It was pouring rain, gray and foggy when we woke up. After we got ready, we ran up to the main house through the rain for breakfast. Breakfast was just as delicious as dinner the night before. We were served crepes, scrambled eggs, bacon, rolls, juice and fruit.
Our schedule today had us visiting the Pelileo Market, a Flower Farm, lunch and a tour of the Hacienda La Cienega before driving back to Quito, where we would be spending the night. After breakfast it was time to get on the bus. It was still raining pretty hard.
Our first stop was to the Pelileo Market where we saw different fruits and vegetables produced in Ecuador. Everything looked so fresh and delicious.
They sell the whole stalk of bananas.
Back on the bus as we were riding through the town of Pelileo, we saw blue jeans on the sidewalk for $10. This town is known as the Blue Jeans capital of Ecuador. You can find great bargains on all types of jeans. Sadly, we only saw the blue jeans lined up in front of the stores as we drove by. We went by so quickly I was not able get a picture of them, but if you google it you will see pictures.
Visiting Rose Farm in Ecuador
As we toured Ecuador, we saw large areas of tent style buildings covering the country side.
Vast stretches of land with these tents were seen everywhere we went. The question was asked, what was contained in these tents. Roses, acres and acres of roses. The rose industry is the third highest money producer for the country. The rose industry has helped the country pull itself up to what it is today.
A tour of a rose facility was included in our vacation package. We visited Roses & Roses, The Unlimited Roses Company.
We entered one of the mega tents to witness the rows and rows of roses, lined in neat sections for the different varieties and showing their spectacular colors.
A fact that I found fascinating, was that only the women touch the roses, from cutting, to packing. In fact one of the big advantages that these rose industries have is they hire the local women in the area. A lot of the local women turn out to be head of the households. These jobs help them and their families. The company we visited even had a day care center on sight to make it easier for the women to work there.
Some facts we learned about the roses produced in Ecuador; one out of every four roses purchased in the US comes from Ecuador, it is one of the top industries that support the country and Russia is the major importer of Ecuador’s Red Roses. Another amazing fact which would not have crossed my mind was Ecuador is the main supplier of STRIGHT STEM ROSES. The reason as explained by our tour guide is that the sun comes directly down perpendicular to the ground. Most plants grow their leaves and flower at an angle that captures the maximum amount of sun rays. Since the rays come straight down, the plants and roses grow straight up. Ecuador is renowned for their straight stem roses.
As we were leaving we saw the roses that had already been packaged and ready to send out. They were gorgeous. In Equator you could get 25 roses for $2.50. Could you imagine being able to buy roses that cheap. I would get a different color bouquet every week. The selection was just incredible.