We booked a tour for 2 with Alexander Lomas in Quito for 2 of us. We like Andean History so we asked if there were any ruins we might visit. He picked us up at our Hotel in a nice Ford Explorer and with a driver we went into the countryside. The highway was excellent with beautiful views and scenery. Lots of old volcano's. We went several miles on a cobblestone road past quaint houses to Cochasqui which is a collection of buried pyramids on a hillside. A local guide took us for a walk around them explaining the history and there is a small museum and replica of a dwelling. We also hand fed wild llamas. It was worth the stop. We then went to Cotacachi, "The Leather town", which has a long street lined with shops selling all kinds of leather goods at great prices. We had a nice lunch and then good shopping. Next we went to Otavalo and, even though it was a weekday, there was still a large market in the plaza selling typical Andean goods. Alexander was very flexible and accommodated our requests during the day, I recommend him highly. His English is excellent and he is very knowledgeable.
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