We had some new travelers join us at the house for a week. Ladies and Gentlemen, meet Chasa and Jenny from Germany! …And not too forget Ligia, our magnificent Spanish Teacher!
Since they are also learning some Spanish and traveling through Ecuador they joined for a trip around the area. Ligia combined a site seeing adventure with a lesson in some real world language learning. We toured around the mountains and volcanoes through the eyes of a local. We had the pleasure of seeing some breathtaking landscapes, historical landmarks and a pack of crazy bikers who shared their liquor with us. “Strange biker gang? Sure let’s all have a swig!”
Here are a few of our favorite photos from the day. Enjoy! (This post is a little different. Click on the photos to read more about each one.)
This was the first stop Ligia took us to. What a breathtaking view of Mena Dos. There are a few of these incredible look outs scattered throughout the mountain side. Thank you Ligia!
Looking out over the valley, we are all smiles to start our adventure! (Even poor Chasa and Jenny who were battling a flu couldn’t help but shine on such a beautiful day!)
Always with a HUGE smile, Ligia is willing to share and show her gorgeous country. We couldn’t have been luckier to find such a proud and capable guide.
Didn’t find him. But we found this sweet cross and a very special church in Ecuador. This place has a yearly pilgrimage for hundreds of Ecuadorians.
Finally, a rare photo of the two of us together. That is the volcano, Guagua (Wawa) Pichincha looming behind us.
One of #RaeSteps off into the mountain range. What an incredible environment to be in!
In more ways than one this wonderful woman has saved us from disaster! Think of this photo as a metaphor for being in a country were we don’t speak the language. Thank you for the life line Ligia!
Jenny and Chasa, our fellow adventurers through Ecuador.
…In the clouds, lost in thought…
Relaxing on the edge of the world!
The beautiful volcano peak of Guagua Pichincha as seen by me, through the lenses of my market special sunglasses.
Say that five times fast!
This lovely piece of art is perched high in the Mirador Chilibulo park.
Rae takes a rest and soaks in the epic view before us.
The never ending view from Mirador Chilibulo Park in Ecuador.
Now THIS is a scenic route! Off on our way to tiny vilage of Lloa.
Down the road we go. Twists and turns, to and fro.
Chasa helps with a little local renos. Are those sandals safety approved? I think they’re steal toe.
Learn to take some time for yourself, from someone who’s made it for a while now.
Even in this tiny little village, cans of spray foam are EVERYWHERE! I know Carnival was approaching, but from the moment we landed one of the first things I noticed to be everywhere were these cans of foam. Very similar to silly string I suppose. The kids have a blast spraying the crap out of each other!
The locals here are tough, and you have to be.
Founded on May 29th, 1861.
On a visit to the town hall we learned of the villagers who fought triumphantly to manage their own affairs and maintain their heritage.
The flags that hang proudly outside the town hall of Lloa, Ecuador.
I asked for a quick shot…Some were down for the cause, some were not! These are a few more local school kids in Lloa.
A great example of Rachel’s towering height in Ecuador. Also, a fantastic example of the fashion forward thinking deep in the valleys.
There are people of all sizes in Ecuador, but the further you go from the cities and closer you get to the indigenous folks the tinier things seem to get. Even Rach is a giant next to this little guy!
Stumbled upon this hard working fella. Even in the teeny tiny town of Lloa, nestled in the valley of a volcano, Ecuador is working hard on their beautiful country!
After a long morning tour through the mountains there was no better way to re-fuel then a delicious home cooked meal with new friends.
Too be honest this is the largest bowl of soup we’ve had for lunch. But a $2 almuerzo is always a great deal!! This juice and soup combo cost us a buck each. Delicious!!
So the bikers said their liquor was fuerte and for the men only! Of course you know what that means…Rae was up next for a shot!
…and on our way home again.