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The last stop on our tour of the communities north of Quito was OtovaloOtovalo is known for its large open-air indigenous handicraft market.

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Tourists (like us) shop there for these items, but also the locals shop there for fresh fruits, vegetables, and spices.


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We spent the day bargaining for treasures to take home to our families and friends, a few for ourselves too.

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Afterwards we visited the home of an indigenous man, Antonio Quinotoa, for lunch.  Antonio is the godson of the Academia president, Diego, who led our weekend trip north of Quito.  Antonio prepared us a traditional meal in an earth oven.

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We had quinoa soup, roasted chicken with potatoes, corn on the cob, and vegetables and even tried some cuy.  Desert was a tomate de arbol baked in a sweet syrup.

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While eating lunch we were treated to live Andean music and several of us danced with the children.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. MetaMarsha
    Aug 05, 2013 @ 11:33:12

    I loved living in Ecuador, and have really missed it lately. Otavalo was one of my favorite places. The wares were wonderful, but the best part was really the choice of delicious fruits and vegetables. That’s where I learned the carrots we get in the U.S. can barely be called carrots. And where I learned I could actually drink milk and eat ice cream in Ecuador even though I can’t in the U.S. Wonderful stuff and a wonderful place. Thanks for sharing your experience there.


    • Dr. Cynthia Bellacero
      Aug 05, 2013 @ 11:36:35

      HI, Thanks for stopping by and sharing your Ecuador experience too. I too enjoyed all the local produce available. All those tropical fruits that are hard to find here were abundant there. Everything tasted so much better too.


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