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Dec 2, 2019 - Guango Lodge & Gone

Decided to spend some of our last few days in Ecuador at the Guango Lodge near the town of Papallacta; site of thermal springs, a hydroelectric generation station, and purportedly the highest elevation inhabited town in Ecuador. Our driver friend Ricardo called and asked if we minded if his daughter Ari, age 12, joined the ride; of course she was welcome. The 1.5 hour ride proceeds SE from Quito via National Highway E20. The E20 mountain pass as it crosses from Pichincha Province to Napo Province is at an elevation of ~ 4,000 masl / 13,123...

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Jul 24, 2012 - Markets and Spas

July 24 Up at 6:30 for breakfast – in the lounge right next to the lake. Dicks and other birds all over. After breakfast we headed out through town to an old Spanish textile factory – 1700s – where local Indians were held in virtual slavery. Through the ruins into (surprise!) shopping area, then through a winding path in an eucalyptus forest (they were introduced in the 1800s as a quick growing tree for fuel. Now they dominate the forest) to the Cascade de Pequche, a very nice waterfall of about 75 feet. A brief stop at a local weaver's...

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Nov 13, 2011 - Market, Hot Springs, Resorts Oh My!!

Hi Everyone!! This morning we woke up to a beautiful sunny day, we had a delicious pancake, fruit and regional fruit juice breakfast in the Hotel. Sven, the sheepie, decided he wanted to get in touch with his peeps and dive bombed some real sheep. Jen W had to jump in and save the litte guy. Lets just say, our day started out on a fun and positive note. After the suicide attempt, we headed off to Octavalo market and bought lots of goodies, haggled a bit and got some good deals! We stopped in a little town where we were taught about the...

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Mar 26, 2009 - Papallacta - thermal springs

Papallacta (translation the land of potatos). Our cabin was incrediable - log fire again, two stories, wood, nice (though the community one was nicer). We were int he thermal springs. That is water that has been heated by a volcano is pumped into these man made pools. Becuase we were 3,300 metres above sea level it was quite cool outside but brilliantly warm in the thermal baths. and they had the big pools and then small ones outside your cabin (were I had to crack a beer and sit to relax. And that was bascially what Papallacta involved...

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Jul 24, 2008 - Termal

This is a beautiful, creaky, old hotel. Needless to say, we woke up when the couple above us woke up at 6:30 am. Our pick up was 8:30. In Ecuador, when someone is killed on the highway, the police paint a blue heart to remind people driving by to drive safely (a bit of an issue here). On our way over the mountain there was a spot where a school bus was hit, and many children were killed, so there were many small blue hearts painted on the road. We drove up to 4100m which is the top of the world! Saverio pointed out that if we peed at the...

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Jan 15, 2008 - The Spa Treatment at Happy Pappy

Well, here we are in Papallacta (Happy Pappy). This town is famous for their natural hot springs. The bus ride here was scary toward the end-unpaved jungle road with steep cliffs and big buses and trucks passing eachother on the narrow road. OHMYGOSH! The rooms are cheap ($12pp)and they include breakfast. We spent the day at the beautiful hot spring resort and it was fabulous. We went from pool to pool and had a great time with eachother. The setting is tropical with our favorite pool near the river with tropical landscape all around with...

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