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South America » Ecuador » Centre » Chimborazo October 10th 2014

I awoke with the sun, in a small but comfortable room with a concrete floor and a bamboo roof, covered thankfully by a corrugated metal roof. It had rained some during the night, but I says totally unaware, except perhaps in my dreams. I had slept "como un tronco", like a tree trunk, the Spanish equivalent of like a log. The power was still off when I got out of bed, so I splashed some cold water on my face and spent the time until breakfast examining the status of my once lost but now found luggage. With the exception of a couple of things saturated with honey, everything else was intact. I rearranged my belongings, separating what remained of my clean clothes from those in need of a good cleaning, which consisted of items of ... read more

South America » Ecuador » Centre » Baños October 8th 2014

Last night's sleep in Baños was much better than the two previous night's. For one thing, the noise level within the hotel was not bad, and though the hotel was on the busy highway going from Baños to the Amazon basin, there was little traffic noise from the street. The hotel was like most Ecuadorian hotels in that it was a family run affair. The desk clerk was the nephew of the owner, had spent a number of years abroad, and spoke English well. He was also frustrated by the keyboard of the guest computer as well. After a nice breakfast of rolls, juice and coffee, I headed into town. So that I wouldn't have to lug my heavy backpack around all day, I thought I might find my next night's accommodation and see if I ... read more

South America » Ecuador » Centre » Baños October 7th 2014

Today I struck out for Banos, which should be spelled with the squiggly line over the N, but as luck would have it, the keyboard at the hotel in Banos, where Espanol is the native language, doesnt have it. I suppose I could search for a word with that silly n in it and copy and paste it everytime, but I´m too lazy for that. (its hard enough just figuring out all the other letter positions, let alone do anything fancy, so the reader will just have to indulge me and think N as in ONION when they see the name Banos spelled out). I had considered taking a taxi from the hotel to the central bus station in Quito that services the southern portion of the country, including the aforementioned improperly spelled Banos. So I ... read more

South America » Ecuador » Centre » Baños September 30th 2014

Knapp habe ich aufgrund eines Stundenschlafs im Bus den Ausstieg in Ambato verpasst, privat wurde ich dann zurück ans Terminal gefahren und konnte um 21:30 den letzten Bus nach Baños noch nehmen. 40 Minuten später befand ich mich in meinem Hostel, mit Blick auf den Vulkan Tungurahua, wäre er nicht hinter einer dicken Wolkenschicht. Am nächsten Tag unternahm ich sogleich eine Tour, die zu allen Wasserfällen der Region fährt, auch zum bekanntesten den Pailon del Diablo. Eindrücklich stürzt hier eine Wassermenge zu Boden, man kann sogar hinter diesen gewaltigen Wasserfall gehen. Weiter habe ich am Nachmittag Baños, das als Ausgangspunpkt für viele Wanderungen und Extremsportarten gilt, besichtigt. Schöne, kleine Pärke stehen wie auch viele Restaurants und Läden. Da nicht Hauptsaison ist, hatte es nicht besonders viele Touristen. Doch ich genoss die Atmosphäre des ruhigen Bañ... read more
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South America » Ecuador » Centre » Cotopaxi September 3rd 2014

After a year's hiatus I found myself once again working as driver/interpreter for a group of volunteers from the Denver/Boulder chapter of Engineers without Borders (EWB). This visit was the continuation of work on a potable water system project in Guantugloma, a village above Malingua Pamba where we were housed. On their last visit the engineers oversaw the construction of distribution tanks; now it was time to lay all the pvc pipes to 'connect the dots' and articulate the system. Since this group of volunteers (John, Daniela, Russ & Alejandro) all spoke Spanish quite well, my job was mostly driving. The roads are much better than they used to be, still unpaved but smoother and safer. I averaged 30-40 miles a day up and down the hill between the 'hostel' (at Paulino's house) and the various ... read more
Fabulous Grin!
Village Minga
Boy with Hoe

