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Peru to Bolivia Border Crossing

From Puno we took an international bus to get to Copacabana, on the other side of Lake Titicaca in Bolivia. The whole journey took around 3 hours including the border crossing. The buses all leave from the terminal terrestre in Puno, which is about a 10 minutes taxi ride from the town centre for 5 soles. The buses tend to leave at around 7am for the morning and then again early afternoon, so we opted for the morning departure.

To make things easy we had already bought our tickets the day before from an agency in town for 25 soles each and they provided us with the actual ticket, instead of just a voucher to then change at the terminal. One thing to note is that you have to pay departure tax at the terminal before being allowed out to your bus, this was only 1 sole per person and they give you a sticker to prove you paid.

The bus follows the road around the lake for the whole of the journey and makes for a nice view if you sit on the left-hand side of the bus. After about 2 hours you reach the border with Bolivia. From here you have to present your immigration form from entry into Peru, which is stamped. You then go next door and have your passport stamped out.

Once you are formally stamped out of Peru you have to walk along the road for 200m through an arch which signifies you are now in Bolivia. Along the way and on both sides you will find money changers, snacks and toilets. Once in Bolivia you will see a building on the left where there are a couple of guys behind desks stamping people in. The whole process is very simple just make sure you have a filled in immigration form at the ready. If you travel with any international bus company they will provide you with one at the start of your journey. As a note there are no fees to pay for either country if you are a european citizen.

Once ready we all re-boarded the bus for the final 30 minutes to Copacabana. Those who were travelling onwards to La Paz had an hour or so to wait for a different bus to pick them up and carry on their journey.

 
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Posted by on October 23, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Long-term Travel: Comfort versus budget

I remember reading on almost every long-term travel advice article that you should always budget in fortnightly or monthly treats. It had sounded like a good idea but I also thought that I didn’t need really need it. I would be fine with travelling on a budget, not a tight cant-afford-to-go-over-by-a-pound budget, but nevertheless a budget. I could survive in cheaper hostels and buying all my own food and cooking as I go and making our money go further.

However, I have noticed that as time has gone on I have relaxed our budgets per country slightly. I have not yet gone over my estimates, but I am finding myself getting closer and closer to the limits with each country. At first glance I simply thought that South America was just more expensive than Central America, and to some degree that is the case. After all the travelling distances are further and that costs more.

Yet on closer inspection I have found that my daily expenditure is slightly higher. Thinking more about it I have realised that in the last couple of months I have tended to opt more for en-suite rooms instead of being content with shared bathrooms. I have opted for the slightly nicer hostels, and at times even a hotel. This month alone I have noticed that we have even eaten out more, rather than cooking to save money. I even found myself splashing out on an expensive meal!

In perspective when I say eating out, I don’t mean spending a fortune but rather making the most of the delicious vegetarian set meals that Peru has had to offer. And at only £2 -3 per meal it hardly sounds like I’m blowing the budget, yet these things do add up.

So why has this started to happen? Why I am no longer content with the basics?

Well, as I lie on a nice orthopaedic mattress and my first non-lumpy pillow in months, I have to admit that I enjoy some creature comforts, and that maybe if you’re travelling long-term you just have to allow yourself some basic comforts to sustain yourself.

So whereas I may not be up to splashing out on a regular basis for treats, I think I may just have to come to terms to relaxing my ideals on the expenses and allow a slightly higher level of comfort during our future travels.  After 7 months I feel I deserve a comfy mattress, a fluffy pillow and a few more meals out, after all it shouldn’t all be hard work, should it?

 
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Posted by on October 7, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Galapagos Island Hopping and Travel

The one thing we could never find information about was island hopping in Galapagos. Unless you want to do a cruise or tour of Galapagos Islands there isn’t a website that I could find which would categorically list out what can and can’t be done if you choose to island hop Galapagos instead. As such, I have created a series of posts dedicated to explaining how we spent 10 days island hopping, what tours we did, which are on the menu and most importantly what to expect!

This first post covers getting there and a rough guide as to what to expect, I will then be publishing posts per each island that we visited, with outlines of what we did but also what else there is to do. I hope this provides anyone looking to island hop with enough information to make you feel like you’ll know what to expect.

Arriving in Galapagos

You can fly from either Quito or Guayaquil into Galapagos and there are several airlines that offer flights including, AeroGal and LAN. Your first entry point into the Galapagos Islands will probably be the small island of Baltra whose main purpose is to serve as an international airport base. The other entry point is the airport on San Cristobal Island.

