"The soul of a journey is liberty, perfect liberty, to think, feel, do just as one pleases." ~William Hazlitt
Otavalo Market & Peguche Waterfall
The town of Otavalo sits about two hours north of Quito. It’s a Kichwa (local indigenous native) community, famous for handcrafts like weaving, sculpture and embroidery. People come from all over for the market, especially on Saturdays. There’s also some great hiking in the area, including volcanos, lakes — and a waterfall that we wanted to visit.
We wanted to come up the night before and get a hostel. We didn’t realize what leaving a city of two million people on a Friday evening would be like. The two hour trip took us four hours, and for the last leg we abandoned the bus system and took a taxi.
Our hostel, Hostal Doña Esther, had a fantastic restaurant, which I highly recommend, and delightful staff. Our room could have been more comfortable, quieter and had more hot water, but the atmosphere in the place was charming. I think there may be better places to sleep in Otavalo.
I didn’t bring my camera, but Craig shot some pictures of the market & the hike:
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