From the Equator we then go into Quito to get a connecting bus to Otavalo which is famous for its huge handicraft markets. There are stalls there all week but the BIG market is on a Saturday, there is also a livestock market first thing on the Saturday too. This was evident from the amount of ducks and chickens being carried around upside down by their feet all morning!
The market was fun and huge but a little overwhelming!!! Didn’t quite know where to start and didn’t know what a good price was for anything as you had to haggle for everything too. But some purchases were made at reasonable prices I think! There were some stalls for the traditional dress which out of the traditional dresses that we have seen on this trip they are the nicest and probably most flattering!
There is a Condor Park 5 km from Otavalo which is well worth a visit too, even if the shows are in Spanish!! I managed to oick up a few things he was saying though. There was a group of school children out for a trip there and the girls wore really bright clothes and cute sandals. There are massive birds there including Owls, Condors, Hawks, Eagles and Perigrins and they are all rescued. A nice way to spand a few hours and it was in a lovely setting too, some great scenery around there. The man was saying that the Andean Condor is very endangered and there are only 40 of them left in the world so there is a breeding program going on to try and increase their numbers.