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Entries from September 2014

vilcabamba

September 28th, 2014 · No Comments

having heard a bit about vilcabamba beforehand, i approached the town with mixed feelings. there are a lot of ‘gringos’ staying long-term and half of the businesses are owned by ‘extranjeros’. i arrived on a sunday, while the market was on. the central square was filled with people and as the sun was out, two out of three […]

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the pilgrimage to loja

September 28th, 2014 · No Comments

cycling out of cuenca, i met maggie and bryan, a canadian couple cycling south as well. we met again on top of the first climb out of town where i had stopped for lunch. while eating a guy came scrambling out of the bushes from the other side of the road and from what i […]

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cuenca y las cajas

September 28th, 2014 · No Comments

like in quito, i stayed at ‘el cafecito’ hostal, which has a relaxed atmosphere, superb breakfast and came this time with a glass covered court yard complete with bicycle themed art on the walls. after the chimborazo round, the first days were spent solely relaxing until new arrivals were luring me out to see something […]

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riobamba

September 13th, 2014 · No Comments

the downhill continued and by the time i reached riobamba, it was time to peel off some more layers of clothes. jo, a friend from france whom i had met in indonesia, sent me the contact details of borja, a friend of his in town. i ventured through town to find a place that could […]

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around chimborazo

September 13th, 2014 · No Comments

after the quilotoa lagoon it was only a small downhill to zumbahua, where i arrived during the busy saturday market. hats are a must there and the streets were filled with people in their tradional clothes, mostly colourful while young and old wearing a fitting headpiece. i changed my brake pads which was drawing a […]

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quilotoa lagoon

September 9th, 2014 · No Comments

starting from the panamericana at lasso, i followed the paved road to sigchos. after being a bit boring for the first ten kilometers, this changed luckily soon. the second part to the lagoon is also popular with hikers. but as the road is taking a rather long way around the mountain ridges with the views […]

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cotopaxi

September 9th, 2014 · No Comments

it was another cobblestone road, worse than the one leading to the laguna de mojanda, and steeper in parts. i didn’t make it to the park’s entrance and set up camp, from where i had no views of the vulcan yet, but a nice sunset with the valley filled with clouds beneath. the morning was […]

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quito no. 2

September 9th, 2014 · No Comments

arriving again in time for the sunday ciclopaseo, i saw some now familiar faces from last week’s ride, like this daughter-father duo. the girl had an incredible voice which was a real surprise when hearing it first and seeing the person it belongs to later. just next to the el ejido park is the casa […]

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cuyabeno wildlife reserve

September 2nd, 2014 · No Comments

the trip started with a bus ride to the carcelen terminal, from where a night bus would take me to lago agrio. i could sleep a little and, while still feeling battered, the start into the morning was alright. i spent some time looking for a small bag, as i am travelling without a bagpack […]

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quito

September 2nd, 2014 · No Comments

arriving in the mariscal district, it could hardly be a more drastic change from the last evening spent around mojanda. bars and discos with booming music and people running to and fro. it took a while to find a hostel as many were booked out. i was glad to get an early rest and enjoy […]

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