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Baños

Cycling from the Andes to the Amazon

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Baños is a super touristy but nice town right under the active, smoke spewing Volcan Tungurahua.

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It keeps getting evacuated because the volcano looks like it might go all Vesuvius on their ass, but its safe at the moment so we spent a few nights in town. The town was nice with waterfalls all over the place and a pretty nice climate, one day we went up to this bridge with a good view of the town, where we found a bit of rope tied to the railings (im not lying- it was rope), and a guy stood there offering to tie us to the other end of the rope and chuck us off. Apparently its called bridging. No thankyou.
Anyway while in town we thought we´d hire a bike and ride downhill from the Andes to the jungle town of Puyo in the Amazon. The 60km journey took us all day, and actually featured a lot more uphill cycling than we had been anticipating, but it was worth it because of some awesome views of the Amazon basin on the way down.

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There were actually some pretty hairy drops as well on the way where you could see little crosses with gringo-sounding names on, but we were too sensible to go falling off any cliffs. Halfway through we got off our bikes for a short trek to see a big waterfall called the Paillon del Diablo, which was really impressive- despite having been to Iguazu! What was cool was that you could climb through some caves to get to a little area behind the waterfall.

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Which was nice and wet. When we arrived, knackered in Puyo, we had some food and some cold drinks with a guy who we knew from Iquitos and had bumped into along the way, then got the bus all the way back up the hill to Baños.

The next day we headed to Riobamba to do some train ride called the Nariz del Diablo, but apparently they stopped doing it because tourists kept sitting on the roof and getting their heads lopped off or something. Whatever, we werent fussed and made our way to Quito past loads of wicked looking volcanoes including Chimborazo (the highest point from the center of the earth) and Cotopaxi. Which is a Mars Volta song.

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Posted by St Martins 15:47 Archived in Ecuador Tagged bicycle

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