Yo, forreal, it was legit. We met these rock-climbing-adventure-loving people through Alice’s friends and went to Quilotoa with them! We started out at 5:30am leaving from Lumbisí to get to the meeting spot near Quicentro (shopping mall). From there, we left at 6:30am, drove through a bunch of places, including Latacunga (famous for it’s “Chugchucaras” dish, which consists of fried pork, different types of corn, and an empanada), and eventually got to Quilotoa around 9:30am-10am-ish. We were originally going to trek the perimeter of the lake, but it would have taken 6 hours, and it was supposed to rain in the afternoon. So we decided to just go down to the lake (about a half an hour) and then go back up (supposedly up to an hour and a half). There are horses you can ride to go back up, but they cost $10 and we didn’t wanna spend that. But yeah, it was such a fun day! We took some ridiculous pictures (with stereotypically “ghetto” poses because Michelle and I had seen a girl at the Basilica- a famously beautiful church- make such poses in front of a giant stained-class window while her boyfriend took photos), met some really cool Ecuadorians, kayaked in the ridiculously blue and clear water (that’s also sulfuric…), and climbed back up from the lake, which took forever because it started raining and hailing. We were cold and soaked by the end, but it was AMAZING!! And then we bought alpaca sweaters for $15, which is too expensive (cheaper elsewhere), considering we didn’t wanna fork over $7 for pants (we were trying to haggle it down to $6, but the saleslady just wouldn’t budge!). Afterward, we got chugchucaras and helados salcedos from Latacunga. Then it was another 3 hour drive back to Quito, and a 2 hour trip home after that (bus and taxi). I’m tired, but I laughed so much today, and I know this sounds super cheesy, but so many fantastic memories were made today. And I made some super-mega-ful chévere friends today (it’s an Ecuadorian thing). Enjoy some pics! I’ll upload the rest on Facebook in a few weeks. Y’all get a sneak peek because you actually read my blog 🙂
^ here’s us doing our silly poses! Ricardo on the right was one of our nuevos panas (new friends)! He’s on his way to becoming an outdoor adventure guide! Legit.
^ yo isn’t this pretty? super ridiculously pretty? yeah, that’s the reflection of the sky in the lake. and you see that spot of land down there? yeah, we went down there. and it was painful coming back up.
^ We were the first ones who made it down to the lake! Miguel, Rachel, me, and Gustavo.
^ Went kayaking with Taylor. Crazy kid.
^ It started raining right after we went kayaking. so we ran to our stuff, put on our raincoats, and started going up!
^ It started HAILING!! ouch. only for like 10 minutes though haha.
^ Chugchucaras! Yum. We learned the name of this dish in Ecuadorian Culture class! unfortunately, when I first tried to say it in the van on the way through Latacunga, I said a really bad word instead… sigh, Spanish is hard!
Anyway, enjoy the pictures. PAZ. DIOS LE PAGUE. A DIOS BENDIGO. CHAO. HASTA NUNCA (CACHO).