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    Otavalo is a largely indigenous town in Imbabura Province, Ecuador, well known for its huge Saturday market. This market days is touted to be the largest inb South America. The town, which is in a valley, is surrounded by the peaks of Imbabura, Cotacachi, and Mojanda volcanoes.

    The Indians of Otavalo are famous for the weaving of textiles, which has a 400 year history. The Saturday market draws both locals and tourist to a great event. The town has an expansive market and although main market day is Saturday, in the Plaza del Poncho there are wares available for tourists throughout the week. Early morning sees the trading of livestock.

    Otavalo was traditionally an area made up principally of farming communities but with the growth of tourism has begun to focus more on the handycrafts. Tourism had become the town's main industry and as a result many hotels have been set up in colonial buildings and in the spectacular surroundings as well as a number of restaurants.

    As Otavalo is famous for its textiles, many of the nearby villages and towns are famous for their own particular crafts. Cotacachi, the center of Ecuador's leather industry, is known for its polished calf skins and leather products.. In San Antonio, where the local specialty is wood carving, the main street prominently displays carved statues, picture frames, and furniture.

    Also of note, Otavalo is also known for its Inca-influenced traditional music and musicians. There are many musical groups currently traveling around the world promoting Inca music (sometimes known as Andean New Age). This style of music has had notable commercial success worldwide.
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      Mitad del Mundo

      Quito makes a good starting point for many day-long excursions into the lush surrounding Andean Sierra. By hiring a car, taking a tour or using public transport or taxis, there are several popular trips into a region crowded with mountain views, waterfalls, thermal baths , and a peaceful villages. Buses to the Equatorial Line Monument, leave every half-hour from the market place, or you can pick them up on the Avenida America in the new town.

      The sensation of being in the middle of the world, and to take a photograph on the line of latitude 0 0' 00", stepping over both hemispheres of the earth, admiring the impressive 30 meter high monument, built in commemoration of the French geodesic mission that arrived in 1736, to measure an arch and to verify the roundness of the earth, is an indescribable emotion.

      Pululahua's Crater

      A paved road leads to the rim of the volcano, from where the view of farms on the crater floor is impressive. A rough path leads down from the rim, and the interior of the crater has its own micro-climate, wich rich vegetation and diverse bird life.
      Middle of the World Manuel Cordova Galarza, Quito, Ecuador

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    Month Temp °C Rainfall Cm Temp °F Rainfall Inches
    Jan 13.8 94 56.8 37
    Feb 13.7 93 56.7 36.6
    Mar 13.9 122 57 48
    Apr 13.9 123 57 48.4
    May 14.3 97 57.7 38.2
    Jun 13.8 56 56.8 22
    Jul 13.1 15 55.6 5.9
    Aug 13.1 9 55.6 3.5
    Sep 13.6 35 56.5 13.8
    Oct 13.9 106 57 41.7
    Nov 14.2 91 57.6 35.8
    Dec 14.1 86 57.4 33.9

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