South America » Ecuador » Centre August 18th 2014

Hola Personas! This, along with the next few blovels, will be from around South America, but first a tiny backstory on how I'm even here. A year and a half ago I flew to Vail, Colorado to stay with a friend and ski. That friend had two Aussie friends visiting. I became friends with them and we stayed in contact via Facebook. Bec is one of those friends, with whom I'm now traveling! So…. small world in a way, crazy some may say, but either way... now we sit in Peru. We went back and forth on doing a tour, or by ourselves, or this and that, but essentially… we don't speak Spanish. In my opinion, it's extremely close to impossible to get around here without a large and very conversational Spanish vocabulary. Looking back, I ... read more
all packed and ready for an early start
houses on houses on houses
overlooking Quito on way to Equator

South America » Ecuador » Centre » Guaranda July 28th 2014

Après une petite semaine d'acclimatation à Quito, direction la province de Bolivar pour 3 jours de tourisme communautaire dans le village de Salinas (nommé comme on peut s'y attendre du fait de puits de sels naturels en périphérie du village, cf photos). Seb a eu un coup de foudre avec le fromage Andino, dès sa première venue en Équateur, il y a déjà 4 ans et demi. Ce fromage (le seul 'vrai 100 % équatorien ») est le produit phare de la coopérative Salinerito, de producteurs locaux situés au centre du pays, à 6 heures de route en bus de Quito. Le voyage a mal commencé. 'El gringo' s'est fait détroussé pendant son sommeil. Premier vol de Seb (pourtant prévenu), lors de son 3ème séjour... malgré la perte matérielle, on remercie le 'professionnalisme' du voleur qui ... read more
Ca ne s'arrange pas! Normal à plus de 3500 msnm
 Effet de style
 Notre crêche

South America » Ecuador » Centre » Riobamba July 26th 2014

So after Quito this was our pointless detour to Riobamba. After Quito we hoped to spend a couple of days in a nice mountain town whilst we planned a bit and caught up on some internet stuff. Unfortunately this was where not having a guidebook was a bad idea. We took out our Ecuador map which we received when we crossed the border from Colombia and looked for somewhere between Quito and the coast where we could hang out. Riobamaba was marked on our map as a historic town so after a brief internet search we decided to head there from Quito. There were lovely views of the snowy volcanoes on the bus ride and we got into Riobamba early afternoon. The bus station is on Epiclachima and Leon Borja. We had looked up a couple ... read more

South America » Ecuador » Centre » Cotopaxi July 15th 2014

morgendlich kühles licht weckt uns durch das große fenster. wieder wogen grasfelder unter feuchtem wind. das unberechenbare ecuadorianische wetter reißt nur so an den wolken, wirft sie über die bergspitzen am horizont. ein letztes luxus-frühstück in dem wunderbaren, kamingeheizten, speisesaal. mit den urigen holzbalken in der rustikal weißen decke. mit glasflächen im dach. keine wände, nur fensterflächen, um keinen winkel des cotopaxi zu verpassen. in kleinen nischen stehen schwarze madonnen, jesu-kindlein. eispickel und hufeisen an den wenigen wänden. auch drinnen fühlt man sich wie in österreich. wie in einer schicken ski-hütte. der vormittag wird noch gemütlich in der höhe verbracht. mit einer kleinen jogging-einheit auf gut 3.600m. das geht allerdings nur mit rückenwind. und ohne steigung. alles andere ist “beuschl-reißer”! zurück in quito beziehen wir uns... read more
alpaca kitsch
this is latino america
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South America » Ecuador » Centre » Cotopaxi July 14th 2014

leider bleibt uns der aufstieg zum cotopaxi-summit verwehrt. zu windig ist es zu dieser jahreszeit und so müssen wir uns wohl mit der erklimmung des refugios auf 4.865m begnügen. ich muss ehrlich zugeben, das ist mir nicht allzu unrecht… meine zehen erholen sich zwar von ihrem chachani-martyrium, aber nur langsam. vier zehen links und zwei rechts sind schon wieder normal. anscheinend habe ich mir mit zu eng geschnürten bergschuhen die hautnerven beleidigt. jedenfalls macht mich das noch nicht 100% bergfit. mit unserem jefe de hacienda persönlich, paulo, einem langjährigen bergfex, der seine seven summit serie begonnen hat und reinhold messner auf du-und-du kennt, haben wir heute die ehre den cotopaxi trek zu gehen. nach einem erklärenden museumsbesuch erfolgt eine kurzakklimatisierung auf 3.800m mittels umrundung der laguna limpiopunga. wir lernen viel über flora und fauna,... read more
so bläst der wind
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el refugio




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