|first flat tire of our trip|
|manual labor not tire machine here boys|
|amazing emerald green color from the lake|
|donkey ride back up the hill priceless|
When we arrived to lake Quilotoa, one easily see why its so popular because of its beauty and size. The hike down was very steep and you see the local natives working all around planting bushes, relaxing and talking amongst themselves. After an hour we arrived at the bottom and expecting 4 donkeys waiting to take us back up because we had arranged this beforehand at the top with the locals. 30 minutes late a little man came down hill with 1 donkey, 1 horse and 1 kinda hybrid of a donkey and horse which i got to ride. Ji got the donkey and the Swiss girl got the horse while her boyfriend Andy, was shit out of lucky and had to walk up, we paid $8 each to hire the animals and guide. The animals where ok, not really trained and the guides had no change as usual.
We drop off the Swiss trio in Latacunga, lucky for me the rest of the way was paved. 3 hours later Ji and I arrived in Banos the adventure town of Ecuador and as I was doing a U-turn to get back to the hostel I hit the curb and instantly knew I had blow out another tire got out and sure enough but this time the passenger front tire. Talk about luck in almost 10 months though USA, Mexico and Central America nothing but in these last 2 days something hit the fan. This time it cost me $12 to fix, because of the side wall patch was huge and cost more, not sure if it would pass safety in Canada but it looks ok and holding pressure keep you posted.
|Banos famous waterfalls and natural pools|
|at the doctors, had some stomach problems but got the clean bill of heath|