Monthly Archives: October 2012

Back on ‘Nanna’

Our return toward Guayaquil, at night. It was interrumpted when after 4 hours the alternator of the bus broke down. We waited 4 hours and half for another bus to get us. We were please enough, so we did not … Continue reading

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The Valley of Eternal Youth

Loja is another city, at 2500 meters, on the south road toward Peru. It is more lively than Cuenca. The old colonial town is not as famous but it is full of life and buzzling. And of course… a splendid … Continue reading

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The heart of Pacha Mama

The heart of Pacha Mama (mother earth) A road which brought us goosepumps because of a driver with an heavy foot led us to Saraguro down steep valleys and canyons with hairpins turns which gave us vertigo. Saraguro, another tiny … Continue reading

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Cuenca – the City of the Hat

Cuenca, the ancient Tomebamba of the Inca which was said to rivalize in splendor the ancient Cusco retains only from its past some walls newly escavated. The secret about its supposed splendour is kept because the spanish found only ruins … Continue reading

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Inca impact

Ingapirca, is an important site because the only one from the Inca empire in this country and also the site of the Cañaris indians who were vanquished by the Incas. Those, through marriage got the tribe assimilated, but it went … Continue reading

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At the Giant’s foot

We climbed and climbed along the side of the titanic Chamborazo, 6267 meters above sea level.. The vegetation disapeared, we are in the Arenal, a zone of ashes and scories, of sand and moon-like views. We saw a lot of … Continue reading

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The Wedding

An other indigenous village drew our attention : Salasaca in the central valley south of Baños. The Sunday craft market is interesting it is said and its people too. The Sacasala are descendants of Aymara indians of Bolivia deported here … Continue reading

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The Kingdom of the ‘Little Hell’

We continued our trail toward Baños, a little city with thermal springs which is the place to go for some of the city dwellers of Quito who likes to come and rest for the week-end. We left our eagle nest … Continue reading

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The Kingdom of the Volcanos

It was with sadness that we left our little paradise at 3800m. But there were more to see. We woke up at 5 in the morning to catch the bus at 5.40 which took us on a magnificent road across … Continue reading

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Into the Heart of the Páramo

We had the choice… because ”who wants to go far….takes care of his wallet”..We chose the lowest budget hôtels proposed by the guide Lonely Planet, or the one we found ourselves taking back streets.. An average of 12 $ for … Continue reading

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