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Travel Blogs from Banos
We left Riobamba after breakfast on Sunday still not having been able to see Chimborazo. That's mountains for you!
It was a pleasant 2 hour bus journey DOWN to Banos which is situated at just 1800m. We wondered if we were doing the right thing. The volcano Tungurahua, at whose base the town sits, has been very active recently and the …
... on the back of it haha. One observation about Ecuador is everyone here drives like ****. Everyone speeds, no one wears seatbelts, people park and overtake on blind corners, children sit on their parents laps while they are driving, they overflow the cars (largest count at 11 people in a 5 person car) This afternoon we booked a chiva bus (party bus) to go to a spot overlooking Banos. When the bus picked us up we were met by a group of people who were out for ...
... active volcanoes. Since 2000, a new lava dome has been growing in its summit crater. Tungurahua's activity has been characterized by frequent powerful ash explosions, producing ash plumes of several kilometers in height as well as dangerous pyroclastic flows. The most recent major activity and evacuation was in 2006.
We could not stop laughing at ourselves...we found NOT what we were looking for, but met many friendly people along the way and saw ...
... nice and we managed to book a double room with an ensuite. Over the 5 days we were there we hired a go-cart type thing and drive about 20kn out to see some waterfalls along the riverside, we went horse riding up to the base of the volcano ( which we couldn't see due to the cloud) and we hired a quad and drove up a mountain beside the volcano to see if we could get above the clouds to get a better view but again we couldn't see it! ...
... lawyers before arriving back in Cuenca and so the next day had a meeting to complete whatever final paperwork was necessary before sending off our applications for residency. Grace and Nelson checked everything, asked questions where necessary and, having obtained photos, last minute documentation showing payment of tax on our property, we were all set to send our application to Quito. Then we had to wait ...
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- Wheelchair accessibility