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    Baños

    April 28 in Ecuador ⋅ ☁️ 15 °C

    Incredible time with my two backpacker buddies, Alyssa and Anna. Dancing, puenting, drinking, laughing and definitely enjoying life to the fullest.

    Bungee jumping >>> Super adrenaline rush

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    Chimborazo 🧗

    April 26 in Ecuador ⋅ ☁️ 2 °C

    Christian was supposed to lead me to the peak of Chimborazo. He belongs to the kind of young experiences extreme sport guides.

    The agency dropped us at the parking lot somewhere around 4900 meters above sea level. We then had a 2 hour ascent to the Campo Alto which lays at 5300m.s.n.m. Two guys helped to carry some mountaineering gear up to the Campo Alto where we then set up the tent. While the two helpers went back to Riobamba, Christian and I cooked some instant noodles and afterwards took a 5 hour rest.

    At midnight we got out of our warm sleeping bags into the boots mounted with crampons. Harness and rope were assembled and we started to hike direction summit.

    To a greater or lesser extent of 2 hours, we reached a steep passage. Christian pecked a hole into the snow and appraised the different layers. The entire time since we left the Camp I was breathing harder than ever before. The fact that I was exhausted and that he didn’t want to risk his life we decided to turn around and go back to the High-camp. He explained me in many different ways why we wouldn’t summit. I certainly started to annoy him with my permanent questioning and sure thing I could see it too, the snow layers were very fragile. A huge harder middle layer was the reason we couldn’t go further. Safety first, high risk of avalanches, too much fresh fallen snow on top of the old one layers.

    Fudging, fudging, fudging moment. I just burnt a half month budget at a two day Chimborazo trip, without summiting it. ¡Carajo!

    Maybe no new record made here. Bolivia - Huayna Potosí: 5646m.

    Ecuador - Chimborazo: 5644m...
    ...or 5687m according to one of my geo tagged photos. 🤗 Let’s go with the higher number.
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    Cuenca

    April 21 in Ecuador ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    If you’re into photography, then Cuenca will be a highlight for you. The city is super photogenic and is fun to walk around in, camera in hand.

    That’s what he said and undoubtedly it is one of the most beautiful cities I’ve visited in South America. Top notch public amenities and a high standard of living.Read more

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    Guayaquil

    April 19 in Ecuador ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    Citation of thebrokebackpacker:
    Guayaquil has a few things to keep backpackers busy. It is more of a stopover place than a destination. Though some of the best ceviche in Ecuador can be found at the tiny market stalls in the city center!
    Being it is a big city, budget accommodation options are everywhere.
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    Catarata Gocta

    April 15 in Peru ⋅ ☁️ 19 °C

    The Gocta Waterfall in Peru, is one of the tallest waterfalls in the world. This 771 m waterfall has just two drops, and the powerful free-fall from the second drop is among the tallest in the world.

    According to the World Waterfall Database, this soaring waterfall currently ranks 17th by overall height and 4th by tallest free-falling drop. The second drop free-falls an impressive 540 m.
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    Chachapoyas

    April 14 in Peru ⋅ ☁️ 18 °C

    What to do in Chachapoyas? Kuelap, the citadel of Chachapoyas – the “Machu Picchu of the North” The waterfall of Gocta. The waterfall of Yumbilla. Sarcophagi of Karajia. The cave of Quiocta. The Mausoleums of Revash. Visit the Museum of Leymebamba. A walk through the farmers market.

    I did two of them.
    - Fortaleza de Kuélap
    - Catarata Gocta
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