Quito, Otavalo and back to Qutio
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we arrived in the early afternoon into Quito airport which was quite the experience as the airport is tiny and the runway shaves the roof off house. they are in the process of building a new one but this was fun to land in. after transfering to our hotel and settling in we set about deciding what to do so we made tracks to telefonica. a cable car to the peak of one of the surrounding mountains (4100m). after this we met our group, had some dinner tasted our first pilsner then hit the hay as we were shattered from all the travelling over the 2 days.
the next morning we had our first taste of ecuador transport and got the bus the otavalo. the bus station was hectic with touts running rings around you selling a ticket on there bus and the toilets were a charge system depending on what you need to use them for! when we got there we went to Laguana Cuicocha a volcanic lake with some beautiful scenery before moving on to local house where we saw some hand made wool which is a dying art we were told as the process is all been modernised before we all made some sort of purchase off them.
the next morning in otavalo is the local market which is quite an experience. animals thrown around like no tomorrow. no pens no system at all. just animals and barter. in another part of town was a vegtable market before a handcrafts section. we all bought pretty colourful trousers to protect us for the jungle a steal at 6 dollars. when we were done we hit the road back to quito to see more of the city. we walked for a few hours to see as much as we could in the old town. it was quite tiring with the altitude and we were frequently out of breath. we saw the virgin of quito, the main squares and some churches (we got caught in one when they started mass in spanish!) but the gold inside was not to be missed and was quite a site. after this we got a 3 course dinner for 6$ and a couple of Pilsners before bed!