This is the summary of another pretty amazing hike; around 8 am we left the view point at 3800 MSL and walked northward as per the instruction of this document. Once you reach the third and largest sand area, which take up to one hour to one hour and half, make your way down to the village. We didn’t and added 8 kilometers of walking plus a surprise you will discover later.
Once again here is a short recap of our days, in the village of Chugchilan, you have three sleeping options. The cheap run down dirty Cloud Hostal $15 with dinner and breakfast included, Mama Hilda $35 just next door which looks very well run and the Black Sheep hidden away in the forest for $100 we hope it’s good for that price. Evidently for those used to reading us, you guessed where we stayed, and let us add that it was the first time we had trouble sleeping when we saw the state of our bed sheets…
Nonetheless after a soundless sleep we set up again for a walk to the cheese factory. We had bought some bread and drink on our way out, for one of a kind picnic. Don’t worry; it is fantastic no need for more supplies just remember to take enough water for a 5 hour walk. If you are lucky you will be back in the comfort and warmth before the first drop of water, and warming up next to the fire.
When it is time to finally leave the village, few choices are available to you: A 3am or 4am bus back to Latacunga, yes you read it right AM, or if it is during the week you have a 6am, the one going to school in Sigchos from here you immediately transfer to another one for Latacunga. The 9.30am milk truck gets you to the same city but there is no bus until the afternoon though and nothing to visit in the mean time is what we read and saw. Once in Lacatunga we immediately jumped in a cab recovered our bags and made it to Banos via Ambato and two more buses.
You will be able to get an idea with the following pictures of the beauty of our surrounding, we just spent three days filled with breath taking views, Quilitoa loop was definitely up to its reputation.
You start at 3800 down to 2800 and back to 3200 normally if you follow the instruction, easier this way than the other.
Not always a walk in the park.
We knew we where not on the right track but had no idea of what was in stock for us.
At this point we have just found out that we were still 12km away..
Then the rain started and we needed to improvise a trail to cut corner.
And here is the surprise!
After 1 hour of walking we jumped in the back of a fruit delivery truck, a first for all involved. We paid him royally (but we were dry!) to bring us to Chugchilan.
By the road it’s one hour more on a fairly bumpy trail, the rain didn’t stop.
In the end, whatever price it still felt like a good idea now.
This is the next day on our way to the cloud forest look out and the cheese factory.
It has been established 32 years ago the best Emmental this side of the Alpes!
Picnic view, not a noise was to hear around.
Village school bus we were amazed at how piled in they were,
If only we had known! The next day was our turn almost a 100 people in a regular bus, needless to say we were a little tight.
Arrived in Banos.
With yet another visit of…
And boys will be boys no matter where we are in the world.