Black Sheep Inn
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After visiting the Thursday market at Saquisili, we caught the local bus to the Black Sheep Inn in Chugchilan. The bus ride was interesting. The road was in pretty good shape considering that it's in the middle of nowhere and not too many people live out here. The driver was relatively sane (apparently most drivers in this part of Ecuador own the bus they drive so they are more careful). When we could see, the views were breathtaking. Tall mountains with steep river gorges below the road.... Most of the trip was cloudy and rainy so we couldn't see a lot of time.
We read about the Black Sheep Inn in National Geographic where it was recently named one of the Top 50 eco-lodges in the world. We love it here so far. It's very homey and comfortable. Our room has a nice little woodstove, lots of blankets and a composting toliet! All of the food is vegetarian and you can have all the tea or coffee you want. And they have brownies in the main lodge!
Today (11/14) we went for a hike. The Inn is located at 10,500 ft so any activity is quickly tiring. We hiked down into a canyon and then back up onto a nearby plateau/mesa. The top of the plateau is covered in small farms; potatoes, corn, cabbage and lupines. Rachel tried to get me to help one of the farmers dig his potato field but I said "no way!"
We will upload pictures in a couple days (Internet service is slow here).