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Weekend Trips part 2

Ecuador

all seasons in one day

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Mindo
Mindo is a small town in the cloud forest north of Quito. The natural environment is beautiful – waterfalls, butterflies, bird life and bizarre undergrowth straight out of science fiction.

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Cloud forest – living up to its name

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Mariposas de Mindo - butterfly breeding & conservation

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Mariposas de Mindo - butterfly breeding & conservation

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Santuario de las Cascadas

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Dinner Time at the Hummingbirds’

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Would you trust this bridge?

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Otavalo
The main attraction at Otavalo is the market – a huge ‘artisanias’ market with locals from all around the area selling arts and crafts.

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The Animal Market- lots of farmers standing around with cows, looking intensely bored whilst waiting for potential buyers

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Laundry Day

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The sign is an advert for the architect that lives here - not sure the building itself is the best advertisement for his work!

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This municipal building was the last thing I expected to see in Otavalo - a mountain town populated mainly by indigenous and famous for an 'artisanias' market - that'd be the Spanish then

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40 minutes walk from Otavalo is Peguche falls – sacred to the local people. With a rainbow arcing directly in to the falls it’s easy to see why it’s deemed to have magical properties.

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Rainbow at Peguche Falls

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Peguche Falls

After a quick whiz round the stalls and a trip to Peguche I walked up in to the mountains nearby and stayed in a hostel with amazing Andean mountain views.

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A bit further up the track are Lago Mojanda & Mount Fuya Fuya. I was worried that I wouldn’t see anything from the top for the cloud. As I sat and ate my picnic on the summit the clouds drifted across allowing mysterious glimpses of lakes and valleys below.

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Lago Mojanda

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Andean Peaks

Posted by Stevie_A 15:22 Archived in Ecuador

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