Chugchilan - Day 1 - Incredible, if bumpy, bus ride

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That is a nice donkey

Well they say the sun shines on a dog's ar*e even some days (or at least they do in Australia ;)) I feel pretty lucky that I decided to see some of the Quilatoa circuit.  A lot of the guidebooks mention it as an option, but I don't think any of them do enough to mention just how beautiful the scenery is around here.  I'd consider this to be a must do in Ecuador.

Happily escaping from Latacunga (not having been able to find an ATM...) I was on to a noon bus for about 4 hours of some of the most breathtaking scenery you'll see.  I'll let photos do the talking on that.

I kind of feel like I'm setting myself up for a fall though, first the fantastic Secret Garden hostel in Quito, now the Black Sheep Inn has set the standard pretty high for accommodation in South America.  The hostel is located wayyyy up the hill and just has a great atmosphere and really friendly staff (Buffalo seems happy to carry your bags up the hill if you don't want to :) )

After enjoying the views, and a fantastic Mexican meal (it is all vegetarian here, but delicious) Buffalo had lined up a day hike for myself and and English girl, Kate, the next day. So it was all sorted with very little effort on my part, which is always best I feel  :)

 

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That is a nice donkey
That is a nice donkey
Incredible views from the bus
Incredible views from the bus
My friend the llama as I approache…
My friend the llama as I approach…
The view from the balcony on the b…
The view from the balcony on the …
Sunset time
Sunset time
No its not a random pose, but thi…
No it's not a random pose, but th…
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