Otavalo is known for its boisterous markets and crowded streets. In Otavalo we had lots of time to explore the city and the culture of the Kichwa people. We took a tour of the works of Tenaz, a famous indigenous mural painter who dedicates his work to the indigenous people and visited a ‘living museum’ of Kichwa culture. We also roamed the markets, bargaining for alpaca sweaters and bracelets. Our exploration of the Kichwa culture through both Tenaz’s art and the history of the city set up our time with our indigenous homestay families in Agualongo, where we learned about indigenous customs even more.
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