Otovalo is famous in Ecuador for being a big market town. Our day trip from Quito included a stop at Cayambe to try a local specialty, bizcochos. The ones we sampled were like big cheese straws (ie delicious).
We actually visited two markets – the first was the animal market where there were cows, pigs, rabbits, guinea pigs – and a lot of chooks. The second was the tourist market which had almost everything except live animals on sale. There were many beautiful blankets, rugs, ponchos, jumpers, and bags which were very tempting. What I thought most beautiful were the traditional embroidered blouse shops.
After the market and lunch we stopped in at the Cascadas De Peguche ( Penguche Waterfall ). It was great to go for an easy hike to the top of the waterfall. And strange as, like many areas that we’ve seen around Quito, there are eucalyptus trees everywhere. And an ‘Irish pub’.