After visiting the animal market would you consider becoming a vegetarian?
Nestor: Not really. I’ve seen how meat is produced in the west and it’s not a nice process. If that won’t convince me to become a vegetarian, this won’t either. Once science figures out how to produce a food product that tastes the same as meat with the same vitamins and other essentials components this would be a great option.
Heejung: Yes, very briefly.
What animal at the market would you like the eat the least?
Nestor: I guess baby chicken. Seems like too many bones and too little meat. Seems like a hassle.
Heejung: Cat. I saw cats.
If you could be any animal in the world what would you be?
Nestor: I would have to go for a Galapagos tortoise? Living a long peaceful live without natural enemies. I’m sure being a slow creature also gives you allot of personal insight and calmness like a animal-monk.
Heejung: A dog at Nestor’s parents house. Because their dogs are well fed and well taken care off.
Is Otavalo a handicraft shopping paradise?
Nestor: I guess so. I’m not a big shopper, but there was a lot of different things to buy and not expensive at all. Market vendors so far have also been very calm and less pushy compared to places in South East Asia, China and India.
Heejung: Yes. I didn’t know it at that time, but after visiting other market in other countries, Otavalo has a very wide variety of handicrafts and the prices were good. But they don’t have funny t-shirts.
What are three recommendations you would give for travellers going to Otavalo?
Nestor: Don’t miss the animal market on Saturday. Get up early, by 9:30am things already start dying down. 2) Go see a local band playing Andean Folk Music at one of the Pena’s that Otavalo has to offer. 3) The Mirador (viewpoint) de la Cruz isn’t really worth it, save your oxygen.
Heejung: Do a tour. Visiting the nearby communities in including a local school.
Practical information: Every Saturday in Otavalo, Ecuador. Walking distance from the main plaza. Get there early as by 9am most of the animals are sold and the market will be dying down.