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... you are insanely fit, is 5,500 meters...or about 16,000ft! Let me tell you, the wind chill, elevation, and blinding sun nearly dissolved our skin, but we huffed and puffed enough to take a couple of pictures, and then we ran for cover.
The Big Mishap: Alausi. Marsha, Kalin, Marta and I showed up to Alausi planning to work on a farm--we had arranged with the owner, Victor, via the interwebz...but the first sign of trouble was evident when we showed ...
... the altitude, or both. Either way, it is and amazing feeling to have made it and the views are simply wonderful!
The return journey takes a mere 15 minutes and we are back at the lower refugio and Edison is setting up our bikes. Biking Spirit sensibly offers three options when it comes to routes back down the volcano depending upon experience and, I suppose, desire for an adrenaline rush. We choose the middle option of around 36 kms., of which 8kms. is on Tarmac ...
... was a bit cloudy and cool for that time of year so we only went to the beach once. However being this close to the equator, it is possible to get a tan when it is cloudy. It was interesting to see how the ex pats as they call themselves live in this resort environment. Living in Ecuador is very cheap and housing is not expensive. You can get an 2000 sq ft. condo on the waterfront for under $200,000.
We are preparing for the last leg of our journey, three days in Panama ...
... up riding uni-cycles and performed in a few circus acts, had a particularly good time ramping and bunnie-hopping anything in his path. At the bottom we had a quick stop for lunch, wiped the dust out of our eyes and then continued along a flat section at the base of the volcano where we saw more wild Vicuņas, crossed a few dry rivers and some small villages before we eventually came to some old Inca ruins. Here Gallo told us about how the people in the old Inca ...
After getting off the bus in Salasaka, we walked over to a bunch of pick-up trucks. Our instructions from the director of the school we wanted to volunteer at told us to ask a driver to take us to Pacha Mama (meaning Earth Mother), the house where the school volunteers stay. Caleb asked the first driver in Spanish if he knew where it was, but he didn't. We asked the next driver and he did know ...
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