Cotacachi is a small town nestled between 2 large volcanoes in a beautiful country setting. I took pictures of the country gardens we saw along with some beautiful country homes.
We also went to Otavalo which is the next town over. There is a river that separates Cotacachi and Otavalo. Otavalo is a larger town with a population of about 80,000. They are well known for their textile products. There is a large outdoor marketplace where you can buy woven items and jewelry. The market is open everyday but on Saturday you can find the largest selection of vendors with their wares. I took a few pictures of the marketplace.
On the outskirts of Otavalo, you can hike to Peguche Falls. It is about a 15 minute hike from the parking lot but well worth it. There were a lot of high school kids at the falls trying to throw each other into the water. They were having a lot of fun but we were worried that someone might lose their footing and fall down the falls. But they must do this all the time and no one was getting hurt.
See the kids behind the bridge, in the water!