Posada del Arte in Banos, Ecuador

Banos, Ecuador

Hostal Posada del Arte is tucked off the main square but the colorful entrance is impossible to miss

Banos, Ecuador

Inside is a cozy common room with a fireplace and a rotating gallery of artwork on the walls, mostly local artists and all for sale.

Banos, Ecuador

Banos, Ecuador

We stopped in to eat in the restaurant and I got my (by now) favorite Ecuadorian meal, llapingachos

Banos, Ecuador

Eggs. chorizo, potato pancakes, avocado and tomato salad. Awesome.

I loved Posada del Arte. The food was great, the atmosphere is gorgeous and it’s right in the center of town. As much as I really liked staying at La Casa Verde, it’s a 2km walk out of town, which makes it tricky after midnight when the cabs stop running. If I were to come back to Banos, I’d stay at Posada del Arte.

Otavalo Market

Full of bright beautiful handcrafts like textiles

Otavalo Mercado, Ecuador

Alpaca scarves

Otavalo market, Ecuador

Carved chess sets pitting the Indians against the Spanish

Otavalo Market, Ecuador

All kinds of street food carts featuring things like fried potato cakes they call Llapingachos

otavalo market, Ecuador

And churros stuffed with chocolate and dulce de leche

Otavalo market, Ecuador

And then a rainbow through the bus window on the ride home