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La Posada Del Quinde Otavalo

July 24, 2015

When you roll into Otavalo it’s difficult to assess whether or not it’s a beautiful town. The time of the year we came was dry, warm, and dusty. We rolled in by bus from Colombia and then took a short taxi to La Posada Del Quinde which again from the outside we were unsure about. We we came in we immediately understood why the hotel itself and the restaurant, Cafe Pachamama, were both on #1 on Tripadvisor’s ranking. Almost immediately we were pulled out very warm hotel lobby and out into a gorgeous garden where beautiful little hummingbirds buzzed through various flora.…

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Ecuador, South America

Condor Park Otavalo- Feeding the birdnerd frenzy

July 6, 2015

A visit to the Condor Park Otavalo gives you the opportunity to see the world’s strongest bird along with a number of owls, hawks, and eagles. Of course if looking at birds in cages or behind bars isn’t your thing Condor Park can still leave the visitor satisfied with their flight demonstrations and personal encounters with Harry’s Hawk, the American eagle, a barn owl, and a few other high flying birds. The bird park itself is full of rescued birds either in illegal captivity or in unsuitable environments. The park doesn’t keep the birds if they are capable of freeing them however after…

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Ecuador, South America

Tahuantinsuyo Weaving Workshop- Backstrap weaving a dying art and tradition

July 5, 2015

It’s a rare occasion when you are privileged enough to encounter the master of a dying tradition and art. A visit to the Andean highlands brought us to the Agato village, one of many villages surrounding the famous Otavalo town. We rolled up to a nondescript concrete home with a small sign indicating our arrival to the Tahuantinsuyo Weaving Workshop. We we’re welcomed by a friendly Kichwe woman who escorted us to the backstrap weaving workshop we were able to meet Miguel Andrango. Like many revelations in travel we were able to find complexities in very simple things. Miguel showed us how to create thread starting with…

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