos. Until next time!