Home > Ecuador > 8th June – Leaving Quito for Otavalo, South Americas most important market town

8th June – Leaving Quito for Otavalo, South Americas most important market town

We left for Otavalo northern Ecuador this afternoon but before leaving we visited a Museo del Banco Central.

20120609-195116.jpg

It’s been referred to by many guides as possibly the most important and finest museum in Ecuador. It was free to enter and the history that was presented to us was incredible.

The first part of the museum was the artefacts of the indigenous people, it differentiated between the different tribes and also the when times changed how their skills improved. In this museum lies the skeleton of the princess that was buried in Ingapirca which we referred to when we visited the Inca site.

20120609-195155.jpg

Another section of the Museo was how Christianity was introduced to Ecuadorians and the last part of the museum was about the world and it’s maps. Definitely worthwhile visiting this museum, it’s great.

After the tour of the museum we grabbed our bags from the hostel and grabbed a taxi to the northern bus terminal called Carcelen ($6) from our hostel in the old part of town.

20120609-195227.jpg

The journey with Transportes Otavalo bus took around 2hrs and a bit to get to Otavalo but the annoying about these buses in Ecuador is, in the middle of your journey the bus drivers allow traders who sell, water, crisps and other types of food on the bus which delays us. I remember when we went to Cotopaxi, we were really delayed by these traders, we thought the passengers were going to lynch the driver. They banged on the windows and started shouting “Vamos”, “Vamos”, “Vamos”.

20120609-195248.jpg

Checked into our Rincon del Viajero hostel which made Julie very happy as it was her first choice. The price of the room is $14 per person, which is quite expensive but we are only here for one night then tomorrows Ibarra. It’s a clean and chilled out place. Would definitely recommend it.

We had lunch at Fontana di Trevi supposedly the best Italian place in Otavalo (it didn’t disappoint) chilled in our room till the evening where we went into town for a drink in a Mexican place where local musicians came to play typical Ecuadorean music. Fridays and Saturday night are known for its live music in Otavalo.

En francais:

Aujourd’hui, on quitte Quito pour aller au Nord à Otavalo.
Mais avant de partir, on a un dernier endroit à visiter, le Museo del Banco Central.

20120609-195127.jpg

Heureusement pour nous, ce n’est qu’à dix minutes à pieds dans la Casa de la Cultura.
On avait été dans son équivalent à Cuenca et on avait bien aimé. Et on n’a pas été déçu à Quito non plus.
Première bonne surprise, on ne paie pas l’entrée. Mais surtout, le musée abrite deux superbes collections: des céramiques pré-colombiennes et surtout leur salle d’Or. On a passe une bonne heure collés aux vitrines. On a pu entre autre voir le squelette de la princesse enterrée à Ingapirca, un masque inca tout en or, des masques funéraires et des statues.

20120609-195201.jpg

Après la visite, on est allés récupérer nos sacs avant de prendre un taxi pour le terminal Carcélen, au nord de Quito.

Et on est arrivés au bon moment, car on n’a à peine achète notre billet, qu’on monte dans le bus en marche!

20120609-195218.jpg

Le trajet jusqu’à Otavalo nous a pris deux heures et demie et s’est passe sans problème.
Une fois arrivés a la gare routière, on a marche avec son sac à dos et à ventre jusqu’à une. Auberge recommandée dans le guide et bingo, ils ont une chambre double pour nous. Elle n’est pas prête alors on dépose nos sacs dans la consigne et on file déjeuner, on meurt de faim! Il est 16h quand même.

On se pose dans le restaurant Fontana di Trevi, au deuxième étage d’un mini mall et on partage une pizza et un plat de pâtes! C’était vraiment très bon pour un resto italien en Amérique du Sud!

20120609-195255.jpg

Après le repas, on rentre à l’auberge et on bouine un peu.

On ressortira car on a lu que les vendredis et samedis , il y avait de la musique andine live dans des peñas. Bon, on n’a pas trouvé de peñas mais on a trouve une pizzeria ou un groupe de musiciens otavaleños jouaient et c’était plutôt sympa.

  1. No comments yet.
  1. No trackbacks yet.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: