Riding Mardonga

Trip Start Dec 14, 2007
Trip End Nov 04, 2008

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Where I stayed
La Florida cabins - $6 pp, ensuite, own kitchen, garden

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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

The first thing we did today was leave the Fawlty Tower´s hotel (Las Ruinas de Quinara). The lack of sympathy of the staff (all of them) and the defects in most of their equipment (sauna, jacuzzi, etc) made us look for alternatives. And luckily enough, just across the road we found a place renting cabins (although they are brick built).

The cabin is clean, large, with its own kitchen and bathroom and a huge garden full of dogs (many of them puppies). So the change is not only good but we also reduce the bill from $US 28 per day to $US 12!

However, the main reason behind the change is that we have found Vilcabamba so relaxing that we have decided to stay at least until next Saturday before we move on. The cabin is the perfect place to chill out, cook our own food, read, write our memoirs...etc.

The rest of the day (as you will probably have found out from the pictures) we have spent horse riding. It has been quite a long ride, from 9am until 4pm with lunch included at the top of the mountain. Holgar took us to visit his parents farm, where they still work, and where he grew up with 9 other brothers! He was the oldest, and his mother had her last child at the age of 49.

Most of the paths on the way up had magnificent views, but were not that wide which did not help any person afraid of heights (such as Veronika!). But she made it with flying colours to the top....

A few German friends (including Vero) have reminded us that "Ecuador" is not only the name of the country we are at, but also the famous hit by "Sash" in the 90´s. Here is the link for anyone wanting to remember it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P86fPsC_cCQ&feature=related

Here is also a link to information on Vilcabamba: http://www.vivavilcabamba.com/content/view/31/157/lang,es/
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