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Volcanoes and That

Latacunga and the Quilotoa loop

After a long journey from the coast up to the Andes, we arrived in Latacunga at 4 o clock in the morning, in the middle of the cold and rain. After searching for a hosel for ages (no-one likes to answer their doors at 4 in the morning) we found one and spent the day sleeping.

Not all fun and games on the road

Not all fun and games on the road

Next day we headed off to some indiginous villages around Latacunga and ended up at the Quilotoa crater; a big green lagoon in the middle of a volcanic crater. It looked really good, but the weather was drizzly and there were a lot of clouds obscuring the view, so we made plans to walk all the way round it the next day and went to sleep in a very cold bed (luckily our room had a wood burner in it, but it went out in the middle of the night) in a nearby hostel.
Early in the morning we got up to do the walk- the clouds had all gone and there were awesome views of the surrounding snow-capped volcanoes.

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We followed a sign that supposedly led to the trail around the rim, but after walking an hour and finding ourselves halfway down the crater in an abandoned field realized that the sign was a dirty liar, and we had clearly gone the wrong way.

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The hike back out of the crater was a killer, all uphill and the altitude made it hard work. When we got out of the crater we found the actual route around the crater but after an hour or so of walking had had enough, so spent a while dicking around taking silly photos and headed back to the trail head.

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We had planned to take a series of busses all the way around the Quilotoa circuit of indiginous villages, but figured we didnt have a lot of time, and we had seen the highlight (the volcano crater) so got a bus back to Latacunga where we headed straight on to BaƱos.

Posted by St Martins 14:46 Archived in Ecuador Tagged backpacking

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