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Although most people just pass through here on the way to the lake of the same name, the quiet little town of Cotacachi is well worth a visit. The small central plaza is charming, with young children racing around while their grandparents settle back for a little gossip with friends. A few blocks away, Calle 10 de Agosto is lined with shops selling the quality leather goods for which the
town is famous. The prices are amazingly low.
Residents of Ecuador's most famous market town proudly retain many of their old customs, including their manner of dress. The women wear embroidered...