Grutas San Pedro (Cave of San Pedro). 24 km, 6 hours + 1 hour in the cave, 280 m elevation difference.
There is a small entrance fee.
On the very first day we went to the San Pedro caves and planned to hike up a lovely hill with a view point after visiting caves. We left hostel rather late, the sun was very strong already. It is good 11 km walk to the cave (according to Google maps, and 16 km according to Bolivian maps, which I stopped to trust after several hikes ), without a significant difference in altitude. The most difficult thing was to find the beginning of the trail – routes are marked in this country quite bad. The owner of our hostel explained us how to find a trail in the woods – and then we walked along the main road all the time. Local people greeted us, many tried to chat a bit – the atmosphere in Sorata is very friendly, although before, they say, it was unsafe here.
I paid Peru very short visit, 9 days only. I had to cross the whole country within 64 hours in stuffy and sweaty buses, from the coast of Ecuador, where I worked in a travel agency to Arequipa, where I planned to see my friend whom I met in the hostel in Ecuador and we decided to travel together following 4 month.
The road from Puno to Copacabana (two cities on the coast of Titicaca, one is in Peru, other is in Bolivia) and border crossing didn’t take us long. The border was located in the middle of the market with old ladies in colorful skirts who were selling sweets and snacks. “Russia?” – The border guard stamped my passport with a wide smile on his face. “Eres bienvenida! At the border, we put a visa only for 30 days, but if you want to stay longer, it can be easily extended in any major city.”
Bolivia greeted us by colors of beautiful skirts and funny hats, fragrances of bakeries, party in honor of a certain saint who passes right in the middle of two borders, ie. theoretically in Nowhere.
Copacabana. Not a luxurious Brazilian beach, but just a tiny town on the coast of Titicaca, living on the tourism from cruises to the islands and countless hostels and restaurants. We did not like it – high prices, guides trying to sell you their tours in every corner, generally it didn’t have good vibes. We bought food, gas, water and we went to the Isla del Sol with our tents to camp. Read More
The Galapagos happened spontaneously in my life. Preparing my world travel at home, I tried to find an opportunity to visit islands on a budget. I was looking for volunteering, couchsurfing, work, ticket’s sales – everything. I’ve found some interesting projects and kept them for the future. And already in Ecuador, I spontaneously jumped to the first plane with a cool German guy I met on my way and we went for the 5-days adventure in one of the most amazing places in the world, without any plans.
We passed serious multi-level check before landing, filled in countless papers and even got into the criminal list as three-mandarin-importers (which we took for the breakfast) – importing natural products like wood, food,etc to the islands is strictly prohibited. Read More
The Galapagos Islands is an archipelago of 16 volcanic islands located 1000 km from the South American mainland. When these islands appeared in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, neither animals nor plants existed on them. They arrived there later – with wind, currents, on wreckages of ships. Read More
Banos de Agua Santa is the adrenalin capital of Ecuador, it’s a mecca for those who loves outdoor adventures. Here you can take advantage of the varied environment such as mountains, hot springs, rivers and waterfalls.
People go to Banos to jump from the bridge, hang out on a rope over an abyss, swing at the end of the world or go straight to the Devil’s cauldron; here at every corner you will find tour agencies who eager to bring you for rafting, rope jumping, ziplining and other heart pumping activities.
And after such an adrenaline rush, in the evenings everyone soak in hot springs, heated by active volcano Tungurahua. This volcano erupted last year, in February 2016, and the locals watched it, sitting on a bridge with chips and rum, taking selfies – volcano is far enough to be safe.
Ecuador is a land of volcanoes. It is home to many different volcanoes, both active and inactive. There are approximately 60-70 volcanoes in the country.
In the caldera of the volcano Quilotoa a delightfully turquoise lake was formed about 800 years ago. The last time this volcano erupted in the 13th century. Locals say that this lake doesn’t have a bottom.
Quilotoa is 35 km from the town of Latakunga by the twisting road. We arrived at the view point at altitude of 3914 meters. The first thing one will see there is a souvenir area, a couple of restaurants with a roasting cuy (guinea pig) infront of entrance. The path runs a little forward and … right around the corner appeares a magical landscape on the caldera of the volcano.