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15Jul/130

otavalo, ecuador

i had heard so much about the crafts market of otavalo and was excited to perhaps shop for gifts. i only found one thing that i wanted for my dear friend and am looking forward to giving it to her. other than that i found the locals market to be much more interesting. i was sorry to miss the big market day (saturday) only because they also have an animal market which would have been incredible to see. (see my post for kashgar, china for saturday/animal market photos i had so much fun there!)

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15Jul/130

quito, ecuador

the city of quito, is a unesco world heritage site. i'm asking the internet right now what it means exactly...i thought the historical center would be bigger and more beautiful. i also thought that finding a hotel/dinner wouldn't be so difficult (i stayed on the street just around the corner from prostitute alley). perhaps i didn't give it enough of a chance but i was not so charmed by quito.

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15Jul/130

banos, ecuador

it rained like hell in banos. from the time i arrived at 4 am (it was a rough bus journey) until after dinner it rained. was able to check out the famous hot spring pools and was reminded of the very different sensibilities depending on country; in ecuador they have giant concrete pools with murky hot spring water, a bazillion people in each pool, plastic shower caps are not optional, and screaming children splash about. i was pretty disappointed.

the next day it stopped raining so i rented a bike with the hopes of making it 60 km to puya in the amazonian jungle and visiting various waterfalls along the way. i find that riding bikes is such a nice way to see a place. i had a few surprises during bike trip, the first being that i was offered a zip line ride across a canyon for $11...i couldn't say no. after visiting the last waterfall i took the tunnel alternative which was a rocky road. i popped theĀ  tube on the back tire and had to hitch a ride back to banos in the back of a produce truck. they dropped me off way downhill from town but i made it back eventually (but not before being sexually harassed by a very old man who, i think, was also offering to fix my bike). geez.