Ecuador

Don’t Go Chasing Waterfalls…Baños de Agua Santa

Posted by on Jan 10, 2013 in Ecuador, Play-by-plays | 1 comment

Don’t Go Chasing Waterfalls…Baños de Agua Santa

My next stop in Ecuador was Baños de Agua Santa (also known as Baños to Ecuadorians) which is 4 hours south of Quito and is a popular tourist location because of its hot springs and adventure sports. The drive to Baños from Quito is amazing since you drive along the Avenue of the Volcanoes where you pass multiple volcanoes including Cotapaxi, which is one of the highest active volcanoes in the world. Once you get to Baños, you realize how stunning it is. Baños is located at the bottom of Tungurahua Volcano (“Throat of Fire Volcano”, which you can hear rumble in the morning) and...

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Quito – High in the Sky

Posted by on Jan 8, 2013 in Ecuador, Play-by-plays, South America | 0 comments

Quito – High in the Sky

I decided to stray away from the pack and travel (mainly by bus) through Ecuador to meet Natalya and Roza in Lima instead of heading to Tayrona. After a very long, fun NYE night in Cartagena I had to catch an early morning flight to Quito Ecuador. Quito is the capital city of Ecuador, with a population of 2 million people and a very rich history. Quito was built on the ruins of an ancient Incan city and sits at an elevation of 2,800 meters (~9,200 ft above sea level). Battling both the post New Year’s Eve night feeling and the high elevation my first day in Quito was a rough one. While...

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