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Otavalo Market

The following are some shots of the Otavalo market.  The market is full of items made by the Cuichua Indians who live in this area.  Their main economy is producing and selling the various items on display in the market. 

The first set of pictures are of the city of Otavalo.

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A large government building.

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The narrow streets are paved and clean.

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A park area in the central part of the city. 

The following are pictures of the market.  This is one of main tourist attractions in Ecuador.  

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This was the first time I saw butterfly collections on display here. 

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In Zapallo Grande I saw a butterfly that looked like the second one from the top with the brilliant light blue strips through the black wings.  It was beautiful!

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While we were browsing through the market we were followed by this little Cuichua Indian lady who kept tapping us on our arms and begging for money.  There were several such people milling around the market begging.

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I tried to get a picture of Jane, Damarys and Loita.  I told them this would be a picture of Three Babes and a Beggar.

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In addition to all the fabric, there were vendors of wood carvings, jewelry, painted pottery and jade.  The carvings and pottery had stories that the carving or painting represented.  Most interesting were the jade carvings.  I purchased some items to bring home.

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Everywhere you look there is color and more color.

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Jane, Damarys and Loita are looking for some blouses.

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A common animal in this area is the Alpaca.  It is a relative of the llama and is raised for its fur.  At the market there are many rugs made of Alpaca fur.  The fur is thick and of various colors.  Many of these rugs were beautiful.

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