A new country
Trip Start Oct 16, 2012
136Trip End Apr 20, 2013
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Once we had cycled for twenty minutes or so into Ecuador, we arrived into Tulcan and thought it was time for some lunch
As soon as we made our way to the other side of town we saw that we had a bit of a hill climb before making a descent. We made our way up the hill for an hour or so, and I began to feel the
effects of being at a high altitude. I was wheezing like an 80 year old asthmatic, but knew that it would improve as soon as we got over the ridge. The town of Tulcan had been at 3000m, so we knew that at the top of the climb we would be at around 3500-3800m, so getting a bit out of breath was to be expected. Once we were at the top, we coasted downhill for about half an hour, and immediately I felt better, as I was no longer working hard to get up the hill and also we were losing elevation.
We arrived into a small town but thought it was the only option within about another hour, so started looking for somewhere to stay. The town was really quiet compared to similar places in Colombia and there was hardly anyone to be seen in the square. We cycled around for a few minutes and found a hotel that we could stay in, which again, had great facilities. We tried our first Ecuadorian dinner in the evening, which was in the only restaurant that we could find. The only thing on the menu was roasted chicken with rice and chips and when it arrived, it was half a huge chicken per person. It was accompanied by some soup, which was a watery broth, with the chicken legs left in; it was pretty basic, and quite frankly horrible.