We took a couple road trips while my folks were here to Papallacta and Otavalo. Lillian did great (better than mom had thought) in the car on long road trips.
Mom & Dad will hate that I posted this!
Enjoying the thermal baths.
Lily hanging out with Dad while Mom gets a massage.
Top of the pass on the drive home.
Papallacta is an easy drive from Quito and a great weekend getaway. I think we'll be back in the near future.
Mom and Dad also took a day trip to Cotapaxi. The mountain was actually out and they had a fun day. The next day I took Mom with me on my Friday trip to the La Floresta market behind the hotel where we lived for two months when we first arrived. There's one vendor who has organic veggies and who hopefully will bring me some earthworms to start composting again.
La Floresta market.
I buy flowers from this lady every week. Some vendors are starting to recognize me.
I'm short, but this lady is really short!
The following weekend, we went to Otavalo for the Saturday market and then on to Cotacachi. Having been to the market in Otavalo already, Tristan and I like Cotacachi better and think we'll head back again. We stayed at Ali Shungu Lodge. A little more expensive than other places, but the accomodations were beautiful and Mom even got a horseback ride in and the price included dinner and breakfast. Owned by an American couple, it's quite nice and very pastoral. They could use better signage--getting there was a little tricky.
Ali Shungu Lodge
Lily was very popular with the staff.
Ride 'em cowgirl! Go Mom!
Well, we gave Mom a lot of grief for wanting to try cuy but we all had a good laugh and even tried it. Kinda like crispy chicken but not much meat. I had guinea pigs as pets when I was a child so I couldn't quite get past that.