Ecuador
Chucchilán

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11 travelers at this place:

  • Day620

    Quilotoa Loop

    January 26, 2018 in Ecuador ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Once we got out of Latacunga (after closed roads with no diversions), the drive up into the hills was stunning. We peaked at a 4,000m pass and the views on the far side were even better. We stopped for lunch at the saddle but it was so windy the van was rocking like we were in a sail boat!

    We stopped in a small village where a distinctive style of painting originated, and picked up a couple more great souvenirs. It's funny how we don't buy anything for ages, then seem to buy lots in a short space of time.

    We then drove a couple more hours down to a hostel on the far side of the famous Quilotoa Loop and met Ben, a fellow brit. This was most fortuitous as Jo mentioned I was looking for someone to climb Cotopaxi with, and Ben said so was he. I was lucky to find someone equally crazy (see photo) and it saved us both over $150 :)

    To continue with our training the next day we walked from the hostel up to the Quilotoa Lake. This itself was no mean feat as it was a long way and about 700m up. When you consider the near sheer walled 200m deep canyon we also had to transverse it made it much more of hike. On top of that we also walked half of the lake circuit to get to the small town. It was pretty blowy at the top and we thought the route along the ridge was a bit too up and down for our liking, but what looked like an easier route was anything but and we were all knackered by the end of the 7+ hour hike. We haggled a taxi down to the half the price and zoomed back to the hostel to pick up Elvis, then drove back to Latacunga to book ourselves in for the Cotopaxi climb.
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  • Day7

    Quilotoa Loop Day 2 || Chugchilán, Ecuad

    April 16, 2018 in Ecuador ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    Incredible scenery, creating an alternative route and the worst lunch in history.

    Day 2 of the Quilotoa Loop got off to a much easier start considering the path continued on right next to our hostel. Unfortunately we struck a bit of rain to begin the day but at least it meant the others could put their newly purchased ponchos to good use!

    Before long the sun was back and we found ourselves getting a bit lost again, but the locals around here seem to be used to this. One little lady shouted at the top of her lungs across one of the valleys to us, even though we couldn’t distinguish what she was saying nor could we see which way she was pointing. Bless. Ultimately we must have picked the right direction because she walked off as if her job was done. We were still using a combination of our directions from the hostel back in Latacunga and an app called maps.me which lets you look at maps offline. Somehow the boys led us off on our own route for most of the day but it was probably more stunning than where we were supposed to walk. Of course they disguised this for the best part of the day, much to their amusement and then ours once we figured it out. On the plus side it meant we had the path to ourselves.

    Eventually we met up with the normal path at one of the miradors (lookout) and found a few worried faces from people we’d met at the hostel the night before. We quickly reassured them our different route was somewhat planned as they thought we’d become completely lost. The rest of the day’s path was mainly uphill, punctuated by a cute wee donkey who jumped off the hillside to say hello and then lastly we walked on the main road to the village of Chugchilán.

    Chugchilán was a bizarre little place, almost a little ghost village. You could literally see the whole place within about 5 minutes walking, if that. Blink and you miss it sort of vibe. The hostel we had in mind had space when we got there and again included dinner and breakfast for a mere $15USD.

    We’d arrived around 2-3pm without having had lunch so opted to eat at our hostel given there didn’t seem to be many (if any) other options of places to eat in the town. We made the mistake of letting the staff loose on giving us the “Menu del día” without clarifying exactly what this would actually be. Usually this involves a soup, a main course and a dessert. Cue the worst soup one could ever imagine. Think pasta boiled for about three days, a hard boiled egg and chicken pieces. It was horrendous to say the least and it still gives me shivers to think about. Subsequently none of us ate much of this and then were left speechless when the owner came to take our bowls away and asked why we hadn’t eaten it. Awkward. Courses two and three were a little better but definitely not good enough to stop Bronte and I venturing off to find an ice cream to fill the void!

    A pretty lazy afternoon followed considering there wasn’t a massive amount to do and as soon as the sun disappeared it was pretty cold as we were still at 3200m altitude. Hammocks and reading kept us busy until dinner, which was thankfully much better than lunch. Another early night before we’re back pounding the pavement for day three!
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  • Day32

    Chucchilan

    July 1, 2016 in Ecuador ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    Riding (!) at an altitude of above 4000m a.s.l. along the ridge on a narrow path above Lake Quilotoa, an impressive defunct volcano, is a unique experience. It's my first time on horseback, though, and the beginning of my ride isn't very promising, as I'm rather overwhelmed and paralyzed by the whole thing at first. My guide, Bernardo, does a good job, however, and I start to relax after a while - but I still shudder at the memory of the narrow, uneven pathways we trod. The overwhelming beauty and the peace and quiet easily made up for that - and for the sores I felt after the 5-hour ride.
    'Cloud Forest' Hostal is one of the more basic accommodations on this trip. Their breakfast, however, is delightfully rich and, also thanks to Vanessa, my bubbly and sociable teacher, we have some animated conversations with backpackers from all over - meeting so many different people is one of the beauties of this trip as a whole, I'm sure.
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