We took the overnight bus from Quito to Canoa. It leaves Quito at 10:45pm and is scheduled to arrive in Canoa at around 6:00am. We were a little late.
All’s well that ends.
Ok, the bad news first. In our prior post, we shared that our luggage didn’t make it to Quito. On Friday we went out to, among other things, visit the TACA office in Quito to see if we could get better information about the location of our luggage. They were no help, just a ticket sales office. We also took advantage of the nearby Mega-Maxi (Wal-Mart type of store) to pick up a few essential items that we no longer wanted to be without. This was about an hour walk from our hotel so we decided to take the “trole” back. This is a bus that runs its route on dedicated lanes so it doesn’t get hung up in the traffic. We had utilized this bus when we were in Quito two years ago. It was extremely crowded. We had to push our way on and off. Once off, we realized that Valerie’s camera was gone. Also, her shoulder bag had been cut and her English-Spanish translator was gone.
OK, so it doesn’t have the same ring as “Back in the USSR”, but we’re beginning our South America trip with a return to Ecuador. We enjoyed our visit here back in 2011 and wanted to revisit, especially the Pacific coast, around the town of Canoa. However, first we had to make the trip to Quito.
We’ve come full circle now back to Quito preparing for our return to the US for a bit. For the first couple of days it was cold and rainy here but since has been nicer. We met up with some new friends that we first met when we got to Quito back in December 2010. We met them at the L’Auberge Inn where we were staying. They had arrived the same day we did and were also planning to stay in Ecuador for 3 months. We talked about what sort of plans we had for our trips and we agreed to keep in touch and trade information as we went along.
So when we arrived back in Quito, they were here also and we managed to get together. They had also found a different place to stay very close by to the L’Auberge and we really liked it so we relocated to it, Casa Bambu. They had finished their trip to the Galapagos so we all exchanged stories and impressions from our time in Ecuador. They’re very nice people from British Columbia and we have really enjoyed meeting them and hope to keep in touch. Continue reading
Laguna Quilotoa is a water filled volcanic crater located in the backcountry of the Cotopaxi province of Ecuador. To get to it, you must travel all or some portion of the Quitoloa Loop, a ring of small towns and villages populated mostly by Ecuador’s indigenous people with their centuries old way of life. Bus travel is infrequent in many portions of the loop so it takes some planning to get around. We began by traveling from Banos to Latacunga, which is sort of a gateway to the Quilotoa Loop. We spent one night at Hostel Tiana in Latacunga and then put what we would need to take with us in our backpack and stored our luggage at the hostel.