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Stained glass artwork scrapes the skies over Otavalo.

Stained glass artwork scrapes the skies over Otavalo Ecuador.

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The Aya Uma mask is an important icon for the June Solstice Festival.

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There are subtle colors and explosions of colors in the Otavalo Ecuador area;  one can sample the quiet hues of the landscape or take a giant immersion in the Saturday market in town.  There are colors to suit all moods and personalities!

Let’s start with a leisurely walk in the mountains that overlook Otavalo.

An afternoon trek between Otavalo and Volcano Imbabura (Ecuador)

An afternoon trek between Otavalo and Volcano Imbabura (Ecuador) offers glimpses of volcanoes, lakes, and pastoral fields.

Lago San Pablo

Lago San Pablo

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Splashes of color from quinos

Splashes of color from quinoa against a backdrop of ‘chocho.’

This variety of quinoa is much more colorful than the 'standard' one often sold in markets.

This variety of quinoa is much more colorful than the ‘standard’ pale variety often sold in markets.

"Chocho" legumes sweep the landscape.

“Chocho” (lupine – Lupinus mutabilis) legumes sweep the landscape.

Back in Otavalo...

Back in Otavalo…

Locally-grown vegetables are sold in various locations in town.

Locally-grown vegetables are sold in various locations in town.

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Across the main highway, the animal market offered memorable photo moments.

Across the main highway, Saturday’s animal market offers memorable photo moments.

How many piglets?!

How many piglets?!

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"Cuy" (Guinea Pigs) and Chickens were popular items for sale in the animal market.

“Cuy” (Guinea Pigs) and Chickens were popular items for sale in the animal market.

Some of the just-purchased animals tagged along into the center section of town…

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Papaya, Mango and Watermelon

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The colorful fruits prep the eye for the colors of the market.

After a quiet trek through the farming area, one finds an explosion of colors in town.  Every Saturday the town swells into one of the largest outdoor markets in South America, and vendors crowd the streets with displays of textiles, jewelry, produce, ceramics and lots and lots of color!

Let’s go shopping!

Wouldn't this crown of feathers make you feel important?

Wouldn’t this crown of feathers make you feel important?

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Remember the acrylic painting of the Aya Uma mask that got lost in the winter storm?

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One hears many stories about Duendes (trolls) and Brujitas (little witches) in this area of the Andes.

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After a long day of walking and perusing items for sale, one can find a rooftop perch at the Mexican restaurant by the Plaza de los Ponchos. Relax and watch the day come to an end while pondering how to squeeze so many colorful moments into one post!

Volcano Cotacatchi beyond the Plaza de los Ponchos.

Volcano Cotacatchi beyond the Plaza de los Ponchos.

Thanks, Ailsa at Where’s my Backpack, for this Colourful Challenge!

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