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Quilotoa Loop Pt 3: Chugchilan to Tigua

The final leg of our route is pure ascent to Laguna Quilotoa. Bekah and I felt pretty accomplished and decided to skip this leg and take a bus to Tigua instead. El vaquero claimed the bus left the town square at 2, a townsman claimed it was more like 3:30 and a girl in a shop said there was no bus. Not wanting to be in the middle of town with our gear, we decided to take a private driver who charged us $5 each to ride in his black Mazda truck with a plastic tarp over the bed of his truck to protect any additional travelers he scoped up along the way. Alas, we were off. Unbeknownst to myself, I gave Bekah the only seat with a working seatbelt. I was glad I did because we both feared for our lives and had she not had a seatbelt, she would have demanded to be let off that death-ride. We constantly switched between lanes of a mountain highway, probably spending 40% of our travel on …

Quilotoa Loop Pt 1.5: Hostal Llullu Llama

Llullu Llama was phenomenal and exactly what we needed after our miscalculated hike. We took a quick tour of the grounds, then crashed on a couch in the common area, only to be greeted by two Frenchmen, a Dutchman, and a game of cards that they did not now the name of. They Frenchmen stated it was to be called “slip”. The premise is to have the lowest value of cards. You start off with 7 cards, you can only draw one, you may only discard one card, unless you have a pair, triplet, quadruplet, or straight suite of cards. Before your next withdrawal, you call ‘slip’ and if you have the lowest value, you acquire no points. We drank, had discussions about bread and cheese (with the French there is no winning) then went to dinner, where we had copious amounts of food and the discussions continued. It was great talking about football, especially with the French who have so many rising talents. Dinner was sublime, the best food we had while in Ecuador. …