Jodi on September 30th, 2008

After two weeks of tiresome Spanish classes, we headed to La Luna, a secluded hostel outside of Otavalo. We plan to post reviews of the places we stay in each country, but I think La Luna is going to be hard to beat. It is a rustic hostel set amongst the beautiful countryside with a [...]

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Chris on September 27th, 2008

We thought we would lead you on a walking tour of Otavalo. We walk the same route each day from our homestay to our Spanish school. Here are some notable places on our walk. The Secret Bar. A few nights ago, we came home late and discovered what we called “The Secret Bar”. It is [...]

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Jodi on September 22nd, 2008

On Sunday, we ventured to Cuicocha Lake, an active crater lake residing within an extinct volcano. We took a short boat ride on the lake to get a closer view of some of the wildlife and vegetation. Gas emissions from the crater still bubble to the surface, and the lake is home to 400 species [...]

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Jodi on September 22nd, 2008

On Saturday we awoke in the wee hours of the morning to watch the locals haggle over animals. Otavalo is famous for its indigenous craft market held on Saturdays, but we thought the real draw to Otavalo was the animal market. Set amongst the Andean Mountains locals barter for guinea pigs, chickens, rabbits, pigs, cows, [...]

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Jodi on September 15th, 2008

On Saturday, we arrived in Otavalo to begin our Spanish lessons and stay with a host family. Our family lives within the center of Otavalo, so we can walk everywhere easily. Otavalo hosts a festival the first two weeks of September, so we arrived during the tail end of it. Several bands played in the [...]

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