The Petryk's Round-The-World Adventure 2007/2008 travel blog

....some of the Hacienda Guachala rooms....

....the donkey and his horsie friends at Hacienda Guachala....

....Lago San Pablo...Mirror Lake....

....Lago San Pablo and Volcano Imbabura....

....tree tomatos....

....a view of Otavalo in the distance....

....Cascada de Peguche....(1)

....Cascada de Peguche....(2)

....Rio Peguche....

....Cascada de Peguche....(3)

....Cascada de Peguche....(4)

....making our way along the Rio Peguche....

....a flower along the pathway....

....a pan flute artisan at work....(1)

....a pan flute artisan at work....(2)

....the finished pan flute...ready to play....

....distinctive Peruvian hats for sale in Peguche....

....the weaving loom at work....

....Lake Cuiococha....

....Cotocachi Volcano....

....the Puyaclava Flower....

....standin' on top of the world in Ecuador....

........and looking back towards Peguche....


We left the hacienda this morning and made our way into the small town of Cayambe, which lies at the foot of a volcano of the same name...it is also known for the “biscochos” or biscuits which seem to be made and sold by everyone in the town...on our way out of town we stopped at a viewpoint above Laguna San Pablo, also known as Mira Lago or Mirror Lake with the volcano Imbabura is visible in the distance...we drove around the lake thru numerous small indigenous villages including the village of Peguche where we stopped to hike up to the Cascada de Peguche, a waterfall on the Rio Peguche which flows out of Laguna San Pablo...while in Peguche we stopped to see an artisan who makes pan flutes (he made a flute out of bamboo in about ten minutes) and a family run weaving shop...we then visited the village of Cotocachi which is renowned for its leather works which are sold in virtually every shop along main street...we headed up into the hills above Cotocachi to the Reserva Ecologica Cotocachi-Cayapas where we saw the Laguna Cuiococha, a lake in the crater of an extinct volcano at 3,200 metres above sea level and then we hiked higher up into the hills towards the Cotocachi Volcano which stands at about 4,940 metres above sea level...we were able to see some of the many varieties of Ecuador’s flora including the green flower of the Puyaclava...in fact Ecuador (which is about the size of the state of Nevada) has about 20,000 different plant species while all of the North American continent only has about 17,000 different plant species...we made our way down out of the hills back to Cotocachi where we had lunch at El Lenador...they served an incredible salsa which got its creamy consistency from a “tree tomato”...after lunch we continued on our way to the town of Otavalo, our stop for the night....



Advertisement
OperationEyesight.com
Entry Rating:     Why ratings?
Please Rate:  
Thank you for voting!
Share |