Before leaving Guayaquil you will be asked to fill in a form and pay $10 tax. Your bags will also be scanned before check-in and then tagged. The reason for this being that no vegetables, fruits, seeds or animal products can be taken into the Galapagos. Your bags will be constantly searched at each entry and exit point when you travel between inhabited islands. You can however take products such as cereal, pasta, biscuits etc, and if you do bring a small supply you will save yourself a few dollars as shops are very expensive in the Galapagos, due to everything needing to be imported.

Upon arrival in Baltra you will be requested to pay the national park entrance fee of $100 per person. At this point you will also be asked for the form given to you at the time of departures. You will be given a receipt which you will need for your departure so ensure you keep it safe.

The airport of Baltra itself is very small and services are very limited. Be prepared for a rather long wait to reclaim your bags as each bag needs to not only be manually disembarked from the flight, but also needs to be checked over and sniffed by a police dog. Only after this process is over you can collect your bags, and you will need your bag receipt to do so.

Note that there is currently a new terminal being built.

Getting from Baltra to Santa Cruz Island

Free shuttles run from the airport to the ferry dock. Once at the dock which is located about 10 minutes away you will have to board a ferry for $0.60 each to literally cross the small channel that seperates Baltra from Santa Cruz.

Once across the channel you have the option of taking a taxi for $25 or a bus for $1.80. There is only one route to Puerto Ayora so unless you really want to splash out I would recommend taking the bus which is direct anyway and takes about 45mins.

Tell the driver where you want to be dropped off and they will tell you when to get off and where to go. If you have nowhere booked then head all the way to the centre as most places are located within a block or two from the port. There are enough lodging options in Puerto Ayora if you want to try and bargain for your stay in person. We had pre-booked but found a cheaper place whilst walking around despite it supposedly being high season.

Travelling in Galapagos

As mentioned before, airports are also located on both San Cristobal and Isabella mainly for internal flights between the 3 islands. The prices for these short flights can range from $100 upwards and are operated by www.emetebe.com.ec

Alternatively, you can travel between Santa Cruz, Isabella and San Cristobal by daily boats. You can either take the ferry for $25 per person or ask to go on a tour boat for $30 each. The only real difference is the time, the ferry for example will leave Isabella at 5.30am to return to Santa Cruz, whereas the tour boat will return at 2.30pm. You can book tickets either via your hotel or at any agency and can book as late as the evening before, however they are all dependant on space so try to plan ahead if possible.

The other way to see Galapagos outside of the cruises is to do day trips. The vast majority of these leave from Santa Cruz and prices vary greatly depending on where you are going, and to some extent with whom you book. Be prepared to bargain for every tour as saving even $5 on each tour can add up to a free night’s accommodation!

The islands you can visit from Santa Cruz include:

  • Floreana (as a tour)
  • San Cristobal (independent or as a tour)
  • Santa Fe (with or without San Cristobal as a tour)
  • North Seymour (as a tour)
  • South Plazas (as a tour)
  • Isabela (2 – 3 nights on the island as a tour or independently)
  • Bartolome (as a tour)

Accommodation in Galapagos

Santa Cruz has the largest selection of accommodation in Galapagos from budget hostels to upmarket lodges and there should be something to suit most budgets. However, this is the Galapagos and as such you have to be realistic in both your budget and your expectations. You can find a good hotel room from $35 – $40 per night and as most people only stop for a couple of nights you can usually get a good deal if you stay more than 3 nights.

Isabella is a fraction of Santa Cruz and accommodation is more scarce, however as most people stay in Santa Cruz the prices in Isabella are lower and we paid $20 per night in a posada.

We didn’t visit San Cristobal but met a couple who had and it would seem that it is similar to Isabella in terms of size of inhabitants and prices.

Eating in Galapagos

Regardless, if you are vegetarian or not you will find something to eat in the Galapagos. Despite being small in size the inhabited islands have a fair selection of food, although not very cheap. Meal prices will set you back from around $8 per person if you eat in local eateries and around $20 – 25 for a pizza.

If you can bring food to the island and cook for yourself at least once a day like we did you could save yourself up to $60+ each per week. For example we spent $20 on pasta and tomato sauces in Guayaquil and with that catered for 8 meals for the 2 of us, saving us an around $150 during our stay. It’s worth considering…

Safety

Galapagos is a relatively small community and as such there is no real crime or sense of danger when walking around any of the islands. However, having said that, a certain level of vigilance should always be observed when travelling.

