Otavalo – Christmas shopping, eating guinea pig and some bad luck

Christmas shopping in Otavalo One weekend in mid-December, I went to Otavalo to get some Christmas presents and send them home. Otavalo, as I’ve mentioned before, is most famous for the indigenous market on Saturdays where they sell lots of handicrafts and crafted goods like ponchos, tapestries, scarves and bags. Continue Reading

Hosteling for the first time ever – the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Pim's Parque Itchimbia Quito

I’ll always remember my last few days in Quito (this time round) for my first hostel experiences and bed bug scares. Who would’ve thought that this milestone would be marred by (apparent) bed bugs in a Quito hostel? But here’s what happened prior to that: after an exciting (and tiring) Continue Reading