We loved Galapagos. Nothing like it and Nic took soooo many cool pics.
We were tempted to head up to the famous Otavalo markets but decided that after the rainforest and the islands we had zero clean clothes left and should probably sort that out first. We found a lavenderia (laundry) that could get all (4 backpacks full of clothes) done by 2pm and spent the day wandering around a new part if the city. Got Nic some new shoes (gave the ones that we had bought in Tena that didn't fit him to a guy who didn't have any). Couldn't get in contact with the dude who had mentioned the street kid charity to me so we gave the jackets and shirts to people we met in the park = win/win coz it lightened our load making room for the souvenirs we bought in the market that day.
The market is in El Ejido Park (Parque el Ejido - conveniently located just to the south of where we dropped our laundry in the Mariscal district where we had stayed at Magic Bean). On the outskirts local artists display their paintings for sale and in the small covered stalls are predominantly Otavalen handicrafts and we have compared with people who went up to Otavalo - there appears to be little difference in price or quality so we did well.
Off to Papa Gayo to visit the Cotopaxi National park. Another great day.
This blog is for family and friends to keep up with our travels (read as: let us brag and let dad know I'm not recklessly endangering his grandchildren) and for those researching their own trip as I know other's experiences were invaluable in my planning.
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