Equator line on way to Cotacachi
She waits every day for tour groups - - - -
Photo stop on way to Cotacachi
Same stop - Love this house!
Arrival @ Hotel Flores
One of the welcoming committees - - -
Hmmmmm - I wonder - - - -
Convent across the street from Flores - - -
Flag of Cotacachi. . . .
Took a walk & Voila! A street dance - - -
Delivery of a cold one - - -
Not all are interested in the dance - - -
Courtyard of Flores from our upper balcony - - -
Visit to the indiginous village -Chilcapamba
Lunch was served - - -
Corn is different than ours - - - -
Alfonso showed us the village - - - -
Grandpa loves the pigs . . . !
Agave plant makes strong thread - - - -
Hard work - - - -
Shoes are made from the Agave rope - - - -
All kids love cars - - - -
Everyone loves pictures of self . . . .
Village school - - - -
A new friend was found - - - -
Adorable children - - - -
Donovan's new alpaca sweater - - -
We all shopped - - -
Always a kid - - - -
Breakfast at the Flores - - - -
Everyone shops the leather street - - - -
Bargains everywhere - - - -
Too bad we already have one - - - -
Never stop working - - -
Always time for a coffee break - - -
The best empanadas ever eaten - - - -
Grandma loves giving presents - - - -
One stubborn calf - - -
Ecuadorian dancer entertained one evening - - -
Breakfast entertainment - - -
Visit to Weaver's Village of Peguche - - - -
Ways to color the alpaca wool for weaving - - -
Tedious work - - - -
Brought this home with me - - - -
Behind this unfinished facade . . .
Look what we discovered . . .
Woman's work is never done . . . .
Nanda Mafiachi music shop - - -
Beautiful dancer - - -
Jessica learning to play - - - -
Nanda's children - - -
Magnificent 6 star spa and resort - - -
DK's rose petal spa experience - -
Ian chose the Eucalyptus massage - - -
La Mirage grounds are beautiful - - -
Many strutting peacocks - - -
One of the entrances to the spa - - -
DK shopping Cotacachi market - - -
Best of the egg - - - -
Artisans bring their wares to the Flores - - - -
Great Hotel stay - - -
Resting a moment - - -
Typical Cotacachi street - - -
Preparing for the cleansing ceremony by the Shaman - -
“yachak” or Shaman are Kichwa healers - - -
Head Yachak is Rafael -in the white hat - - -
Ceremony begins - - -
Tobacco is considered sacred - - - -
Chasing toxins from the body - - -
Preparing for individual healing and cleansing ritual - - -
The girls were first - - -
DK was next for cleansing of toxins - - -
He could feel the heat - - -
He is cleansed. . . . ?
After the cleansing - - - -!
Ex-Pats entertained us one evening - - -
Ecuador is famous for roses - - -
Fuentes Brothers woodworking shop - - -
Shop is in the village of San Antonio de Ibarra - - - -
Amazing work - - -
Their carvings are mostly for Catholic Churches . . . .
How was the trip down the slide, Ian?
Quite the piece of work, eh. . . ?!
The greatest empanadas in Cotacachi- - - -!
Our third time in a week - - - !
Everybody loves 'em - - - -
Ever seen two more handsome guys?
What should I buy in this Leather Shop . . . ?
Farewell dinner at La Mirage - - -
Great group of ladies - - -
And more ladies - - -
Our leader and his daughter and fiance - - -
Fred and Angel - another couple our age!
La Mirage is a truly lovely, elegant place!
Otavala - large people's craft and produce market - - -
Dolls, dolls, dolls . . . .
Lunch spot in Otavala. . . .
Anything you need or want, is here in Otavala . . .
Scarves from baby Alpaca wool . . .
Three generations . . .
Coconuts anyone. . . . ?
Our last stop - Otavala, Cotacachi . . .
Final goodbyes @ Hotel Flores. . .
Every afternoon she served us goodies . . .
New friends are hard to leave behind . . . .