Ecuador(cont’d) Part 5- The market of Otavalo
We arrived at the main bus station in Otavalo, Ecuador, asked for directions, and soon were headed for the central market.
We easily found the market . The merchandise was good quality with reasonable prices. I bought a hat for $10. In general, I think the quality of crafts in Ecuador is very high compared to other countries.
One of the crafts that I really like in Ecuador is the very unusual chess sets that they make. Many of the vendors sell them. I bought one for a friend.
The market was crowded for a Sunday. Glad we did not come on a Saturday….they say it is really crazy then! The vendors love to bargain. All were very friendly. Several of them wanted to hear the story of why we were in Ecuador. It was a great opportunity to practice our Spanish.
We walked around for 1.5 hours, then found a little restaurant for lunch. No English spoken here! I had a large piece of grilled chicken with carrots and broccoli and club soda. Jim had a big plate of trout with veggies and a beer. Total cost was around $12.
While eating lunch, we asked the owner about going to the town of Cotacachi which was about 20-30 minutes away. He thought it would be a good idea. We could go by bus for $1 or taxi for $5. We opted for the taxi which the owner called for us.
Next-We move on to the town of Cotacachi
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