Monthly Archives: May 2013

5 Other Cultural “WOWs”

5. Indian food—the huge variety of vegetarian food and many types of bread (naan) and the presence of all-vegetarian restaurants and hotels 4. Indian women’s colorful clothing and styles 3. Andean women’s colorful clothing and styles 2. Pisco Sours (the official drink of Chile … Continue reading

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My Top 11 Place “WOWs” of This Trip

11. Andes mountains regions in Central Ecuador (Nariz del Diablo train ride) and Peru (Machu Picchu/Sacred Valley) 10. Oman’s mountains and valleys 9. Dubai architecture 8. Ranakpur, India—huge, white marble Jain temple 7. Valparaiso, Chile—hill areas with colored houses and street art 6. Mysore Palace … Continue reading

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Otavalo

A 2-hour day trip from Quito, Otavalo is known for its Saturday market starting in the Plaza de Ponchos and spreading out for several blocks. The usual Andean arts and crafts (ponchos, textiles, pottery, bags, jewelry, etc.) are sold here, … Continue reading

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Quito

Ecuador’s capital is divided between the Old Town, with large plazas; government buildings; cathedrals; museums; and La Ronda, the historic area with art galleries and cafes and the New Town, the more modern hustle-and-bustle area with businesses and most of … Continue reading

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