Hotel Francisco II
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... way to the runway. I guess everyone had checked in already and that's why they went early, but a very pleasant surprise to leave on a flight early instead of late for a change.
Having landed at Guayaquil and collected our bags we walked out the airport, and as we were slightly less bloated at this point, we walked from the airport to the bus station. We kind of knew where we were going, at least the general direction, and ...
... was not great to go to Cotopaxi, one of the highest active volcanoes in the world and we are not well-equipped anyway. The summit is covered with snow and I have only a warm jacket but neither gloves or scarf or coat so we decided to go further south to Ambato and looked for a local person who could accomodate us through couchsurfing website. A young 23 year old Ecuadorian kindly accepted. We met him at a basketball game, we ...
... 8211; oops – I hope the old bird wasn’t offended!
Even Riobamba, being a quite nice colonial city in a valley
surrounded by volcanos, has very few tourists. Most people who visit the lake
are locals who stop at the family friendly tourist spot near the church or come
by train when it’s running!
The church is lovely, with reed lined roof and nice carvings
in the stone.
While waiting for the bus ...
... day to see the "male performance" which consists of hoards of men drinking aguardiente, chanting, stomping, and showing off their costumes. The groups represent different cities in the region, and thus, drunken fights often break out--but we felt no concern, for there were throngs of police officers in full riot gear ready to tear gas the dissidents at any moment. We heard from the locals that the next day was the women´s day, which consisted of smiling ...
... too. It was a long walk down the mountain, the guide showed me how i could just scoot down on my **** using the ice pick to sort of control my decent which was prefect cause legs weren't working.
Once we got down past the ice, the fun started, no more sliding, me just taking ages to get down. The guys went back ahead of me, which was a real kick in the balls, i thought my fitness was ok, but obviously not.
Anyway i made it down ...