Black Sheep Inn

Trip Start Oct 27, 2007
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Trip End Jul 29, 2008


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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

After a long but spectacular journey from Latacunga to Chugchilan, arrived Monday afternoon. Dragged ourselves up the Innīs steep driveway a friendly welcome, just in time for a local dancing show from some girls who msut have been about 7-8 years old. Didnīt manage to get out of dancing, but was nice to see some local tradition. Felt a bit bleurgh after the journey, and missing Santa Martha, but a couple of bottles (not just cartons any more!) of Chilean white helped. As did the food which was delish, all organic vegetarian, local produce etc. Chatted a bit to Angelo, a spiritual and enthusiastic Canadian who was sharing our bunk house with us, and who invited us down to another hostel in the village to meet some other travellers he knew. Had another dance performance, then played some games with everyone (including Kings, thanks Rachael!).
Next day we had decided to do the hike from Laguna Quilotoa back to the Inn as we only had one day there. Normally takes 5 hours apparently...we did it in 3.5 with our 16 year-old local guide. Was amazing, so glad we did it, but hadnīt acclimatised so suffered quite a bit climbing out of the canyon (Iīll try and put more pics up soon, īfraid itīs time-consuming). Just couldnīt breathe in enough oxygen when climbing, though as soon as I stopped recovered quickly. Not even too achey today, though sauna and hot-tub were very welcome last night and probably helped.
Got up at 3.30am to catch the 4am direc bus to Latacunga this morning, which didnīt even turn up so we had to wait till 5.10am in the freezing cold (that was a shock after the jungle!) and then change at Zumbuhua for Latacunga, then from Latacunga to Quito. So have spent a lot of time on buses today, but the scenery, espeically on the first bus as dawn broke over the sierra, was gorgeous. Was a bit worried at first about our bags being stuck on the roof of the bus, but realised as they hoisted half a farmyard up there (live pigs, sheep...) that everything was well attached. One of the most uncomfortable ride of my life, but thatīs travelling I guess, and I wouldnīt swap it for anything at the moment!
Just realised that I havenīt explained why we went to Black Sheep Inn (despite being near the gorgoues Laguna Quilotoa). Itīs apparently on of the best eco-lodges in the world-everythingīs recycled, water is obtained from rainwater, local streams etc. and only bio-degradable productes (eg soap) are used so the water is used to water plants which have beds in the same room as the dry composting toilets. Energy is hydro-electric, everything sourced renewably, locally etc. Was very impressed. And food and sauna were amazing!
Anyway, in Quito now for a few days. Love to all.
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