15.06.2012 - 19.06.2012 23 °C
I’ve written the blog in all sorts of places:
• In the back of our Oasis Truck in Africa: bumping along dusty dirt roads, dying from the humidity and usually dead tired and/or hung-over.
• In the middle of the night on top of my hostel bunk bed: listening to one (and sometimes several) people snoring their heads off.
• In cafes in picturesque town squares: sipping coffee or freshly squeezed juice, mildly distracted with people watching.
But this is one of my favourite settings: the breakfast bar/restaurant terrace at our place in Vilcabamba. Pretty nice I reckon.
Vilcabamba was pretty nice for a variety of reasons, not least the view over breakfast. We had our first massage of the trip after over 8 months on the road. And we got upgraded to a private cabana complete with balcony and hammock. We did have to suffer a flying ant infestation in our previous room to be moved but hey, a free upgrade is a free upgrade after all.
We set off on a short but sweet 3 hour hike of the valley and surrounding villages, map in hand. It took us all of about an hour to get lost, the water tanks we were supposed to be walking past way off in the distance on another ridge line completely. The path was meant to be marked with red dots, but did we see any? No! A minor detour + a bit of backtracking = no harm done. The views were lovely all the same. Just meant we had to walk for longer before it was ice-cream time.
We had booked 2 nights in Vilcabamba but stayed an extra night knowing we would cut our time in Quito short. We could have stayed a week, or even a month. It’s the perfect location to do next to nothing. A bit of hammock time was just what we needed.
One more bus trip up to Quito where all we really did in our 12 hours there was a spot of shopping. It wasn't until we attempted to check in on-line that we discovered our flight had been delayed by 5 hours. Thanks for telling us LAN air!