07/2016: One curious little piece of info that I just learned was what our Quichuen brick layer said about Atuntaqui’s drinking water. Not only does he like the water better in Atuntaqui than he does the water in his home of Cotacachi (he lives way up on the mountain), he said that it is actually a well known fact, that Atuntaqui has better drinking water. Wow, who knew!
Atuntaqui is a town known for its textiles and these textiles get shipped around the world. So, if one is looking to buy clothes, pajamas, sheets, blankets, socks, etc., this is a good place to browse the many shops.
In Andrade Marin, on the other side of the Panamericana Highway (just called the Pana here) the La Fábrica Museo is an enjoyable place to visit. The Museum has been totally refurbished and is also home to a convention center/concert hall that seats around 400.
And now there is a tourist train that takes people from Otavalo (which is only 15-20 minutes south by car or bus) to Salinas de Ibarra, with a short stop in Atuntaqui (Andrade Marin) at the newly refurbished train station.
On October 2, 2015 we got to hear the Quito Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra perform right here in Atuntaqui at La Fabrica in their convention center on the museum grounds. The Quito Symphony performed here last year as well. And now we have heard that there may be a concert of some kind each month. A quartet is scheduled to perform in the next few weeks. The best part is, it’s all free!
Atuntaqui is also known for it’s pork fritadas. There are the popular restaurants — Fritadas Amazones and Mama Miche –to try out those tasty cubes of boiled, then deep fried pork, however, fritadas can be found at many other establishments.
In the main park each Sunday at 4 pm, there is an hour long free concert. We have enjoyed a few ourselves.