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Sanctuary

Sanctuary

These photos are taken at the Parque Condor bird sanctuary in Otavalo.   The post Sanctuary appeared first on BARNA...
Topiary

Topiary

As far as I know there are only two topiary gardens in Latin America, Parque Francisco Alvarado, in Zarcero, Costa Rica and the Topiary Garden Cemetery in Tulcan, Ecuador.  We paid a visit to both on our Panamerican rambling. The municipal cemetery in Tulcan has the...
Post No.484

Post No.484

Never lower your camera, never quit practicing. I watched a video with a frontline guitar player the other day, yup 3-4 hours practice every day, he said. Why would photography be different? There’s always something out there, dog, cat, mountains, flats, um,...
Olmedo Pesillo

Olmedo Pesillo

One of those ‘just drive and we’ll see where we end up’ day-trip. Drove up from Ibarra to Zuleta and kept going until we reached Olmedo-Pesillo. There are two adjacent indigenous villages under one jurisdiction. Not sure how many tourists are getting...
Green desert

Green desert

Although we are basically in a desert(ish) place, at least that’s how it looked 6-7 months ago when we were here before we crossed to Colombia, now it’s all green. It rains cats and dogs lately and the area has turned into a green desert. Blaze has some...
Canon 70-200 F2.8L surgery

Canon 70-200 F2.8L surgery

I the past few weeks my Canon 70-200 F2.8L felt somewhat strange then it became more and more obvious that is sick. The lens elements became loose. The front element above the focus ring and in the middle, just below the focus ring. The general feel was that the lens...
Post No.480

Post No.480

With quite a few blog posts and thousands of photos uploaded already sometimes I have no clue how to name a new blog post. Obviously people will look at the photos and maybe read a line or two. How about I just name the blog posts by their number? This is Post No.480....
San Antonio

San Antonio

San Antonio, I wonder how many places are carrying this name. Probably at least one per each Latin American country. There are at least two in Ecuador San Antonio de Pichincha and San Antonio de Ibarra. Just few minutes driving from Ibarra is this sleepy town which is...
Adjusting

Adjusting

Scary, strange, adjusting, getting used to it and normal. I guess these are the stages of traveling in Latin America. Blending in and understanding it 100% is out of question, I think you need to be born into this environment for that. Crowd, noise, colours, smoke,...
Education

Education

We had a glance into Ecuadorian education. It  just happened that we had an opportunity to visit an art school. Not exactly sure the level of it, it’s classified locally as ‘technological school’ but below university level, still accredited as higher...
The clouds are back

The clouds are back

The clouds are back into focus. After shooting loads of cloud photos in Colombia, seems like I can do the same in Ecuador and why not? The rainy season is not wrapped in Ecuador yet, it goes until May. While up in the highlands seems like things are all-right the...
Quechua hat makers

Quechua hat makers

Quechua hat makers of Iluman was next on the list to visit. The village is mainly known for its curanderos (yachaks) aka shamans. We met Adela Picuasi in the Otavalo market and upon the request where we can see how these hats are made she invited us to her shop. We...
Food prices, Ecuador

Food prices, Ecuador

Food is one of those things what we all need few times a day. We found that Ecuadorian food is pretty good quality, decent prices and lots of natural products, no sugar added. Finally high quality all natural yogourt, which was sorely missed for a log time. Supermaxi,...
Colourful things

Colourful things

Lots of colourful things to take photos around here. Not sure how much of it goes under the ‘tradition’ or under ‘things tourists might buy’ category. ‘A tradition is a belief, behaviour, legends, customs passed down within a group or...
People and places

People and places

So really, what one will see while traveling? People and places. Stuff that surround the people and fill up the places. Things that people do. If different than the things we do and people surround us at our ‘home’ base than it’s new and interesting....
Happy Easter!

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter from Ecuador! A year ago we were in a small Mayan town in Guatemala, watching slash photographing the Easter procession. This time we did the same thing in another mostly indigenous town in Northern Ecuador, Cotacachi. I said ‘mostly...
Extending tourist visa in Ecuador

Extending tourist visa in Ecuador

I extended my Ecuador tourist visa in Ibarra. There is a new option of 90 days extension introduced in February 2017. Given the fact that is a smaller city and everything s 5-10 minutes away by vehicle makes things easier. The official lady at the small office was...
Back to Ibarra

Back to Ibarra

We crossed the border from Peru and by next day late evening we arrived to Ibarra. It was a long shot but the Ecuadorian roads are getting better and better and driving through the country is getting easier. The Riobamba to Ibarra stretch is pretty good, while...
Sunsets

Sunsets

Looks like 90 % of the days around here end up with pretty nice sunsets above the Pacific. The beach is OK-ish, not one of those Caribbean white sands one. There is salty water (sorta muddy), waves, sand and clay  mixture beach with some garbage washed up. It’s...
Blaze

Blaze

While we are idling in Swisswassi waiting for the road conditions to improve in Peru cannot let those cameras getting rusty. Blaze and the sunset are always a good theme.   The post Blaze appeared first on BARNA...