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October 31, 2017

So far we have enjoyed two days of costumes and can't wait for tonight's spectacle of Dia Delos Difuntos (Day of the Deceased). And, to think that I thought that I would miss one of my favorite holidays! Starting on Friday we have seen revelers on motorbikes, scary fac...

October 31, 2017

One of the great joys of travel is discovering the kindness of strangers. Almost everyone that we have met on our journey has been welcoming and helpful. It seems that everyday simple tasks turn into a lesson on patience and kindness. 

Our trip to the Otavalo post offic...

October 30, 2017

It was 9 am and when I looked down at my iWatch and it said that we had walked three miles. Three miles is the exact distance from the front door of our home in Mississippi to our neighborhood gate, which Ol and I walk regularly at about the same time everyday.  We wal...

October 29, 2017

You might think that when hiking among active volcanoes that the most dangerous thing would be volcanoes. You would be wrong. And so, we spent our final two days in Otavalo hiking the beautiful volcanoes that circle Otavalo in the area known as The Avenue of Volcanoes....

October 24, 2017

One of the reasons we took a noisier street room ay Hostal Chasqui was to see the animals run down the street on their way to the famous Otavalo market from our private  balcony. When the market it open, it is called "the most colorful place in the world."

Aft...

October 23, 2017

Our host at Hostal Chasqui, Roberto, told us that the best outdoor activity in the Otavalo area was hiking around Laguna Cuicocha, a stunningly beautiful volcanic lake. He said that many tourists are duped into paying a tour company nearly $100 for a trip to the lake....

October 22, 2017

I knew that our stay in Otavalo would be different when at check in, our host Roberto warned “If you see the Shaman he will be drunk, just take photos, don’t drink his potion or eat the “magical” egg.”

I knew that the Hostal Casqui was the right place when Roberto ran o...

October 20, 2017

On our last day in the rough port city of Buenaventura we decided to venture out of the small tourist center for a meal in the one restaurant that was recommended to us. We carefully made our way a few blocks from our hotel for some local seafood. The meal did not disa...

October 17, 2017

We said our goodbyes to Alberto and his family in Coffee Country and headed off to the Pacific coast. The whales were still off the coast but would be migrating south in another week. If we wanted to see them we had to go now. We were just four hours away.

We decided to...

October 16, 2017

Our trip to coffee country with Alberto and his family was off to a great start, despite the fifteen hour drive the previous day. The coffee plantation was beautiful. Our hacienda was a large suite of four rooms and a covered porch. There were two well appointed bedroo...

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