The Islands

There is an obvious difference between the uninhabited and inhabited islands and that is mainly people and rubbish. Despite it being a National Park with controlled tourism and population levels, the inhabited islands did disappoint us a bit as there was rubbish on the roads in the towns, and I don’t just mean the odd can of coke but small mounts of rubbish here and there. It is a shame that despite priding themselves on recycling so much they don’t keep the islands as clean as they should. On the other hand the uninhabited islands were spotless and luckily the animals had their original living conditions with no human additions around them.

Other points

Depending on when you go you could find that the water temperature varies a great deal. If visiting during the winter months – July to September, you will need to rent a wet suit for snorkelling as the water is very cold. Wet suits can be hired from most tour operators or dive centres and prices range from $5-8 for the day.

Snorkelling gear can also be hired at a cost of $5-10 depending on which island you are on. Ensure that you always check your equipment beforehand as the masks can sometimes be old and leak. Also, if going on a day trip, take fins with you from your tour agency which are free as most boat trips we went on didn’t have any available.

If you plan to island hop and would like to see a few of the islands then you will need a minimum of a week, as there are plenty of free activities to do on each of the islands.

The following posts will cover the islands that we visited with what we did, what there is to do and tips for your time in Galapagos, enjoy!

 
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Posted by on September 11, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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The Art of Travelling

We have officially been travelling for over 6 months now and I am still amazed by how many people we meet along the way who seem to think that we are just on an extended holiday, rather than a new life style. Don’t get me wrong, travelling is definitely better than working 9-5 Monday to Friday and running around all week trying to ensure you have everything done on time, to ensure yourself some rest time on the all too short weekends.

However, one thing people don’t seem to realise is that travelling is not just something you decide to do to see places. It actually takes a lot more dedication and planning to pull it off. I’m not just talking about the preparation that is involved in a long-term travel, which believe me is a lot, but the actual day-to-day living. There are many aspects to travelling that people don’t think about, such as the daily management of a limited pot of cash with no top-up options!

When you are on holiday you can afford to take out your credit card and add a treat, knowing you can pay it off with next month’s salary. However, when you travel you have to be aware of all your outgoings and sometimes that means knowing when to rein it in. For example, cooking saves us money which allows us to travel for longer. Another thing is learning the art of bargaining, sometimes even saving just $5 on accommodation can mean eating out instead of cooking every day.

The key aspect though is that something has to actually switch in your mind to be able to travel. We noticed that the first 3 months we were basically “holidaying,” we were in the country with an itinerary and we kept thinking about home and comparing things to other trips. Not only this but our attitude was somewhat different, we were not quite embracing each place, but more passing through them.

At the 3-4 months stage we started to really feel like it was taking its toll on us, we even started to think about maybe taking a break. We felt tired with the constant moving, the unpacking and re-packing and the always thinking ahead to the next place. We were basically burning out.

Towards the 5th month we noticed another change, we finally let go of the expectations of travelling and started to think about only where we were. We stopped planning about the next place and worrying about what we would do and where we would sleep. We stopped thinking we had to fit everything in, just because we were lucky enough to be here travelling.

We still had a vague idea but we weren’t chained down by the thoughts and as such, we started to feel more free in ourselves and embraced where we were. The biggest change was we stopped thinking about what to do next and simply enjoyed what we were doing at the time. We finally started to travel and live on a day-to-day basis.

Travelling has now turned into a new lifestyle, similarly to when you start a new job, and you spend the first few months feeling your way round the place before you start to feel part of it and settle down to your new role. Travelling is no longer about cramming things in to see or places to be but rather enjoying the daily activities or lack of if we so decide. The pace in our minds has finally slowed to be able to embrace travelling and not just be on an extended “holiday”.

Although we do not tend to think about what will happen when our money runs out, it has left me wondering how we would ever adjust to a “modern” lifestyle again, or simply if we would want to.

 
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Posted by on September 1, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Alausi – Devil’s Nose train

Ever since I first saw the Devil’s Nose train ride on television as a child I have wanted to ride the train. Therefore, from Banos we decided to take a slight detour on our way to Cuenca, and pay the town of Alausi a visit.

