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  • Day44

    Cotopaxi

    November 20, 2018 in Ecuador ⋅ 🌧 9 °C

    At our second day in Quito, we decided to become active again. We made a tour with „CARPEdm“ and climb the second highest volcano in Ecuador: Cotopaxi.
    Starting early in the morning, we went to the National Park by car.
    Then the 1,5h hike to the lower glacier started. Luckily we had a guides making sure, that everyone could handle the altitude and which motivated us to walk in a steady pace. At a base camp at 4,800m, we could drink some coca tea.
    After that, we continued to hike and reached the glacier at an altitude of 5,100m. You could really tell that the air was thin, but cristal clear. In some lucky moments, the clouds moved a little and we had a nice view of Cotopaxi and its summit. (We unfortunately didn’t make it to the top, since it requires more time, better acclimatization and some experience with ice pickles.)
    Afterwards we made our way back to the parking lot and had the possibility to drive downhill with a mountain bike. Although being a little painful because of the bumpy dirt road, it was great fun!
    Our way home by car was than a little longer than expected: farmers blocked the highway back to Quito to protest for a better price for milk. And although it took us five hours more to get back, we are happy, that they seemed successful with their blockage.
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  • Day43

    Quito

    November 19, 2018 in Ecuador ⋅ 🌧 19 °C

    Surviving our 26151818 overnight bus ride (a little exaggeration, I know, but it feels like that!) we arrived in Quito in the early morning at 5 am.
    After a short sleep in our super clean hostel, we woke up to enjoy a city with an over 500-years old historic center, that an UNESCO world heritage site.
    We were taking a Free Walking Tour and learned a little about the cultures that influenced the city. Did you know Ecuador has 81 vulcanos? Us neither.
    There are plenty of plazas, churches (with lots of gold) and nice narrow streets with sweet restaurants.
    We were visiting the local „Mercado central“ and searched for the one vegetarian dish (a soup) they were offering.
    And what’s the best? Ecuador has such nice chocolate. We went into a shop and could try crazy combinations (e.g. with Yucca, a Kind of potato) and it all tasted awesome!
    The last day, we climbed up the Basilica (one of the three biggest gothic churches in the world) and enjoyed a fabulous view.
    In the end we can say, that although we met many Travellers that were a victim of pickpocketing on their way to Quito and the weather was crazy (icy rain and thunder every afternoon) we enjoyed it a lot and wished we could stay 1 or 2 days longer.
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  • Day41

    Los Frailes

    November 17, 2018 in Ecuador ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    The second trip we made during our stay in Ayampe was a visit of the beaches „Los Frailes“.
    Just a short bus drive from Puerto Lopez away, there was an 1,5 hour hike to see 3 beautiful beaches. All were breathtaking and we didn’t even have the best weather! Nevertheless, swimming was only allowed at „Los Frailes“, since there is some serious current at the other beaches.Read more

  • Day40

    Isla de la Plata

    November 16, 2018 in Ecuador ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    From Ayampe, our refugium on the coast, it was a 20-minutes collectivo (shared taxi) ride to Puerto Lopez, the starting point of two tours we did.
    The first one was „Isla de la Plata“ (aka Silver Island) or also known as the Galapagos for the poor. Like us. Haha.
    After an 1h boat ride, we arrived.
    The island was not as green as expected, but still with a beautiful coastline. We saw lizards, small snakes and most of all: boobies (that’s their real name!).
    Those funny birds with incredibly blue feet were everywhere!
    After a small hike to see them, we did some snorkeling and it was amazing. So many colorful and big fish, mantas and corals.
    The Galapagos for the poor was totally worth a visit!
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  • Day39

    Cooking Class im Ayampe

    November 15, 2018 in Ecuador ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    One of the activities offered in our beloved guesthouse VistaMar was a cooking class with chef Fernando.
    Fernando was a lovely and calm man from Jipijapa, who has a truck full of vegetables and fruits, with which he drives to Ayampe everyday. All the ingredients of our cooked meal were organic and out of his truck!
    Although he spoke little English and my Spanish still isn’t the best, we had such a fun time!

    We made „Ceviche de camarón“ and were thrilled how to cook such a classic of the south american cuisine. It was after a recipe of Fernando himself and boy... it tasted Devine!
    As a second dish we made „Corviche de Camarón“, a plate made of platanos (sort of bananas), which are formed to sausages and include a shrimp hidden inside.
    We cooked so much, we could share with the other guests and had even leftovers for the next day.
    We are very proud that we can now cook to traditional dishes of Ecuador and looking forward to cook both plates in Germany for our families and friends.
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  • Day38

    Montañita & Ayampe

    November 14, 2018 in Ecuador ⋅ ☁️ 22 °C

    So we finally crossed the border to Ecuador after spending almost five weeks in Peru.
    And as I said before, Beni and I were in beach-mode. So we decided to skip Guayaquil and just head directly to the coast and Montañita.
    Known as a party and surf town, Montañita was fulfilling exactly those expectations. Lots of clubs and neon, but also a really nice beach with nice waves.
    We spent some nice time there, strolling through the streets and shops, drinking delicious coffee and surfing a little. We skipped the parties and had a „Sinner Season 2“ Netflix marathon during the nights and were perfectly happy with it.

    Our next stop was Ayampe, a small (really small!) village 30-minutes-away from Montañita. And what can I say? We found our favorite place in Ecuador.
    We planned on staying one night and ended up spending four and skipping the rest of our plans for the shore.
    The small village provided all that you needed: the best waves and boards so far, a lovely yoga studio with delicious muffins nearby, small shops with fresh fruit, plenty of delicious restaurants and the most lovely guesthouse (Vistamar). We didn’t want to leave!
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