Yes, go to the big market!!!

Otavalo Travel Blog

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Dirk!
Since I left Lima, my plan was to go to Otavalo on a Saturday. My plan was very flexible, except of this detail, hehehe. This day I woke up early and was getting ready, when I went downstairs I saw William had already prepared breakfast. It was a typical American breakfast: eggs - he used some of the veggies last night - bacon, toasts and coffee. Mmm, not my favorite, so I also made fruit salad, yay!!! And Shawn made some juice. Great!

I was thinking about leaving Cotacachi early, but we finally left around 11am. The guys wanted to arrange accommodation and flights before leaving. We'd drive them back to Quito later that day, since we had to go to Quito's airport too.
just arrived to Otavalo, now remember where we parked hehe
Now, we were ready to leave. We all wanted to buy some souvenirs for friends and family and Lisa needed a bag for all the stuff she was buying, lol

It was already noon, when we arrived to Otavalo. The town looked nice and busy. We were lucky to find a parking spot just a couple of blocks away from the main square, so we didn't have to walk that much. The 4 of us started to walk together, but soon we realized that it was a mistake, better to split and meet later. Lisa and William would go one way and Shawn and me would go other.

I wanted to buy some presents and souvenirs, so this was the perfect opportunity. First of all, my dad's present. I thought about a Panama hat, when we were in Montecristi Shawn told me I could find cheaper ones in Otavalo and so I did. In Otavalo you have to bargain if you want to get a discount.
refreshing coconut juice
I'm used to bargain here, so it didn't take me long to learn how to do it, hehehe. I found the hat. It was cheap! US$10!!! hahaha. But for my family I bought that in Montecristi, hehehe.

Then I saw some magnets, yay!!! Finally!!! got a few with different names written on them, hehehe. We bought a snack: tostado, which is toasted corn, yummy! We kept on walking and I was looking for a present for mom. I saw a nice pashmina and decided to get it. Shawn liked it too, so we got 2 one for me and one for the presents he had to take back home next week. He also needed to do some shopping. He was visiting family next week. He found some whistles and crayons. I got some crayons for my niece too.

We weren't hungry, but went to a restaurant just to check the view from the 2nd floor hehehe. It was nice seing all the blue stands, how nice! When we were about going downstairs we saw something funny on the table.
the achiotillo aka hairy strawberry
It was a fruit that Shawn called: hairy strawberry. A man approoached to us and told us that the fruit was the "achotillo" and the juice he was holding was made of that, mmm. He gave me an achotillo and told me how to eat it. I'd try it! It was tasty, although not that juicy...

Back to the streets we were still looking for more presents. This time wasn't a present I wanted to get a sweater. I forgot to bring a light one from Peru. I found a nice one, yay! Then we kept on walking looking for matching sweaters for Shawn's nieces. That would be awesome if the 2 of them have matching sweaters. In our way, we saw some street food. Shawn pointed something that according to him wasn't that good. I approached to the lady. Did I see "sangrecita" blood? We had a similar dish here. I asked the lady: "Is that sangrecita?" "Yes!"- she said - "Would you like to try?" "Sure! Thanks!" Shawn was amazed when I grabbed the potato covered with sangrecita and gave it a bite, hehe.
ok, I'll try it
It was yummy. I gave him the other half, but not sure if he liked it :P

Then I found a nicer sweater for me, oh no!!! Well, the sweater I bought before matched with Shawn's nieces', so we had an idea why don't I sell Shawn my sweater and with the money got the other one? He agreed, yay!!! So, I got a sweater and he got 3 matching sweaters. The big one would be for his nieces' mom. Now the 3 women of the family would be wearing a uniform, hahaha.

It was 2:30pm when we decided to go for lunch. Believe it or not, I wasn't asking for local food, hahaha. So, we went to a nice cafe, which was also part of my recommended places. They serve organic and healthy food, yummy! The place was small and cozy. They also had a nice balcony with a great view of the market. We didn't sit outside. It was windy.
nice view from the restaurant
First we ordered some appetizers: guacamole, nachos and beans.

Later, Lisa got a veggie lassagna, William a burger, Shawn a tuna sandwich and I got tasty tomatoes stuffed with cheese and spinach. Food was very good and we were all full. We left the restaurant around 3:30pm and started to walk back to the car. In our way we kept on looking interesting stuff, but couldn't stay longer. Shawn had to be back in Cotacachi and I wanted to go shopping there too, hehehe. Why shopping there? well, Cotacachi was the Leather Capital!!!
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Dirk!
Dirk!
just arrived to Otavalo, now remem…
just arrived to Otavalo, now reme…
refreshing coconut juice
refreshing coconut juice
the achiotillo aka hairy strawberry
the achiotillo aka hairy strawberry
ok, Ill try it
ok, I'll try it
nice view from the restaurant
nice view from the restaurant
naranjilla. Because of the name I …
naranjilla. Because of the name I…
breakfast was ready
breakfast was ready
nice view of the volcano
nice view of the volcano
2nd book
2nd book
busy streets
busy streets
busy streets
busy streets
woman with the typical dress
woman with the typical dress
fritada! deep fried pork (meat and…
fritada! deep fried pork (meat an…
empanada de papa, these were fried…
empanada de papa, these were frie…
street food - cebiche de chocho - …
street food - cebiche de chocho -…
busy town
busy town
many people and tourists
many people and tourists
blue landscape
blue landscape
it was a big market
it was a big market
huge open market
huge open market
toc, toc
toc, toc
nice decoration
nice decoration
juice and fruit
juice and fruit
will close it...
will close it...
should I buy it?
should I buy it?
me and the seller :)
me and the seller :)
potatoes and sangrecita
potatoes and sangrecita
the tagua aka vegetal ivory. You c…
the tagua aka vegetal ivory. You …
nice surroundings
nice surroundings
our appetizers :P
our appetizers :P
veggie lassagna
veggie lassagna
my stuffed tomatoes
my stuffed tomatoes
Shawns tuna sandwich
Shawn's tuna sandwich
nice pineapple!
nice pineapple!
scary elf
scary elf
pig
pig
kiss hahaha
kiss hahaha
oink
oink
dessert or salty snack? bread with…
dessert or salty snack? bread wit…
nice graffiti
nice graffiti
Otavalo Restaurants, Cafes & Food review
Healthy and tasty food at Buena Vista Restaurant
If you are looking for a place with great view and healthy and tasty food, this is the one. Buena Vista is located on the 2nd of a building on the … read entire review
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