Devil's Nose - the mountain

Finding information on the Devil’s Nose train ride, or any other train line in Ecuador can be quite a task as information seems to constantly change. Luckily, our guide in Quilotoa referred us to the Ecuadorian train website – www.trenecuador.com. On the website you will find information on prices, timetable and routes for all the parts of the still active train rail system. It is worth noting that a great deal of work is being undertaken to reunite the sections of the rail, and I expect that in the next couple of years a lot of the rail system will be back up and running again.

We arrived in Alausi at 2pm hoping to take the 3pm train ride, we found a lovely new hostel on the main road called Hostal Estacion del Tren, checked ourselves in, dropped off our bags and headed for the station. Unfortunately, they were fully booked for the afternoon but we were able to buy tickets for the following morning.

The only downside was that the good seats with the view, on the right hand side of the train, were fully booked except for in first class, which would cost $35 each. It was steep but I had waited so long to take the ride that I didn’t hesitate for too long. With our tickets booked we headed back to get something to eat.

The following morning we were at the station at 7.45am for our 8am train ride. The first class area consists of a horseshoe-shaped couch so you can maximise your views. The whole train has windows on the sides and part of the roof so you can really see around you.

Devil's Nose - train carriage

The ride took just over an hour to reach the station of Sibamba, going through the famous switch back rails, enabling the train to descend comfortably. The views of the surrounding mountains and scenery is beautiful and the train goes fairly slow to allow you to take it all in.

Devil's Nose train ride - approaching an interchange

Devil's Nose train ride - the mountain panorama

At the station we were greeted by locals performing a welcome dance, a tour of the museum and a courtesy light lunch and drink before heading back up for another ride through the switch back system.

Devil's Nose train ride - dancers at the station

Devil's Nose train ride - surrounding views on the way

Although, the train ride is much more tourist orientated than the one I saw all those years ago, it was still a fun experience and definitely something different. Originally we had wanted to take the weekend train, which supposedly is the “local” train but our days did not coincide, so if you are considering doing the train ride it may be worth seeing if you can take the weekend train instead as it is also a fair bit cheaper!

 
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Posted by on August 29, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Banos

Everyone we met insisted that we should go to Banos as it was the place to go in Ecuador, regardless if you wanted to relax in thermal pools, hike mountains or do extreme sports. Apparently, Banos had it all.

So we arrived in Banos from Latacunga following a 2 hour bus ride, and from the bus terminal we headed off to our pre-booked hostel, Plantas y Blancos, located near the edge of town.

As we walked to the hostel we couldn’t help but notice the door to door hotel, hostels, restaurants and tour agencies. We were slightly concerned but thought maybe this is just one side of town.

Banos - Parque Central

Reaching the hostel we checked into a lovely room, however, by evening we discovered that the hostel had no kitchen facilities in the building, despite having been told by email that they did. If we wanted to cook we would have to go to the sister hostel round the corner. We weren’t too pleased about it and asked if instead we could simply just move rooms, we were told we could, so we went to see the other hostel.

Once we explained our situation to the reception at Santa Cruz, the sister hostel, we were told that they in fact did not have a kitchen either, that the kitchen was located at the third hostel, a further 20m down the road. We could not believe it, 3 hostels and only 1 kitchen, not a problem unless you cook for most of your meals. We were told that there were rooms in the third hostel, so we had a look. The room was spacious and the place seemed quiet enough, so we reserved a room for a week and the following morning we moved across.

In the meantime we took a look at the town. We had had an active couple of days at Latacunga and were not looking for hiking, carting, rafting or bungee jumping. Instead, we wanted to get some provisions from a market and relax for a few days, however, this was not to be. There was only 1 supermarket in the town, with very limited food and the fruit and vegetable “market” consisted of a couple of small stalls.

The town was obviously centered around eating out, after all there was a large selection of restaurants and cafes, which is great if that’s what you want. However, for anyone wanting to cook it proved a little harder.

The other problem was that there was actually nothing to do or see in Banos itself, unless you went on a tour. We decided that Banos was not for us, the town was far too catered towards tourists and tours. We wanted to be somewhere where you could walk around and see things and not have to trek or join a tour.

So the next morning we cancelled our reservation and set off in the direction of Cuenca hoping to find what we were looking for.

