Trekking and Camping in the Andes
Ecuador Adventurer 2006
We started at a small building with our guide Felipe, then hiked up the road and through much cow covered farmland. We also saw some caballeros, one just a small child. Hiked past a small brick house with children playing outside who were kind enough to pose for us before running away in a little game of hide and seek.
The area we camped in was quite nice. It was surrounded by trees and a rushing stream. I had my own tent. Hail to the king, baby. Instead of relaxing in our new home and acclimating to the new altitude, Dave and I hiked pretty much straight up the mountain above. What can I say, it was exciting and we wanted to explore.
The views were simply spectacular. Lush mountains surrounding us, a plateau between cliffs with cattle and horses everywhere, funky orange flowers, and great views of Quito far down below. There were many skeletons lying around, so took picture with a cow skull masquerading as El Chupacabra.
Afterwards we had a tasty meal prepared by our cook Arturo. Then we hung out around a campfire. It was quite chilly. I had picked up a bottle of whiskey in Quito and we passed that around to help warm us up. Our guides seemed to quite enjoy this. Steve got a little careless tending the fire and burned a big hole in his glove. Good times! After a visit from a hawk we retired to our tents.