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Some indigenous people at Otavalo.  Otavalo is a huge indian market in the Andes mountains. It is about three hours outside of Quito. 
I felt uncomfortable taking pictures of the people there, so this is my only picture of the market. There were hundreds of tables just like the one seen here. The people insist that you bargain with them… so I bought a stunning alpaca tapestry, a shrunken head (goat style), some pearls, and some indigenous finger puppets for a cousin. My favorite find was some rope shoes I got back in the city and a huge purple shell. Most things sold for half of what the people originally offered. I also bought a purse from a little girl who was about seven years old. I walked away with some interesting things.

Some indigenous people at Otavalo.  Otavalo is a huge indian market in the Andes mountains. It is about three hours outside of Quito.

I felt uncomfortable taking pictures of the people there, so this is my only picture of the market. There were hundreds of tables just like the one seen here. The people insist that you bargain with them… so I bought a stunning alpaca tapestry, a shrunken head (goat style), some pearls, and some indigenous finger puppets for a cousin. My favorite find was some rope shoes I got back in the city and a huge purple shell. Most things sold for half of what the people originally offered. I also bought a purse from a little girl who was about seven years old. I walked away with some interesting things.