 
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Posted by on August 27, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Mitad del Mundo – Equator line

If you go to Quito, you have to go to the equator line, however you have to go to the real one! After our morning on the cable cars in Quito, we took another taxi to Mitad del Mundo, however, once the driver had reached the roundabout with the original monument he asked us if we wanted to go to the museum instead as it was more interesting.

Mitad del Mundo - Inti-Nan Museum sign

As it was located around the corner we said ok. Inti-Nan was a small outdoor museum crammed with things at every corner, at first we weren’t sure what to make of it but we thought let’s take a look. The entry was $4 each but this included a bilingual guide. The next hour was spent learning about the tribes in the Jungle, including the ones who shrink heads, the various burial methods of ancient Ecuadorians and then came the fun part.

Mitad del Mundo - Inti-Nan Museum

Our guide explained that certain things happen only when you are on the real equator line and that the Mitad del Mundo monument is not located in the right place, but that the museum was. She then went on to prove this to us through a couple of small experiments carried out on or next to the line, including; balancing an egg on a nail head, trying to walk a straight line with your eyes shut, showing the effect the line has on water and how it changes when you move only a metre or so away and a couple of other things. I’ll leave the good one out in case you go so as to not spoil the surprise for you, but be sure to video it!

Mitad del Mundo - Inti-Nan Museum: on the Equator line

Our next stop was the crater of Pululahua, located a further 10 minutes drive away. I had heard that the views of the crater were amazing and as we were already in the area we decided to head over. The entrance to the viewpoint is free and if you like you can walk all the way to the bottom of the crater.

We found ourselves blown away by the views from the top. It is a truly beautiful sight to see this amazing crater located in a cradle of lush green mountains with the clouds skimming above them.

Crater Pululahua panorama

On our way back down, just a few minutes from the crater viewpoint, we spotted a small museum called the Temple of the Sun. We were intrigued as to what it might be and so popped in.

Museo Temple del Sol (near crater Pululahua)

The Temple of the Sun was $3 each to enter but this also included a guide. The museum consists of various levels built in a circular formation. We learned that this was built on an original Inca site that was placed on the equator line and the ground floor is dedicated to showing you the ancient tribes that governed the area and their rituals.

Inside Museo Temple del Sol (near crater Pululahua)

The first floor is a relaxation area where the guide gauges your energy levels with a serious of simple tests and healing stones. You are then treated to a mini meditation session with various essential oils that are locally made. The rest of the floors consist of paintings and sculptures made by a local artist.

Personally I found the first 2 levels interesting but the rest was a bit of a sales pitch, having said it was an interesting place to pop in and the owner was kind enough to give us a lift back down to the Mitad del Mundo monument after our tour so we could catch our bus back.

 
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Posted by on August 21, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Quito

Ever since we arrived in Colombia we kept hearing bad stories from almost every couple who had visited Quito, from snatching sunglasses off their heads to right out mugging with screwdrivers at the throat. Needless to say we were worried about visiting the capital, so much so that we decided to only stay 2 days.

As most of the stories we heard seemed to be based on incidents happening in the historic centre, we opted to book ourselves into the new town area of Mariscal instead. We left Otavalo in the morning and arrived at the main north terminal 2 hours later at around lunchtime. From here we took a rather expensive taxi for $10 to our hostel, Alcala and checked ourselves in.

The first thing we did was to ask about the safety in the area, if I had been hoping to hear we had chosen well then I was in for a surprise. It turned out that whereas the historic area is notorious for muggings the majority are carried in a “harmless” way, however, we were told that in the new town the crimes tend to be carried out with the use of arms as criminals believe tourists to just be convenient ATMs for them.

We were therefore given the following advise by the hostel;

  • do not take anything of value out with you,
  • if you see people on the curb who look up to no good then cross the road,
  • do not walk around after 6pm if you can, instead take a taxi,
  • and if you can don’t carry too much cash in case they decide to frisk you

To say we were a little concerned is an under statement.

With the above advise firmly in our heads we decided to head straight out to the historic centre as it was early afternoon. We decided not to attract any attention to ourselves and as such did not take a camera with us. We spent a good hour walking towards the old town, taking in the sights on the way, and once we had reached more or less the other end we decided to stop for a coffee in a lovely cafe before taking a taxi back.

The afternoon walk went without any problems for us, we didn’t feel unsafe but we had ensured to seriously dress down and stick to main roads. Despite the stories and advise in our heads we managed to walk around the town and see a good part of Quito.

