22
Mar
2004
James

Baños de Ambato, Ecuador

The other cool thing about Baños is that the name of the town literally means “baths” in Spanish, and indeed there were thermal baths in town. Popular among the locals and internation travelers alike, the facilities open at 4:30 am and are crowded by 7 am.

Today we got up and moving after a crappy night in a crappy bed. We couldn’t figure out how to get the hot water to work for the shower either… but later i realized that the propane tank hooked up to a water heater mechanism sitting right outside the bathroom might have something to do with that.

21
Mar
2004
James

Baños de Ambato, Ecuador (part 2)

We arrived in Baños de Ambato which is uniquely situated at the foot of Volcán Tungurahua in a steep and very long valley where Río Pastaza and a few others converge to connect the sierra to the selva (the mountains to the jungle). The place has really grown up around the tourist industry as a jumping off place for jungle tours, volcano viewing tours, rafting, canyoning, rock climbing, and mountaineering trips. There is a hostel on every corner, right next to the adventure tour agency, right next to the taffy store?? go figure.

20
Mar
2004
James

leaving Cotopaxi

After a night in Cotopaxi Reserve we hiked out half of the way and then when we had had enough, we tried to hitchhike the rest of the way back to the Panamerican Highway. My feet were pretty damn sore, this being the first time I had really put on my boots and did some long distance walking the whole trip. All the time at the coast i’ve been wearing sandals. We caught a ride with a nice family from Quito, driving a nice big comfy van. The whole family including mom, dad, 5 kids and grandma and grandpa had come to the Reserve for the afternoon to check out the views.

20
Mar
2004
James

Cotopaxi National Reserve

Well after running around Quito for a few days and changing plans more than a few times, we finally settled on one thing. We are determined to go to Cotopaxi (but the three day guided climbing trip would cost us $150 per person) so we opted to go it alone. Well we realized that climbing the snow and ice coverd volcano wouldnt be possible alone so we decided to just backpack around the park. We caught a bus out of Quito friday morning and made it to the park around noon.

16
Mar
2004
James

Mitad Del Mundo, Ecuador

Today we went to the Center of the World with some of the kiddies from the Hostel, Sean and Jeff, the New Zealanders and Seth and Becky from the UK. A 1.5 hour bus ride north of Quito, it was a fabulous tourist trap with all the makings to rip every last cent from your pocket. The center of the world was marked with a huge monument built with the help of the French about a hundred years ago.

15
Mar
2004
James

Quito, Ecuador

The 6 hour bus ride into the sierra of Ecuador was quite unbelievable. The first few hours we passed huge plantations where they were growing gigantic banana trees and other huge tropical plants i think to use their fibre and leaves for thatching roofs and things of that sort. Then we began to climb. The road was very narrow and the valley we were going up was very steep on both sides with thick green jungle on every side. It was amazing that the cliffs were covered with ferna at such a steep angle.

13
Mar
2004
James

Atacames, Ecuador

We left Canoa after a nice three days relaxing at the Posada de Daniel and headed further north to Atacames, a relatively more touristy beach town where all the quiteños (people from Quito) take vacation. Arrived pretty late and found a really shitty place right on the main beachfront strip (they call it malecón here, and each beach town has one). The beds lacked any kind of padding and I could feel the boards underneath supporting the mattress.

11
Mar
2004
James

Canoa, Ecuador

We left Cruzita pretty early in the morning and headed out towards Canoa, another chilled out surf town. We had to go inland a ways and then cross the Bahía de Caráquez in a small little wobbly canoe that felt like it would flip over at any second. The driver seemed to have this little crazy look in his eye. All the other people in the canoe were really interested in talking to this little (and i mean tiny) old lady who’s birthday is tomorrow and she was turning 90 years young.

10
Mar
2004
James

Cruzita, Ecuador

After leaving Puerto Lopez, we headed up the coast towards Cruzita passing through the large port town of Manta to take out some money from the Bank and we grabbed lunch there too. We had planned to go hangliding there from the cliffs over the ocean but when we got there around 5:30 pm there was no wind whatsoever. So we decided we`d camp on the beach and save a few bucks because the cheapest hotel was like 8 bucks per person (WAY TOO expensive here).

09
Mar
2004
James

Puerto Lopez

After a great time spent in the Surf Town of Montañita, we left sunday evening on the Ruta del Sol (Basically the north/south route along the coast of Ecuador) headed north towards Puerto Lopez. The town is on a nice large bay and the town is a popular tourist destination in the high season of June through September where boats usher tourists 40 km out to sea to the Isla de la Plata to see killer whales. The island is also called Galapagos for the Poor because you can go there for much cheaper and see some exotic animals.

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