Category Archives: Otavalo
(Guest Post by Erika Anton about Cascada Peguche just outside of Otavalo. Thanks LilE!)
On my second trip up to Otavalo with Nicole, Greg and Ali we made a quick run (and by run I mean a $2 cab ride) up to Cascada Peguche. A few weeks before, Nicole and I had hoped to see the 18 meter waterfall, that resides 3km northwest of Otavalo, but didn’t get to it.
The entrance to the protected forest where the waterfall is located does not have a fee for people that want to walk up to the falls. Near the entrance is also a parking lot for people with their own vehicles. I imagine there is a parking fee when it is busier around the summer solstice and during festivals like San Pedro y San Pablo and Inti Raymi, but it was very quiet when we went up on a Monday during the early afternoon.Read more ›
A brief description of accommodation options in Otavalo including Budget, Mid-Range, and High-End suggestions:
Traveling on a budget? No problem. Most cities, towns and communities offer comfortable rooms with hot showers. In Otavalo, you can sleep for $10pp each night in a room with a private bathroom, hot showers and likely wifi…typically, these rooms do not include breakfast and the snoring from a neighboring room may sound as if it is, in fact, in the bed with you instead of separated from you slumber by the thin walls. Choose this category if you’d like to spend only a day or two as the location in town offers unbeatable accessibility to a variety of restaurants (ranging from typical Ecuadorian to pizza to Chinese!) and the famous market…especially if you want to catch the animal market on Saturday morning as it begins at 6am!!Read more ›
(Guest Post by Erika Anton about a weekend at the famous Otavalo Saturday Market)
For anyone who has not made this connection, people like going out of town on the weekends if possible. It is no exception for Quiteños, so plan on spending some time in lines and on buses if you ever leave Friday night to make the trip up to the giant, famous Saturday market in Otavalo. I was grateful to be with Nicole so at least one of us knew where we were going/what we were doing.
When we arrived at Carcelen, one of the northern bus terminals in Quito, there were two main lines of people extending from the ticket counter at one end of the terminal out the front gates. We ended up waiting in line for about an hour for tickets, but we also made an English speaking friend from Germany who was meeting his friends up in Otavalo for the celebrations. We may have helped him cut in line.
The two hour night bus ride had a movie playing very loudly in Spanish, which Nicole and I were not interested in. If you want to sleep on the bus on evening trips, I suggest bringing some music to listen to or an awesome set of ear plugs. I had both, but if you make friends at the bus station or have a travel partner in crime, the time you spend on the bus flies by.Read more ›