The Famous Otavalo Market

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

How to make a Tapete

I think my friend Eulalia described it most eloquently when she likened weaving a tapete to a lover. They want all your time, and if you neglect them, the tension rises and they can get warped out of shape. Therefore once a tapete is started on the loom, it is continued until it is complete. … Continue reading How to make a Tapete

How Much Is That One Over There?

Is bargaining really 'fair'? It’s a fine line when you are travelling – how do you know you are not just being charged tourist prices? And when is it OK to bargain? When I arrived in Oaxaca, not knowing the correct prices for things – and nothing is marked – I overpaid a few times … Continue reading How Much Is That One Over There?