Last Saturday, we went for a one-day trip to Otavalo on a private bus (a small van). Unfortunately, two of the students who were supposed to come with us, got sick on Friday night, so we were a very little group. The program we had planned was great: starting at the animal market and ending in the Condor Park. For being able to do everything we wanted, we had to leave at 6.30 a.m. By 8.30 a.m. we arrived at the animal market in Otavalo, which is very interesting to see. They sell chickens, pigs, cows, dogs, cats, guinea pigs (cuy) and rabbits. This market takes place just on Saturday mornings for about 3 hours and is therefore always crowded.
After strolling around for half an hour, we got in our little bus again and headed to the "Cascada de Peguche", a very beautiful waterfall close to Quito. There, we spent about an hour walking around and climbing a bit up and afterwards we went to the Otavalo Market, one of the most important and spectacular handicraft markets in Latin America. We needed about 2 1/2 hours until everyone had what he/she was looking for and after that we were so hungry that we entered a restaurant first for having a delicious "almuerzo."
In the afternoon, we went to the Condor Park of Otavalo, a rehabilitation center for condors, eagles and other types of birds. Many of the species which found a home in the park were rescued from illegal captivity or inadequate housing. It was very impressing to see these animals from so close, and at 4.30 p.m. they even had a free flight show. It was a great day, we saw so many things but without having been in a hurry.