by: Steve Watkins In: Art, culture, Ecuador, journal, Latin America, photography, photos on: February 4, 2013A 30-minute flight from Manta to Quito, then a 90-minute drive north to Otavalo. Sounds easy enough. Not necessarily. Some of the world’s finest artisans live in this remote town. Dana bought these two pieces. Spices. We purchased the hand-woven rug on the right as a wall hanging in Casa Azul. Yarn. From the market in town, we traveled to this spectacular property owned by a friend. It’s the rim of a volcano- Mt. Imbabura where I set a new personal best for elevation above sea level at 15,190 feet. The water in the crater lake is so acidic that it will not sustain life. Two old friends stop for conversation. The bold colors of Latin America are among my favorite things. Many of the indigenous people carry coin cups and will ask you for change on the street. It’s hard not to give them money. The art of embroidery is at its finest here. These coca “products” are for sale everywhere, and are said to cure just about anything that ails ya. I’m sure that’s true ,but I passed on the opportunity. Catching up on her reading.