I love Baños

Hey guys!

Seriously - I haven’t had any time at all these past weeks. We’ve had so much work, we haven’t even had time to explore Baños properly. That’s why we extended our stay here with a few days. So, this weekend we have done a waterfall tour and RIVER RAFTING! I LOVE IT! Seriously, river rafting is so much fun and a tiny bit scary! I have photos but only on a CD, they’ll have to wait for a few months..

Anyways, Baños is so beautiful. The mountains are everywhere, they’re green and there are little waterfalls everywhere. But things has really changed around here. When I was here 12 years ago, there wasn’t really any tourists here. But there are lots and lots of gringos walking around. 

In Baños we’ve stayed at a hotel for more than two weeks, haha! It’s been really great. We’ve had access to a pool, jacuzzi and sauna. I’ve been tanning a lot and finally got some color! 

So, even though we’ve been here for over two weeks we didn’t really have time to see or do anything. Apart from the rafting we did try zipline and OMG, I loved it too! I felt like a bird, flying upside down, like superman and sitting like in a chair, so cool! And cheap!

Tomorrow we’re taking the bus to Cuenca, another city 5 hours south. But I just came up with the best idea - after Cuenca we might just come back to Baños and do it all again, then Quito, Otavalo and Quito. Then we’re off to Malaysia! 

About that - So, we booked tickets to Kuala Lumpur for the 5th of March. We’re gonna be KL the first 12 days (we’re staying in a luxurious suite hotel, it’s super CHEAP) then we’re planning on going out to the west coast for some sun and bath!

Then, obviously, we’re finishing off in JAPAN! So, great travel year for sure. However, I must say, I am a bit sad to be leaving Ecuador (even though it’s quite some time left). I really love Ecuador and everything about it - the culture, the dance, the food, the people, the nature, the prices, the animals.. If I was rich I would definitely buy a house here.. (maybe one day)



I have been so busy with work I haven’t got the time to upload any blog posts lately. However, I’ve got a few minutes right now. At the moment we are in a city called Baños, I was here 12 years ago and it feels good to be back. Baños is located right in the middle of big, green mountains where waterfalls run down through the valleys. It is so pretty. I will show you some photos later when I have time.

But for now, I wanted to show you guys some of the photos we took for a jewelry company in New York. We didn’t take the photos in NY, but the company is based there, it’s called Alchemy and it’s run by a lovely lady, Pam. You will be able to read more about Pam and her history in jewelry making in Brooklyn in our third number of Red Llama. However, for now I just wanted to show you a sneak peak of the photos we took, hope you like them! Ps. We have lots of more photos, but I gotta keep some of them for the magazine ;-)

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..

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