Back to Quito
After a relaxing morning in the hot springs of Banos, Irit and I headed back to Quito. We checked back into the same hostel and felt like we were coming "home" for a change. I stayed a few more days, just to have a base and to relax some more and to see some more great views from the balcony of the hostel.
One of the things I wanted to do last time in Ecuador was to go to the market in Otavalo. This is the largest in Ecuador, and Saturday is the best day to visit. I took a trip up there with Linda and Rolf, who I had also met at the hostel. Here is a picture of them bartering for a hammock that they then had to figure out how to ship home.
I did my fair share of bargaining and shopping as well and was pretty proud of myself, being able to bargain in Spanish.
Locals selling their wares
You can see from the picture here the local villagers in their traditional clothing, set up to sell their produce, etc.
More traditional dress
Another lady hanging out on the curb.
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