Ecuador’s Volcanoes: Nugent & Team Visit Otavalo Market

Posted by: Billy Nugent, Katie Bono | January 12, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Ecuador
Elevation: 15,300'

Finally, we headed for the hills!  A quick breakfast at San Luis and an easy checkout (not necessarily the norm) made for a smooth start to another busy day cruising around Ecuador. Right off the bat we headed for the Otavalo marketplace, world famous for its street food and local handicrafts. It being Saturday, the market frenzy was at a climax and the gang enjoyed a unique opportunity to experience Ecuadorian and more specially Otavalan culture. Not wanting to risk a potential intestinal disruption, we decided to grab lunch at the Cafe de la Vaca on our way over to Cayambe. After hiking for about an hour we arrived at the Refugio high on Cayambe’s flank and settled in. Freshly baked pizzas for dinner were a welcome change to typical mountain food. Everybody is bracing for a rough first night above 15,000’. We’ll check in tomorrow and let you know how the first night went.

All for now,
RMI Guide Billy Nugent

A busy day at the Otavalo Market. The refugio on Cayambe, 15,300 ft.

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