Ecuador – from Otavalo to the capital city

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Indian Market in Otavalo

The boarder crossing in Ipiales was “muy tranquillo” – the easiest and fastest so far. We passed Ibarra and headed straight to Otavalo. It was Saturday and we wanted to check out the famous Indigenous Crafts Market. A fascinating way to experience traditional Ecuadorian culture and the traditions of the Andes. Amazing – what a colourful spectacle. Here are some impressions:

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Otavalo & Laguna Mojanda

Otavalo’s beauty lies in its people and surroundings, the Otavaleños and the towering volcanoes that surround the andean town. We found the hostel La Luna (also on ioverlander.com) a little outside of town towards the Laguna Mojanda. From there are many options for hiking.

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Watch this movie about Ecuadorian music:

Cotacachi Cayapas Ecological Reserve & Zona de Intag

One of the most popular places to visit in the reserve is the impressive Laguna Cuicocha, a stunning crater lake situated at the foot of the Cotacachi Volcano, at an altitude of 3200 meters (10,500 ft)

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This is how we offer taxi rides 🙂

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crossing the equator. May the journey begin on the Southern Hemisphere!

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The Quitsato Sundial is a cultural-tourist place located at La Mitad Del Mundo, near to Cayambe

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Quitsato Equator Monument & Volcan Cayambe

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Mindo – town in the cloud forest

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El Quetzal de Mindo Chocolate Tour – we learned how chocolate is made from “bean to bar”. Very  informative and interesting. The best part however was sampling all sorts of cacao products and the famous El Quetzal brownie….hmmmmmm

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cacao pods

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cacao beans drying

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chocolate made in Mindo, Ecuador

Visit of the Butterfly Farm in Mindo

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Hosteria La Roulotte on Mindo

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we camped at Hosteria La Roulotte Mindo

Quito – Ecuador’s capital city

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