Looks like i lost blogs 7 & 8 so will redo from Malinguapamba (MP).
BANOS -- after my spanish classes i did quite a bit of hiking wanting to get ready for MP hiking and field work. Banos is lower than MP but similar steep country with centuries of agriculture in relative harmony with the landscape, that it, most of the ag is small (human) scale worked by hand with some amount of disking etc by small tractors. Soil is often quite rich and deep developed on colluvium and landslide deposits from metamorphic rocks (schist).
Lots of great examples of ag/fenceline best practices using plants to control slope, which is often MUCH more than 100%, 70-80 degrees and lots of vertical cuts. While most is green and well vegetated, when soils/rock give way the landslides/debris avelanches are spectacular!
Hola and welcome to the travel/monitoring blog for my February 2013 sabbatical trip to Malinguapamba (MP) in the highlands Ecuador south of Quito. The project area is in Cotopaxi Province, in the general area known as the “Cotopaxi Loop,” a popular trekking destination characterized by steep volcanic terrain, warm friendly people, and lots of chicken soup. Project coordinates are 00.82336° South and 78.86495° West at 3,300 to 3,800 meters (10,700 to 12,500 feet) elevation.
The core week of my trip was spent in and around MP (Blogs 9-20) studying local geology, ecology, and water-col... full info