On the road to Columbia via Otavalo!
Trip Start Jan 19, 2006
332Trip End Jan 19, 2007
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Drive northwards and stop at the equator line which is pretty non descript but have a photo anyway and then onto Otavalo which is a market town in the countryside. Wander into town where there is a smaller market on Friday as big one is tomorrow. Have lunch in a grat local place for about US$2 and see the local squares and churches. Lots of the people here are wearing local dress - women in embroidered blouses, gold beaded necklaces or coral and men in hats with long plaits and short white trousers. Other women have green pork pie hats with peacock feathers on them. Is lovely to see instead of the usual jeans and t-shirts! All go out for dinner that night to try the local speciality of fritatada - fried meat of some description (dont ask what)
Today up early to see markets which are not just in the main square where the handicraft market is
After a late breakfast in the main square people watching we head back to the hotel and fortunately the 2 people who were still in Quito meet up with us although Joel is still not well.
We all get on the truck (called Gertie - of course) and head north again. Countryside is very hilly and green and beautuiful and then we head further into hilly desert. After a few hours we reach a massive traffic jam where cars are just overtaking and pushing in blatantly. This is the very organised border crossing into Columbia. We decide to do a sweepstake for how long it will take to get out of Ecuador and into Columbia and guesses range from 11/2 hours to 10 days! The traffic jam is horrificly long but we eventually leave Ecuador and get stamped out and cross a bridge into Columbia. As Dave and I are security we wait by the truck while everyone is going through migration and AJ is sorting the truck paperwork (need special insurance etc)