After spending the morning visiting sites in Quito, we made our way to Otavalo where we would be spending the night at Cabanas del Lago. This is a lovely hotel set on the San Pablo Lake with beautiful gardens and outstanding views of the lake and mountains.
The grounds are meticulously landscaped in an array of colorful perennial flowers. With the setting of the main building on the lake, you will find the registration desk, and dining area, linked by walkways in all directions to view everything from streams to stocked pond of koi or goldfish fed by a waterfall, a bridge across spectacular gardens and play areas for the kids.
Our cabin was surrounded with lovely flowers and our own outside seating was situated so as to enjoy the view of the grounds. The workmanship on the log cabins is incredible. The thick logs provided the protection from the cool night air.
The bed was extremely comfortable.
The room had a nice bathroom with all amenities and a hot shower.
After we settled in, we explored the grounds with the dazzling flowers and plants lining the walk ways and path. The employees were dressed in the traditional outfits that is indicative of the region. All were friendly and more than willing to assist.
Before dinner a traditional drink was served and a demonstration was provided of how a man and women would dress in their tradition, giving details of certain ways the clothing position gives the viewer some information. One detail is how a shaw draped over a woman’s shoulder indicates if she was single or married. This was accompanied by a dance which all eventually joined in.
Dinner was served featuring the local cuisine. The food was very enjoyable. Truly a pleasant evening for all involved.
When we returned to our room, an inviting fire was lit and two hot water bottles were on the bed. What a way to end a day. I have never had a hot water bottle in bed before. These hot water bottles stayed warm all night, as they were our only source of heat for our room.
Our Day in Otavalo Ecuador
The next morning, after a delicious breakfast, we made our way to the bus for our first stop of the day to a nearby waterfalls.
The hike to the waterfalls led us through a little village which was deserted when we walk through but would be busy when we returned.
It was an easy walk to the falls.
We spent about 45 minutes here taking pictures and walking around the area before returning to the bus.
World Famous Otavalo Market
Our next stop was Otavalo Market. Here we were on our own to wonder and barter with the people.
After we were finished with the market, we walked around the pretty town.
It was time to move on to the town of Cotacachi, known for its leather handicrafts. We had lunch on our own before settling back on the bus to our next destination, Papallacta. This drive took a couple of hours.
The roads were compatible to driving in the U.S. After the country nationalized their oil, they been investing in their roads, allowing the tour operators to go to places they could not drive to, just a couple of years ago.
On the drive to the hotel that afternoon, we were able to see the top of this mountain, which is usually covered in clouds. We stopped and got off the bus to take pictures. Just as quickly as we took our pictures the clouds came in and the mountain disappeared.
After several hours of riding on the bus, we finally arrived at our next hotel, Termas de Papallacta located in the Andes Mountains.