Full day in Cotacachi: lake, chicken farm and food! :P

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lovely cuicocha aka guinea pig's lake
Morning was quiet. The 3 of us had a late breakfast at home, hehehe, some fruit for me and toasts for the guys. Also some coffee and juice. We left home around 11 something. Now, I'd visit the surroundings of Cotacachi. I have seen some beautiful pictures of a lake at Shawn's blog and also read about this lake "Cuicocha" during my flight Lima-Guayaquil, hahaha. So when Shawn asked me if I'd like to visit that area, the answer was a loud: "Yes!"

We drove up to a mountain. It was noon and it was such a beautiful day, so sunny. But it was windy and cold, hahaha. It might be because it was high. Pfff. Shawn and Frank were talking about business and I was just walking around and taking pics.
me & Shawn
There was a trekking path there! Would I do that? Mmm, maybe another time, when it's less windy, hahaha. Oh! I was forgetting to say that Dirk joined us, yay!

After enjoying this beautiful scenery, we decided to go down to the lake itself. You can sail there too, but it was too windy and Shawn told us it was just ok. Nevermind we staid there for a while just admiring the deep blue lake. It was 1:30pm when we left "Cuicocha". Where to go now? The chicken farm, yay!!!!

Yes, the chicken farm! Shawn has already told me, he didn't have chickens at this moment. He just sold all of them before leaving to the coast :P Frank wanted to check how was the farm doing and I wanted to know it, perfect! I also wanted to see Shawn's cow and recently born calf, yay! Shawn doesn't live at the farm, but the guardian and his family does.
this way, follow me...


All of them were really kind and were with us while we were walking around the property. Shawn and Frank were busy talking about business, while I was talking to the wife asking her how to make juices with the local fruits, hahaha. There are 5 dogs at the farm and Dirk was playing with them, sweet! Also the children were playing with the dogs. They are such happy and friendly kids.

Specially the boy, Santiago. I asked him what he liked the most of living there and he said: "the cows". So I asked him to give me a tour and show me the cows and so we did. He's so sweet. I got the name of the 3 children and wrote it down, so I won't forget them and also Shawn might need this info, hahaha.

It was about 3pm when we left the farm. Day was still gorgeous but we'd drive back home to leave Dirk and the car.
yes, dipping popcorn in aji (spicy), very tasty!!!
Then we'd just walk to a restaurant in town to get something to eat. We were getting hungry :P

Frank wasn't as adventurous as us when it was about food. He has been in Cotacachi quite a few times, staying at a hotel with a nice restaurant which he likes, so there we go. It was located just 1 block away from the main square. The workers from the hotel recognized him, lol. It was late so we asked if they still were serving lunch and then got a nice table at the patio.

Now, it was time for me something completely new. We ordered our lunch, but the waiter brought first complimentary "pop corn". Was that the new stuff? Well, what happened next was definitely new. Frank ordered for "aji" the spicy dressing and started to dip the pop corn in aji before eating. What? Shawn had already told me about that and assured me, it tasted really good.
tasty blueberry ice cream!!!
Mmm, ok I'd try it. OMG! Shawn was so right. This was delicious! hahaha.

For lunch we got soup, which was very tasty, shrimp for me and Frank and fish for Shawn. I was feeling full, of course after all the pop corn, hahaha. And the waiter came with the dessert. Well, there's always room for ice cream, hahaha. Specially if the presentation is so lovely. When I tried, yummy!!! It was delicious!!!!

It was almost 5 when we were leaving the restaurant. I'd walk a bit around town. I needed to do some shopping and wanted to take some pics. The guys went back home and a bit later, I joined them. The town was so peaceful, perfect place to go if you just want to relax and take it easy.

Evening was just about packing. I was leaving tomorrow to Quito. I'd reassume my backpacking travel, again traveling by myself. Didn't know how but I succeeded packing, yay! Better go to bed early. Tomorrow would be a long day and we'd go to have breakfast early too.

geerbox says:
haha, I still have paper with the children's names, I'm so bad with names!

And now when you eat popcorn, you want aji!!! you are addicted!
Posted on: Aug 09, 2009
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lovely cuicocha aka guinea pigs l…
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me & Shawn
me & Shawn
this way, follow me...
this way, follow me...
yes, dipping popcorn in aji (spicy…
yes, dipping popcorn in aji (spic…
tasty blueberry ice cream!!!
tasty blueberry ice cream!!!
its so good to have a car
it's so good to have a car
our wheels
our wheels
yes, really windy
yes, really windy
nice mountains
nice mountains
:)
:)
at the top
at the top
nice trees
nice trees
beautiful Cuicocha. It means guine…
beautiful Cuicocha. It means guin…
another view of Cuicocha lake.
another view of Cuicocha lake.
another side of Cuicocha
another side of Cuicocha
beautiful lake
beautiful lake
it was windy!!!!
it was windy!!!!
me
me
Frank
Frank
the guardian
the guardian
Cuicocha
Cuicocha
Dirk & Shawn
Dirk & Shawn
boat in Cuicocha
boat in Cuicocha
another view of the volcano
another view of the volcano
house at the farm
house at the farm
fruit trees at the farm
fruit trees at the farm
Dirk!
Dirk!
at the farm
at the farm
the mom
the mom
Santiago :P
Santiago :P
Santiago, always playing and smili…
Santiago, always playing and smil…
Maribel and Santiago
Maribel and Santiago
3 children playing
3 children playing
Chino, Valeria, Santiago and Marib…
Chino, Valeria, Santiago and Mari…
happy children
happy children
Chino, you have to behave good.
Chino, you have to behave good.
Chino and Valeria
Chino and Valeria
Chino was so cute
Chino was so cute
shy Maribel
shy Maribel
following my guide, cute Santiago
following my guide, cute Santiago
one of the cows
one of the cows
Shawns cow
Shawn's cow
the calves
the calves
muuuuu
muuuuu
the cows
the cows
view of the volcano
view of the volcano
nice patio
nice patio
view of the Main Church in Cotacac…
view of the Main Church in Cotaca…
main square
main square
supermarket
supermarket
nice sculptures
nice sculptures
violinist, can I play too?
violinist, can I play too?
last dinner in Cotacachi, haha
last dinner in Cotacachi, haha
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