Hotel Sun Beach Salinas
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Le temps n'est pas terrible pour notre excursion à Cotopaxi, un des plus hauts volcans actifs du monde et nous ne sommes de toutes manières pas équipés pour le gravir. Le sommet est recouvert de neige et je n'ai seulement qu'une veste chaude mais ni gant ni écharpe, ni manteau. Nous avons donc décidé de partir plus au Sud vers Ambato et nous avons cherché un habitant qui pouvait nous accueillir ...
... with impossibly steep hills and roads connecting them. Every flat plateu has a town on it, and every hill face that isn't sheer is cultivated. No film this time, but the view sufficed!
Riobamba is quite quiet, and the majority of the busy'ness is locals going about their day which was nice to observe. One thing to mention is that here even I feel like a giant. Very few of the locals make it much past 5' 5. Another observation is that everybody ...
... the end of the uphill sections through the paramo and come to a crossroads from where it is all downhill through the villages. Edison warns us to go carefully through the villages, partly because the many dogs like to chase cyclists and partly because it is Sunday afternoon when most of the villagers will be busy getting drip ink on Chicha ( beer made by chewing corn, spitting it into a bucket, topping up with water and leaving it to ferment - sound nice? It certainly ...
... gloves and boots, our equipment itself was pretty heavy especially because i was carrying about 5 litres of water and powerades. Once we were kitted up we were off, outisde it was bloody cold and blowing a gale, all good a bit of motivation to move to get warm.
The start of the ascent was climbing up this volcanic gravel/rock (its an extinct volcano) stuff luckily there was a pretty well beaten out track so it was pretty straight forward. Then ...
... and showed us all the walls that made up the houses which are now long gone and can just be seen as long mounds of grass and scattered rocks. He also showed us a long tailed hummingbird which had taken up residence in the area and then took us to a natural spring where we filled our water bottles with fresh spring water before continuing on the ride. The last section was a long down hill ride through all the native farm lands where the locals farm dairy, sheep, ...