That evening we decided to try our luck and walk a few blocks to the main eating area of Mariscal. We heeded the advise and crossed roads when we saw guys hanging around and made sure to stick to well-lit areas. We managed to go out have a meal and come back safely and this helped us to relax a bit.

The following day we took a taxi to the cable cars (Teleferico) located on the outskirts of the city. The taxi cost us $5 to get there and the entrance to the cable cars was $8.50 each. What makes the cable cars a must is the height which they reach and the views you get once at the top.

Quito - Teleferico: on the way up

Climbing to a total of 4100m you really get the feeling of being on top of the world and from there you have a clear view of the whole city and the surrounding mountains and volcanoes – a truly worthwhile couple of hours!

Quito - Teleferico: view to the south

Make sure that you go for mid to late morning so that the clouds get a chance to clear, because if you go in the afternoon there’s a good chance the clouds will be back.

Quito - Teleferico: south with Cotopaxi in the distance

If you are feeling particularly active you can opt to hike further up and climb the nearby mountain or you can also trek back down, but we felt lazy and took the cable car back down!

 
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Posted by on August 19, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Otavalo

After crossing the border from Colombia to Ecuador, we arrived in the town of Tulcan. From here we caught a bus from the main terminal to Otavalo, located a further 2 and half to 3 hours away. We were slightly worried as we would be arriving at around 8pm and were not too sure as to what to expect, however we had pre-booked a hostel so we figured the worse case scenario would be a needing a taxi from terminal to hostel.

The bus did not actually go into the centre of town, but instead stopped on the cross roads, this was not a problem as there were plenty of taxis on the main road. We hailed one and went straight to our hostel, Chasqui.

The hostel was lovely, we were given the “suite” room which had amazing views across the whole town and the hosts couldn’t have been friendlier if they tried. In the end we loved it so much that we extended our stay to 5 days.

Otavalo - Hostal Chasqui: panorama of the city at sunset

The following day we explored the town and were delighted to find everything you need on your doorstep, from supermarkets to fresh food markets. We had timed our arrival to coincide with the famous Otavalo market that occurs every Saturday, and we were not disappointed by the size of the market! The only thing we noticed was that unfortunately the market seemed to have less variety than other markets we had been to, having said you could easily spend the afternoon walking through all the stalls as the size was impressive.

Otavalo - Saturday market on the streets

We found the town to be very peaceful and extremely safe, the roads were lit at night and the main plaza was a lovely place to relax in with a coffee whilst listening to ambient music from the hidden speakers.

Otavalo - Parque Bolivar

During our time there we also visited the nearby waterfall of Paguche, a few kilometers walk from the town. To be honest I have to say we enjoyed the walk more than waterfall as it was not very big, and the park in which it is located is quite badly littered.

Otavalo - Cascada de Paguche: full view

We also decided on the same day to see the nearby lagoon of San Pablo. The walk took you through little villages filled with friendly people stopping to talk to you, however, when we reached the lagoon itself there was not much there.

Otavalo - Laguna de San Pablo

Overall I would say that Otavalo offers visitors a very safe and laid back place to amble through nearby villages or simply take in the local cultures. The town itself is modernising but it still manages to retain its original charm as a town amongst the mountains.

 
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Posted by on August 18, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Silvia Indigenous Market

The indigenous market of Silvia occurs every Tuesday and is located about an hour and a half from Popayan by bus. To get there simply go to the terminal de transporte in Popayan and walk through to the end of the terminal where you will see a small booth advertising tickets. The cost is 6,000 pesos each way per person. Return buses leave from the main plaza and tickets can be bought in the office.

The market itself is not very big and mainly consists of an indoor marketplace selling fruit, vegetables, meat and modern clothes. What does make it appealing are the people selling at the market.

Silvia market

Arriving in colourful buses, known as chivas, with their local produce the indigenous people from the surrounding villages congregate on this small village in their beautiful traditional clothing.

Silvia market: indigenous people haggling

The women wear bright blue ponchos with black skirts and either black hats if married or straw hats if single. Whereas the men wear long blue skirts and colourful scarfs along with their own black or dark brown hats.

Silvia market: selling vegetables

The market runs from 6am to 2pm but from around lunchtime people start to pack up so if you want to see the place in full swing try to get there for around 10am.

Silvia market: organized stall

The whole place is not very big and an hour will be more than enough to see it even if you decide to sit down to eat something at many indoor eateries.

 
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Posted by on July 31, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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