The rain in Riobamba falls mainly...everywhere

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

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Tren Dorado - $20 double, ensuite, TV Sat. Good

Flag of Ecuador  , Riobamba,
Thursday, May 1, 2008

Another travel day today. Only 2 hours, but still splits the day.

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! One or several mice woke us up at 1am trying to get into food remains in the bin. We finished the problem by putting all food and bins outside the room. The mouse attempted to enter Marcosī dirty clothes plastic bag and that seemed to end the adventure for the night!
Sadly, we were then woken up later by loud conversations from drunk 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. It hasnīt stopped all day. That added to the fact that the city of Riobamba in not the prettiest we have visited has made this quite a grey "tourist" day. We were originally going to stay another day here but have decided to move on a further couple of hours close to the Cotopaxti volcano.

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.

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