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... of our hike took us around the edge of the crater, needless to say we had beautiful views of the lake for a few hours as we scrambled along the ridge. Eventually we left the ridge and walked down a dirt road, past many a cow and chocho (type of white bean) field. We passed a few other small towns and ended up on the top of a massive cliff which we had to descend and then climb back up the other
side of a mountain to reach our final destination, Hostel ...
... in Ecuador, and it was nice to take in the quiet villages, and their quiet, smiling inhabitants in distinct dress.
First stop: Otavalo. Unbeknownst to us, we stepped in to the fiestas of San Pedro in this indigenous city--I was awoken at 2AM our first night to a group of dancing, drinking, fiddle/guitar playing party goers spinning in circles down our street. Little did I know, this was just the beginning of the festivities. We went to a nearby town ...
... to make a delicious fresh fruit salad.
Deciding to tackle one of the mountains by us to hopefully get a good view, we set off for an uphill hike along the trail. Typically the clouds then moved in and it began pouring with rain. We made it about halfway up before deciding it was a fruitless task, we would only see cloud, and were soaked so headed back down again (which was very slippery!) After drying off we were able to cook some dinner and ...
... tea break we set off on foot to the Whymper refuge, which is where the mountaineers ascending to the peaks spend the night before their final ascent. We chat with the man that looks after the refuge who tells us that he spends two weeks at a time here looking after the place before going back home for a week at a time. A lonely existence in the quiet season!
We set off on the climb to the Whymper refuge, named after the English mountaineer who first ascended to the ...
... track thinned out where the rock was covered in ice, so it was super slippery, we persisted in this for a while but then the guide instructed us to put our crampons on, well he put them on for us, i had no idea how to and there was no chance i was taking my gloves off it was pretty cold and that wind would cause frost bite pretty quickly. Once we got our crampons on, i got a very brief lesson on how to walk in them correctly, pretty funny, a brief 1 ...
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- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Fitness/Health center