Otavalo’s Hidden Gems (Part 4): The Vanishing Art of Backstrap Weaving

Industrialisation has been a boon for us in so many ways. But we’re paying a heavy price for it, as well. All over the world, age-old traditional ways of doing things – by hand, from scratch – have been slowly forgotten. Backstrap weaving Backstrap weaving is one of these dying Continue Reading

Otavalo’s Hidden Gems (Part 3): Why you should visit this crumbling museum

Museo Otavalango backstrap weaving Otavalo Ecuador

Museo Otavalango Some people will tell you never to visit the same place twice. “The world is so big and life is so short, why waste time revisiting?” I don’t subscribe to that point of view at all. Life is so short – sometimes your time is better spent returning Continue Reading

Otavalo’s Hidden Gems (Part 2): Lagunas de Mojanda and Cuicocha

laguna de Cuicocha | Otavalo | Ecuador | hiking

First, apologies for the Spanglish in the title. I guess it should technically say either “(las) Lagunas de Mojanda y Cuicocha” or “Mojanda and Cuicocha Lakes”, but: this blog is in English, so I ruled the former out (maybe one day I’ll write something in Spanish so I won’t have Continue Reading

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