Quilotoa - vulcano crater

So, you guys remembered that Lopez Nobel is doing a colab with a travel agency here in Ecuador? Well, apart from the Amazon tour, we also got sent on a day tour to Quilotoa - a vulcano crater. 

The day was really fun and started early from Quito. We drove for about two hours to the west part of the country. The Quilotoa crater is actually an active vulcano, a big lake inside the crater. When we got there we walked all the way down to the actual lake, a steep downhill walk for about 30 minutes. Just to let you know something important about this crater - it’s positioned at 3 800 meters above sea level. With this said, the air up here is thinner and it’s harder to breath. Anyway, walking downhill was no problem. 

After taking some photos at the bottom of the vulcano it was time to start the walk up. We started to walk slow - I mean super slow and tiny, tiny footsteps. But it was to hard. I had to stop all the time just to breath. Even without the high altitude, the steep uphill would be hard enough, but with the thin air it was impossible to walk fast or breath in a good way. It was with no doubt the hardest, physical training I’ve ever done. It took us about an hour to get up and after 15 minutes it started to pour. I got soaking wet!

After visiting the Quilotoa crater we made a brief stop to visit some indigenous people and to see how they live. They have a really tiny house without electricity, water or anything. In order to keep warm (it’s pretty cold up in the highlands) they keep hundreds of guinea pigs. The natural heat from the animals keeps the whole family warm. That, and sleeping together in the same bed. Apart from the animals keeping the people warm, the indigenous people also breed these guinea pigs to sell in the market. I tried eating guinea pig last time I was in Ecuador, it tastes like chicken, but it looks a bit freaky..

First day

Woke up at 7:00 today but I felt fine (even though I only slept 4 hours). Me and Patricio took a walk down to our favourite park - Parque de Carolina. It’s a huge park that has it all from small food stalls to a lake with boats and much more. It wasn’t so many people when we came there, probably because they were sleeping. We had wok for lunch and it was so good! After the lunch we bought an icecream in the park and just enjoyed the warm weather. 

Feliz Año Nuevo!

What an amazing night..

Me and Patricio have had the best new year ever. We got invited by an Ecuadorian family to celebrate with them. This family we met on the Amazonas tour, such nice and friendly people. The whole family is very artistic, the father plays guitar in a band, the mother is an actress, the son also plays in a band and the daughter plays piano and is a very good dancer.

So, New Year in Ecuador is very different from Sweden. First of all, the Ecuadorians love their costumes. Walking down the street we met so many people, hundreds and hundreds of people dressed out as different characters. Apart from the costumes, the New Year celebrations is very different here since they make huge dolls. For example, in one of the photos you can see a big doll carrying a child, this is suppose to symbolize the earthquake Ecuador suffered from earlier this year. Other dolls symbolizes politicians that the people dislike or other things.

Another thing they do here is they make dolls (smaller ones) and they put them on fire. The dolls usually look like a politician and by burning the dolls the Ecuadorians celebrate that the old year (with all it’s flaws) is over, and that they can start the new year fresh.

At 12 a clock you are supposed to eat 12 grapes. For every grape you eat you get to make one wish for the new year. I only had four haha!

So, these are some of the traditions they have here. But let’s move on to the actual night. So, me and Patricio went to the family where we sat in the living area, talking, laughing and having a good time. Around 10 in the night we had a delicious dinner, I mean it was incredible!  It was some kind of white fish with a cover of parsley. For dessert me and Patricio brought Swedish chocolate balls - Yum!

After we’ve celebrated the new year we continued the feast with dance and singing. They tried to teach us how to dance salsa. They laughed hard when I tried to move like they do.. probably looked like a robot..

At 3 in the morning we were home again and we fell asleep directly. We really had an incredible night and we were so lucky we got to celebrate the new year with beautiful people and new friends.

I’m not a very good dancer..

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