In Otavalo, the animal market begins early Saturday morning (at about 4am). The market is organized from biggest to smallest, starting with vacas, caballos and burros, followed by chanchos and ovejas, and ending with cuy, pollo, patos, and conejos. It was tempting to take home this little cutie, as he was only 38 dollars.
When purchased, pollo were often carried in sacks (bolsas de pollo real). This meant that you had to be careful not to step on any bags lying on the ground, that is until you checked to see if they were moving. The group almost came home with a burro as well, he was very sweet and seemed to like the attention. Overall, it was a good day at the animal market, full of pig squeals and mierda.
By Macy Hagler
About this blog:
2016 is the first year for Kevin Murphy’s Neotropical Agroecology class in Ecuador. Students will spend two weeks in Ecuador meeting with, learning from and working alongside farmers, artisans, naturalists and/or ecologists in two distinct ecosystems. During the first week, we will focus on the agroecology and social ecology of northern Ecuador. This will include visits to Puembo, Cotacachi, Otavalo and Peguche in the Andean highlands, followed by three days in the Intag Cloud Forest region on the western slope of the Andes Mountains. The second week will be spent in Quito area in Ilalo, followed by a journey south to the high altitude areas around Riobamba and Cañar. In Quito, we will visit agrosilvopastoral farming systems, seed sovereignty organizations, local farms, Slow Food Ecuador, among other exciting adventures. In Cañar, we will visit and work with an indigenous Cañari farmer association of seed and grain producers. The trip will end in Cuenca, the third largest city in Ecuador.