14.04.2011 - 19.04.2011
First stop in Ecuador – Otavalo…shopping! Otavalo market is the most famous crafts market in Ecuador and since we hadn’t bought many presents to this point it was the perfect place to begin our Ecuadorian experience.
Our room in the hostel opened out onto a roof terrace with great views of the town. The volcanoes appeared out of the mist in the early morning and we could hear cattle and other livestock passing by for the market before sunrise.
Otavalo is also known for its condor park – a bird sanctuary with all sorts of owls, eagles and other birds of prey. After walking around the enclosures we watched a display with some of the birds. It’s incredible how high they soar and yet they can see the handlers bring out food hundreds of metres away.
Sadly the condors themselves chose to hide away in their nest so we couldn’t really see them properly but I now know we’ll get a chance to see them in the wild in Peru