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March 2016

Days 571-578: Santiago’s Casa de Ciclista in Tumbaco is a mini paradise

QuickPeek: Rest days. Work. Craft. Cooking. Many cyclists. Chill.

During the days I stay for longer days in a place, I tend to write at the end of the hiatus. But this time, I have had a few updates to report and so I figured it might be a… Continue Reading →

Days 568-570: Made our way to the Capital city of Quito

QuickPeek: Walkabout. Resupply. City Life.

We made our way towards Quito, nearly 2 months since we passed by this city on our way into Ecuador. The day was gloomy with a bit of rain and we saw a touring cyclist braving it in the weather…. Continue Reading →

Days 566-567: Searching for the elusive little spots

QuickPeek: Cute village. Lovely Hike. Market day.

We finally decided to leave Banos. The place we had been staying at was fantastic, great kitchen, lovely hikes, etc., but the travel goes on eh. I’d like to think we explored some of the neighbourhoods of the National parks… Continue Reading →

Days 564-565: Rest day followed by a nice long hike

QuickPeek: Rest day. Hiking. Cooking.

Banos has numerous hikes around. They seem to be everywhere, one could pick a direction and a trail and keep going for days if needed. It had been fun hiking about here and the hostel we had found was pretty… Continue Reading →

Day 563: Waterfall hunting took us on a long boring walk

QuickPeek: Highway Walking. Hitch hiking. Beautiful Gorge.

Given the numerous trails around, we had many options to walk on today. Our hostel owner convinced us that the Ruta del Cascadas was well worth visiting and told us about a couple of side trails we might check out…. Continue Reading →

Day 562: Stunning hiking at Banos

QuickPeek: Hiking. Volcano views. Good Food.

Banos was a touristy place, a Very touristy place indeed. It was obvious with the number of ‘adventure’ sport tour companies all around town that there was a bit of a trap. Our hostel owner showed us a map with… Continue Reading →

Day 561: Making our way to banos

QuickPeek: Hitch hike. Bus ride. Sleeping near a Volcano.

Yesterday Victor mentioned that he was heading to a town called Riobamba. This was a town North and on our way and we figured it would be awesome to get moving. We have had a few stunning (and rainy) days… Continue Reading →

Day 560: The Andean trails are all over the place

QuickPeek: Hike. Rest.

Today was a brighter day and we figured we’d continue on exploring the neighborhood of Alausi on foot. There was a Sunday market and we went into town for a bit to check out the colors and smells of fresh… Continue Reading →

Day 559: Another short hike near Alausi

QuickPeek: Hike. Sun. Cooking.

After the hike and huge meal, we slept like a log. Even Rocky slept like a rock and his snore was loud enough to be heard from across the yard. Ja ja. We had a slow start in the morning… Continue Reading →

Day 558: Hiking the Nariz del Diablo

QuickPeek: Rain. Long Hike. Dog walking. Cooking.

Nariz del Diablo, the devil’s nose, is the popular bit of tourism around these parts. Alausi turned out to be a hub for tourists visiting here to take a train ride up to the nearby town. The train was special,… Continue Reading →

Day 557: Hanging out in rainy Alausi

QuickPeek: Market Day. Mending the bag. Craft.

We woke up to some beautiful views at the Killa Wasi hostel. The region was generally shrouded in fog and the mountains were wonderful to look at whenever the mist cleared for a bit. After the long series of buses,… Continue Reading →

Day 556: Many bus rides to get around the hills

QuickPeek: Bus Ride. Groovy hostel.

We decided to start from Cuenca today and after a bit of thinking about, decided the destination for the day would be a small village called Alausi. We picked the spot because there was possibility for some good hikes, and… Continue Reading →

Day 556: Day off in Cuenca

QuickPeek: Rest. Relax.

After the long hike in the mountains, we decided to take an easy day. Most of the day we spent finding some good food and walking about town. I had a couple of things to look for and managed to… Continue Reading →

Day 555: The Andes are Stunning – Hiking in Cajas

QuickPeek: Cajas! Great Hike. Rain. Wind.

So today was going to be a hiking day. One of the main reasons to come up to Cuenca was its proximity to the Cajas National Park. I had heard a bit about the place and a little research pointed… Continue Reading →

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