Otavalo is famous for its indigenous alpaca wool and crafts market. We were looking for something else, however.
Thanks to some very helpful friends we were able to drive to container yards just outside the town. From there, we picked up the container that is going to form the main part of our house.
We went to two places, the guy in the first place seemed frankly unhelpful and more or less unwilling to sell to us. Unimpressed, we left quickly.
The second place was much more fruitful, with a larger selection of containers. Despite the relatively large selection, many of them were outside our budget (<$1000). These seemed very pricey – apparently they were being sold on behalf of other people and the yard boss didn’t actually own them, he was only receiving a commission. It seemed to effectively double the price. After a bit of searching, we found this for $500. We got him down to $450. It was apparently cheaper because the guy actually owned it. Not sure how the other ones are going to sell because they were a little nicer, but not worth twice the price.
The price included a heavy duty tarp cover and some re-work of the sections of the floor that had seen their last days. Another $105 for delivery.
All in all not a bad days work.
If we had left the yard without finding something, it would have been pretty disappointing. So the build has officially kicked off!
On two separate occasions today we were overtaken by a car which was in turn being overtaken itself. I forgot about the driving here. The drivers and the landscape itself are quite a cocktail.