Getting Steamy!!

Trip Start Sep 04, 2010
Trip End Jul 31, 2011

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Friday, October 1, 2010

Well after our hike in the hills we thought a little rest and relaxation was in order. So we headed for Banos. A beautiful and bustling town that is deep in the heart of a valley and overlooked by the active volcano by which the town is on constant orange alert.
Upon arrival we were gretted with hot water (always a bonus) clean beds and plants in our room. Gareth quickly signed us up for the following mornings ´Turkish Bath´that the hostel offered and we went out for some beer and dinner with our equally tired fellow hikers.

Dinner at CASA HOOD was nothing short of fantastic - definately a recommedation and we were amused by the signs that were on display, in particular ... Ány unsupervised children will be given a double expresso and a free puppy´.

The next moring we went off for our Turkish bath where we were told to sit in a wooden box with only our heads poking out. Almost like we were waiting to lose them. After 10 minutes, the man who out us in the box loosened the lid and we had to wet ourselves with very cool water.. this process happened four times before we finally were immersed in the cold bath and sprayed down with a high powered hose. Sounds horrific but we felt amazing after and it sure beats an alarm clock!
This set us up for the most delicious breakfast I have had ... Gareth had eggs for the 35th day in a row, and powered us up for exploring the town. For a change, Gareth and I decided to hike up the hill - which I must say was described in the book as an easy walk. They didnt mention it was all vertical.

That night, having had another delicous meal at CASA HOOD (where Gareth had mexican eggs for dinner just for a change) I went to bed while he decided to go on a ´night tour to see the active volcano spit lava into the air. Well, it turned out to be a local bbq and drinking spot at the top where we had hiked during the day. The freindly driver offered Gareth and all passangers on the chiva á swig of his tequilla´ still making sure he had plenty for himself. I presume for the nerves of the drive back down the hill..not the volcano.

Relax time over and heading for the border, we set off for Peru.
8 hours to Cuenca.... 6 hours to Loja and another 8 and we´ll be there.... cant wait! 

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