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Dec 9, 2014 - Latacunga

We left Mindo on the early bus (6:30 am) for Latacunga, the central highlands town near the Cotopaxi National Park. Cotopaxi is an active but currently quiet volcano that is visible on clear days, rising to almost 5900 m above sea level in a perfect volcanic cone shape. But we have not come to Latacunga to climb Cotopaxi. We have come to hike what is known as the Quilatoa Loop, a multi-day hike around the dormant volcano crater Quilatoa which means Prince's Tears in the local indigenous language, Kichwa. We organized a three day hike with a...

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Mar 20, 2013 - Week 25 - Mindo, Mitad del Mundo, Quito, Quilitoa (Ecuador)

The week started with a long journey. We left Canoa at 7:30am and caught a taxi to San Vicente 20 minutes down the road, spending the entire journey debating whether to go to Bahia for a direct bus to Quito or whether to try our own route. We decided we’d left it too late for Bahia and got dropped off at the terminal in San Vicente where we sat in a bus office waiting for the 8:30am bus to Chone. When the bus arrived the guy ushered us out the door to the parking lot and another man swept us away from the bus and into an amazing open sided...

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Jan 11, 2013 - De retour dans les Andes

Nous voilà de retour dans les Andes avec Touki à Latacunga. Depuis là, nous sommes allés à Quilotoa pour voir le cratère du volcan qui en fait est une magnifique lagune. Nous avons passé une nuit dans un hôtel au bord de la lagune tenu par une famille d'indigènes. Puis, le lendemain, nous sommes partis tôt pour une jolie ballade de 5h jusqu'au village de Chugchilan où nous sommes également restés pour la nuit avant de rentrer à Latacunga. Le chemin entre Quilotoa et Chugchilan était splendide. Tout d'abord, nous avons contourné une partie...

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Nov 3, 2012 - Latacunga - Quito

Left the farm around 11 after stuffing face on french toast, bacon and maple syrup. Arturo has very kindly provided me with a new reading list with an Ecuadorean/Galapagos theme so thanks to him and Gus my Kindle is now bulging with a mixture of historical and appropriately themed South American titles and the usual crap crime novels I tend to favour (plus the remainder of the Booker titles I haven`t got through yet - so far some distinctly better than others). First of the Ecuador titles is The Mysteries of the Earth, a fascinating account...

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Nov 2, 2012 - Latacunga - Day of the Deceased

Morning tour of nearby Latacunga town where the historic parts of the town and old houses are rapidly being ripped out and replaced with concrete buildings with tinted glass windows (a rather lurid shade of blue being the particular favourite). Despite a recent Unesco grant of $5m to put all the cables underground there`s already a nest of them snaking down every street. Some parts of historic Latacungaga remain or have been recently restored - churches, the town square etc but unlike Quito where the historic centre has been lovingly...

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Nov 1, 2012 - Quito - Latacunga

Thursday morning call from the very fabulous Sybela Eastman Vinueza (Edwards cousin) asking if I would like to go stay at their farm in the country for a couple of days as there is a long weekend coming up (Day of the Deceased on Friday, Cuenca Day on Saturday). The family farm is in the Highlands on the edge of the Boliche National Park and in the shadow of Cotopaxi Volcano (for those who don`t know Cotopaxi is the second highest volcano in Ecuador and the second most active volcano in the world - apparently it`s 10 years overdue an...

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May 13, 2010 - Hasta luego camera

Sadly there are going to be no more photos. I was robbed while travelling on the bus to Latacunga yesterday. I was sitting by the window with my backpack by my knee. Somehow someone from the seat in front of me managed to steal everything out of the front of my backpack. Not sure when. I did speak to the sleazy guy sitting next to about where we were, to distract him from being so lecherous.He yelled something about me which I didn't understand so am wondering if he was part of it all.So it is Hasta Luego to my camera. I only realised my...

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Adios Amigos 2010

Aug 30, 2009 - Latacunga

We arrived in Latacunga after a short 2hr bus ride from Banos. And for those keeping score, Lisa threw up on another bus. Unfortunately this time we weren´t sitting together and she threw up beside a stranger, but he was nice and sympathetic apparently. Latacunga itself is a bit of a non touristy small city, but has a nice downtown area with narrow streets and colourful buildings. We were in Latacunga to travel the Quilotoa Loop and see the Quilotoa Lake, which is located in an extinct volcano. Apparently, half the fun is travelling around...

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Mar 8, 2009 - Latacunga 01/09

Sunday… January 11 This entry is from the e-mails sent home at the time. Latacunga is much bigger than I was expecting, but it has that Sunday afternoon deserted look to it. I got a room in a small hotel right downtown. On Monday I walked around the city exploring and taking pictures. It was much livelier than the day before. Tuesday 13 Jan. 9 AM… it's raining again. It has rained every day since Jen and the boys left. Yesterday it was all morning and it is doing the same today, thus far anyway. Unless the rain changes my plan I will...

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Nov 5, 2008 - Latacunga

The good: breathtaking views, fantastic adventurous activities and friendly people The bad: a stolen camera and sunglasses (i´m over it!) The ugly: a sprained ankle The stupid: hiking on said sprained ankle for 3 days and cyclying 65km The stinky: wearing the same clothes for 3 days in Quito b/c I put all my clothes (except what was on my back) into the ONLY local laundromat that closed for 2 days over a holiday. This also delayed our stay in Quito for 2 extra days. Paul (my travelling buddy from Ireland) might think this ´the stupid´ but...

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May 25, 2008 - Quad Motorbiking in Banos and arriving in Latacunga, Ecuador

QUAD MOTORBIKING We got up at 6AM to go to our favorite hotspring for the last time before leaving today. Unbelievable is that the hotspring opens at 4:30AM each day! (USD 1.6/adult) It was a great way to start the morning. Before leaving Banos, we had to try riding the quad motorbikes. It´s similiar to dune buggy with large tires except it is like a motorbike. We rented two bikes for an hour (USD 8/bike/hour) just to ride around for fun and not to go anywhere particular. Operating the bike is fairly simple, similiar to riding our electric...

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May 26, 2007 - Back to Quilatoa

I decided to head back to the Quilatoa area before meeting up with the family in Columbia. There were some amazing hikes between the small towns in the area. On the first hike, I met three German travelers that were a lot of fun. We hired two donkeys to carry our backpacks as we were carrying all our stuff. The trek to Chugclilan was fantastic. we found a wonderful hostal in town called Mama Hildas. The only problem with the place was that they had no electricity while we were there. Also staying at the place was a couple from Atlanta that...

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