The rain in Riobamba falls mainly...everywhere
Trip Start Dec 14, 2007
300Trip End Nov 04, 2008
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Where I stayed
Tren Dorado - $20 double, ensuite, TV Sat. Good
For second night on a row we had a guest in our room. Not someone we invited, or wanted...actually it could have been several guests with the noise they were making.
The first night in the Hostal "Europa" we were woken up by something attacking a plastic bag with food...a small mouse. We scared it off but it kept reappearing in different areas of the room. We finally locked up all the food in a cupboard, and the little bugger managed to get inside (perhaps it was his cousin!).
Anyway, we requested to change the room for the second night (to be sincere the receptionist was not surprised with the fact that there were mice). We thought the second floor would be safer...but no
Sadly, we were then woken up later by loud conversations from drunk locals...it didnīt matter how many times Marcos shouted at them to shut up, they kept going for one hour until the effects of alcohol made them leave the hotel reception...I guess we have just got used to weekend noises in South America (mostly drunks!)
The route: much better road than the trip to Alausi, but lots of curves and mountains to go up and down. Luckily as its 1st of May and holiday in Ecuador, the roads are empty of lorries (larger ones at least) so travelling was quite swift and only interrupted by people getting on and off every 5 mins!
It was however very nice to see all the local people dressed in their best clothes going to the markets. There were plenty of pigs, cows and sheep going to meet their final owners, and many of them had already passed to a better life.
One thing has been common all along...rain, rain, rain
We are only 4 hours bus travel from Quito, but given that we want to avoid travelling on Sunday due to heavy traffic after the May holidays, we will break the trip up in 2 trips and do some trekking in the volcanic area.