Machu Picchu is 2,430m above sea-level, situated on an 'eyebrow' between the Andes and the rainforest. Built in the fifteenth century Machu Picchu was abandoned when the Inca Empire was conquered by the Spaniards in the sixteenth century, although the Spanish never found Machu Picchu. It was rediscovered in 1911 and since then has been … Continue reading Machu Picchu!
Every Saturday the Otavalo Market in Plaza de los Ponchos swells in size to include peripheral streets, all crammed with small stalls featuring among other things - silver jewellery, painted wooden figures, brightly coloured blankets, scarves, sweaters, hats, gloves and socks made from alpaca wool (so soft and light), leather belts, fake shrunken heads, woven … Continue reading The Famous Otavalo Market
For $2, I took a bus 2.5 hours north of Quito to spend a week hanging out (and getting over my altitude sickness) in the town of Otavalo, located at an altitude of 2565m in the Northern Andes. I wasn't going to lose any altitude in a hurry! Buses go about every 20 minutes so … Continue reading Otavalo