Trip Start Aug 22, 2012
63Trip End Jun 16, 2013
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Accumulating 'stuff' during our travels, especially early on in the trip, is not what we want to do but visiting the largest market in Ecuador on its biggest day of the week is a temptation that Donna cannot ignore. Like treating Jim to photograph a feast of colour, faces and activity Donna is compelled to buy 'un poquito'. So, off we went for hours of fun. Ecuadorian people are so friendly and bargaining here is a very different and pleasant experience than in some other places in which we have travelled.
The highlight of this part of our trip was the 'mouse' street performer - an incredibly talented man who entertained the audience on either side of the street by playing with the drivers held up in traffic
We hiked along a volcano caulderra with a panoramic view of surrounding Andes, sierra and a laguna below. We climbed from about 13,000 feet to 14,000 feet in hot sun. Although the air temperature is quite mild (about 20 degrees), the equatorial sun can become very hot especially at high altitudes. Between Donna's achy knees and the climb, it was a VERY slow walk. Thank goodness Jim likes to stop to photograph.
Following a couple of days in Otavalo, without any real planning except to send an email to book a room at our next destination, we boarded a bus to Quito and luck was on our side because we had to wait only 10 minutes for the bus to Mindo. We arrived in Mindo exhausted from 2 and a half weeks of constant activity. We were ready for some R&R!
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