Breathtaking hike in Quilotoa

Trip Start Jan 23, 2011
Trip End Ongoing

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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Back in Quito after the jungle we found doing laundry and surfing the internet quite enjoyable and spent a whole day at Mariaīs cousin Paolas doing just that.
We had an awsome dinner at a nice restaurant in Quito that night with Marias cousins.

Dinner for 6 at a nice restaurant with 2 karafes of wine and appetizers = $60 , Priceless!

Considering that Ken and I had shared a bottle of some strange daiquiri mix that had serious sting in it at Paolas apartment before dinner and add to it the big meal, wine and lack of sleep in the jungle I was ready to go back to Paolas and sleep. But Maria had other plans...

"Bitch get your dress on"

Thats now an internal joke that I started in the jungle and it means that no matter what you have to get up and go, so when Maria pulled that card out I had no choice but to come with her to meet up with her Ecuadorian friends who celebrated a birthday at a trendy Quito restaurant. And in hindsight Iīm so happy I did, or I would have missed out on one of the funnest nights I have had in a while.

Marias friends were all cute, spoke great English and very hospitable on the drinks and after some drinks at the restaurant we headed to a hot Quito nightclub.

"I feel so special"

Kenīs comment on all the free drinks that were coming our way. The Ecuadorian hospitality reached new heights this evening and we were bombarded with free drinks galore. Me, Maria AND Ken. Quite the experience for Ken... I forgot how much I love to dance to Spanish music and we danced til the lights turned on naturally, such an awesome evening! Tired who?

Our next journey was to a stunning blue volcano crater lake at 13,000 Feet called Quilotoa. We took a 2.5 hr bus to a nearby town and as we got on the bus Ken told me our bags were stored together with a large can of gasoline missing a lid and at every bump we cringed, but the bags somehow survived. We spent the night in a hostel and the next day started our hike to get to the Volcano. First we had to get a bone-rattling 2 hr busride up the mountains that at times I didnīt think I would survive it. After that ride we hired a guy to drive us up in a little truck another half hour up the mountain. This crater lake sure was worth the trip, stunning scenery that reminded me why I love to travel so much.

We hiked down to the lake and then back up. The uphill was quite the stuggle as we were at 13,000 F and a 400 m vertical ascent. I was so out of breath the whole time that I couldnīt have uttered a word if I tried to. But we made it up and had a lovely $3 meal that consisted of a veggie and potato soup, grilled chicken, rice, vegetables, french fries and a cup of tea. Canīt beat that, and the fries some of the best I have ever had.

"Howīs the oxy?"

So I had brought my oxycodon pain killers on the hike in case of a little back mishap, and Ken and I decided to pop a couple to make the scary bus ride back to the main town a little more "relaxed". And it worked like a charm! With the oxy and a yummy lollipop I didnīt have a care in the world despite screaming pooping babies behind us and sharp turns up and down narrow mountain roads. Later that night we arrived in Mariaīs hometown of Riobamba for some more Ecuadorian hospitality at her Aunt Gladyīs house.

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Alicia on

I love your stories Angelica!!! Sounds like you're having a great time. Cant wait to hear more - love you!!!

angelicaglobe on

Thanks Alicia! Love you too..Yes fab time, just wait for the next one, should be good as we are living with the nuns now..haha!

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