Ecuador: Nugent & Team Visit the Otavalo Market

Posted by: Billy Nugent, Garrett Stevens | February 15, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Ecuador

We woke not so early today (this mountaineering gig is rough) had a nice breakfast from the kind folks at Casa Sol and jumped in the bus for the famous Otavalo open air market. We spent a few hours cruising the stalls with food, jewelry, meats, produce, grains, spices, and of course handicrafts for sale. There’s even a livestock market which is quite a sight (and smell). Clark and Garrett wanted to go looking for a live monkey to bring home but there was no such luck. I wonder what kind of papers a monkey needs to come back to the states. Anyway, we skipped Otavalo and finally headed for Cayambe where we are settling in up at the hut over 15,000’. The air is thin but everyone’s doing great so far. I’ll let y’all know how that notorious first night at really high altitude goes…

RMI Guide Billy Nugent

The Otavalo Market. Photo: RMI Collection

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