From there, we spent a day in Quito, before escaping the sprawling chaos of the capitol city for the more remote mountain town of Latatunga. Surrounded by active and inactive volcanoes, we got a few days of great trekking in. Next, we´re planning on checking out the thermal springs in Banos and possibly volunteering on a farm for a few days before heading to Peru.
It´s hard to believe the trip is already half over. Time certainly flies, except for during this morning´s endless and over crowded bus ride which found me paying a terrible price for the folly of ingesting some questionable food items for breakfast. I have been quite cavalier about eating just about everything up to this point, so I guess I deserved it. Lessons learned: south american busses require an empty stomach and little to no regard for personal safety or space.
|Colonial architecture is a trademark of Colombian towns|
|Picking up some steak for dinner|
|What looks funnier than a gringo walking around latin America in blue jeans, t shirt, and flip flops? A gringo walking around in blue jeans and native Ecuadorian clothing, of course.|
|All sorts of fruit and vegetables on offer at the market|
|View of Quito´s Basilica from our hostel|
|Hiking around the rim of a 12,000 + foot tall extint volcano|
|Getting our Indiana Jones on with some river crossings|
|A market speciality, extremely fresh (and grinning) roasted pork, cut and served to order|
|Unbeknownst to me, Ecuadorian dogs can fly|
|Despite being originally turned away for arriving after hours, a friendly security guard let Matt and I in to see the Natural History museam of Popayan, giving us a high speed personalized tour|
|The Santuario Las Lojas, just before the Colombian Ecuador border.|
|A small llama farmer´s shelter inside the volcano crater|