Thursday, 27 January 2011

Exiting Ecuador with a story

Before leaving Ecuador we spent some time in Cuenca, strolling around the river and the main plaza.

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

No bath in Baños


Baños was the next place after Cotopaxi, a good place to bring Helena back to shape after a very intense flu that is never welcome while travelling.
One of the techniques we mostly used was rest, and to finalize the treatment we offered ourselves a relaxing massage followed by a great dinner, the best part was the apple crumble and ice-cream.

Monday, 17 January 2011

Quito

Our first stop in Ecuador was Quito, the capital city, situated at 2800 m of altitude and surrounded by mountains that reach a lot higher.

Sunday, 16 January 2011

Light show in the City of Eternal Spring

After a couple of lovely, albeit freezing, days in Bogotà, we jumped on a flight for the city of eternal spring - Medellin - and a visit with the beautiful Sofia and her family.
Well, jumped on a flight might be a slight simplification. In fact, on this 22 December, the low-cost airline that we were flying with seemed to be having some kind of pre-Christmas nervous break-down. All flights from Bogotà had originally been delayed because of some fog (although we had problems seeing where this fog was supposed to be), but after a couple of hours most flights started to take off. Except for the flights with our lovely 'Aires' company as for some reason the fog was still stuck, but now just around the aircrafts of this company.

Monday, 10 January 2011

Into the wild Cotopaxi

While in Quito we decided to go for a few relaxing days surrounded by nature in an Eco-friendly lodge near the volcano Cotopaxi, our initial idea of relaxation suffered a big twist of faith and very soon we realized that this was going to be an activity intense stay .
We left Quito in a Jeep, sharing the ride with an american couple and a dog.

Saturday, 8 January 2011

At home in Bogotá

Once upon a time, there was a small prince named Sohrab born to the giver of life, Vida. The prince lived with his lovely mother and father in a cold, fairly crazy place, high up in the mountains in the capital of the people of Columbus, Bogotá.
Having lived for less than a month, this beautiful little prince had his kingdom invaded by a couple of bizarre travellers that found themselves far, far away from home, and who, after months of travelling, had almost forgotten how to behave among civilised people and especially how to behave with a small fragile prince who needed only the best of care.

Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Cartagena de las Indias

Wait a second... did we just jump Cartagena?

You are right  after rainy Panama city we did enter Colombia through Cartagena, and what an amazing surprise it was.
Arriving at the airport terminal and getting that sunny, hot and humid air blast felt quite good actually. It was good to go back to the Caribbean side and enjoy the relaxed life.

Saturday, 1 January 2011

Where is it? Where is it? Yeah, we've found it..(part 2 of 2)

The fourth day was the day of the thousands steps of stairs. Well 1'200 upwards to be exact, and for some reason, probably the same amount going back down ;) Although steps might be a bit of a nice expression for the differently cut pieces of stone that make up these stairs.

Where is it? Where is it? Damn, it's lost...(part 1 of 2)

Indecisive until the last minute if we should use 5 full days of our precious time left in South America (we are starting to feel pressed of time even though we have more than 2 months left before taking off from Rio for Auckland in early March) to do the trek to the Ciudad Perdida, or if we should rather just spend a couple of days on the beach and then move on to the next destination in order to make it to the Galapagos Islands in time for my dream of celebrating Christmas with some giant turtles.
Five minutes before the deadline, the night before the trek, we had made our decision and started a chase for cash machines that actually accepted foreign cards. By the 5th try we finally hit jackpot and withdrew the million!!!