...Climb Mount Fuji,
But slowly, slowly!
かたつぶり そろそろ登れ 富士の山
|Why does it feel like we are always walking uphill?|
|Later on in some villages we actually see|
some old timers wearing these llama hair chaps
|A spiritual cleansing|
|On the crater trail|
|The exact point where I should have turned around|
|Hiking around Chugchilan|
...Follow this road until you walk into a curve next to a sandy cliff, after the curve you hike 150m more on the road and look for a small trail going down to the right, take this. Go down to the river until you see the suspension bridge. Do not cross the bridge, but follow the river...
|...keep following the river until you see a log bridge...|
Pachamama in Quechua language is Mother Earth. For the Incas the goddess presided over planting and harvesting and she is still revered by indigenous communities today.
We drag ourselves out of the hostel at three in the morning. It is a bit creepy being out at this hour with nothing else but fog and a barking dog as our companions. If it was in Quito I would be crapping myself. But soon another passenger arrives and then the bus for a cold and bumpy two hour ride. It is still dark when we arrive to Saquisili and follow the people pulling their sheep towards the animal market.
|At this hour I'd rather be counting sheep; figuratively not literally|
|A llama couple|
|These young, cuddly llamas are Ecuador-able|
With our internal energy now depleted from the entire long four day journey, we decide to pass on some other probably very interesting aspects of the market and head back to Latacunga. Our Quilotoa circle completed.
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