What town are we in? Oh yeah, Cotacachi, right?
Trip Start Nov 29, 2010
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The bus rides down here were long but beautiful. Southern Colombia
and northern Ecuador have similar Andean landscapes with farmland
everywhere. As gasoline is
produced in Ecuador, gas prices are about $1 USD per gallon. Ecuador
deals in USD & gallons. Buses run about $1/hour.
Arriving at a clean, big room in a nice hostal with nice kitchen was a welcome change for Yuli and me after staying in a not so nice place that had a funny odor in Ipiales
The next day Yuli & I walked around the Quicocha Lagoon just outside of town. A good 5 hour walk and a 5 minute ride in the back of a speeding pick up truck in the rain got us around the loop. Weather changed from cold to hot, windy to calm, sunny to rainy, and from foggy to clear over the course of the hike. It was a great day with some adventure (losing the trail and bushwacking a bit). The lagoon is the inside of a dormant volcano, and has 2 large islands inside of it. I was interested by the change in flora seen between here and everything north I had seen so far.
Have a look at some more pretty pictures of Cotacachi and plantlife.