07.05.2012 - 07.05.2012 22 °C
We started our tour with Juan Carlos, our driver not the king of Spain, at 7:30am. It is 2 hours to Otovalo which it happens to have the biggest flea market in South America but on the way we stopped at the Equator line monument which is the latitude 0 we had a brief description about the stars and the equator line then we left for a coco tea break with biscuits and Caramel on a view point on San Pablo lake. Coco tea is recommended for the high latitude. The best time to visit Otovalo is on Saturdays unless you want to avoid the tourist and cars & buses traffic. We did not spend much time in Otovalo’s flea market although they had a lot of nice tourist stuff but we have limited luggage weight and size. Then we headed to an amazing spot, a lake on the top of a volcano and this lake has two islands in the middle of it and it is a national reserve. It’s called lake . We had a peaceful boat ride around the islands where we spotted some birds and a deer.
The big story is our lunch. We had an Ecuadorian typical food, potato cream soup, another egg thing with bread, grilled checkin and a CUY aside. What is a CUY? the animal and the meat of a guinea pig in the Andean regions of South America, a traditional food of Peruvian, Colombian, and Ecuadorian Andean people.
Yes we ate it, it looked disgusting but taste like checkin and yes it tasted good. After the CUY we went back to our hotel settled down for sometime. For dinner we went to Plaza Foch where you find plenty of trendy restaurants. We had dinner in Cinquecento, an Italian Restaurant, it was very nice. Dirct to the hotel, writting my post and sleep. Buenos Noches !
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