The highlands of Ecuador

Boy with lama in the highlands of Ecuador
We made the best of our short stay in Ecuador by taking a highlands tour with a guide named Santiago.  He basically took us along the Pan-American Highway to several towns in the highland areas of Ecuador.  Even being from the "mile high" city, we could certainly feel the elevation which ranged around 3000M (9,800 ft).  A little interesting tidbit, we saw the only place where snow lies on the equator.  The snow capped Cayambe Volcano (18,996 ft) sits right on the equator.  We just had glimpse of the many volcanoes in the area because they were masked in clouds most of the day.Handmade beads in market

Watching big sister make bead strands
We had a great time walking around the little towns and visiting the markets including one of the most famous in South America, Otavalo.  This market was a maze of everything you can imagine being at a market and more. Otavalo MarketSpices at the market
Roasted pig at the market

On the way back to Quito we stopped by Tarjeta de Ingreso National park to see a breathtaking crater lake.A crater lake in Ecuadorian National Park

  

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4 Responses to The highlands of Ecuador

  1. Tree says:

    Mmmm. Delicious pig head. You have to try guinea pig when you are in Peru. The ear bones are the delicacy…

  2. Sara says:

    Hi Guys,
    Glad to hear you finally got out of D-town.
    Take a picture of ourselves with your packs on and stuff so we can see how sweet all your travel gear is and how cool you look on your adventure. :)
    Take care!
    Sara

  3. Sammy says:

    fricken oink, beautiful pics as usual. Glad you guys made it out of the city.
    Pics of you sillies with your gear would be nice.

  4. Casey says:

    Looking great you two! Maybe a little interview when you get finished with the MP hike?