Hotel Oro del Mar I
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... beyond having the will to venture out for food and couldn't be bothered attempting a dial in pizza which would have come with its own challenges no doubt. Checked out, and for the first and only time in central and south america had to pay for the wifi access. Boo.
Found the local market which normally would be a great place to get a cheap, tasty, fulfilling desayuno (breakfast). So after being enthusiastically welcomed by a portly, friendly looking middle ...
... know how rowdy it is in the morning.
I got off and people directed me to the main square. It was absolutely overwhelming. It was loud and dirty, but so interesting to see all these people trying to sell their fruit, traditional clothes, piglets, sheep, fish, fritadas and juices. I would estimate that 95% of the people were indigenous, coming from various villages with different very colorful attires. As a blonde girl ...
... and designed on the typical interior courtyard plan. The courtyard at La Cienega is very large indicating the overall size of the building. It would be interesting to get lost wandering it's hallways. After lunch and the now familiar concert (guitars, pan pipes and drum- I buy the CD), Gonzalo leads us around the hallways of the mail floor, stopping in rooms that are very cold. The thick stone might be good for fending off earthquakes and invading armies, but not a great idea ...
... rooms which were good value. The simply furnished en-suite rooms are of a good size and offer decent beds/mattresses and cable TV. Their rates including a simple breakfast were 15 & 26 dollars for 1 or 2 persons. The quieter rooms towards the back don’t have TV and you may be able to get these for less if you ask.
... the mountain which catches all the rain clouds from the Pacific. Even a steep climb up to the El Indio mirador failed to yield a sighting.
Cutting our losses, we took a bus the next day to Riobamba. The journey gave us our best sightings so far (see pictures taken from bus).
Four days in Riobamba, the town allegedly laid out to afford the best views of the mountain, have yielded ...
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