Saquisili is a small town in the province of Cotopaxi, with only around 5000 hab, but on Thursdays the population more than triples because of the market. It´s one of the great ecuadorian markets well worth a visit if you are ever in the area.Carrying 50 kgs of potatoes, as if it were 5 kgs.
Baños in the province of Tungurahua is a small town, in the skirts of the Tungurahua volcano, an active volcano, a touristy place with loads of activities for all. 30 mins away in Rio Verde an amazing waterfall crashing through a small canyon. It´s easy to get to from Baños or Puyo by bus or car. There are various different short walks to view the Pailon and on this occasion we decided to view it from the top. Walking only 5 or so mins from the bridge of Rio Verde, through the rich vegetation of the area to view this powerful sight. Here I am viewing the top of the waterfall.
This past Sunday the weather was amazing and we left home excited with such a blue sky with hardly a cloud and drove an hour or so to the NP of Ilinizas, these are twin peaks close to Quito, the Illiniza Sur standing slightly taller than Illiniza Norte, its northern counterpart, at 5248 meters and 5126 meters respectively. We were not going to climb them, but hike a little and enjoy the fresh air, sunshine and tranquility.
As we drove past the entrance to the park the weather began to close in but that didn´t deter us in the slightest. We carried on driving until the car park at an altitude of 3960 metres above sea level.
We started to hike and here is when all the fun began as I turned around to look at the view and said Ít´s going to rain´. Humpf´´ was the reply from my husband. Within minutes the clouds came closer the daylight disappeared as it rapidly got darker and of course it started to rain. We walked back down towards the car and before arriving it started to hail. And while the storm raged over our heads we carried on walking and arrived at the car park.
This me me in the hail whilst we were waiting for it to stop before driving off.Blue Flowers after the storm on the journey home
As the weather and light were bad I decided to converte the photos into black & white. We didn´t get much of a chance to take many photos but it was a fun excursion all the same.
Every Monday at 11 AM outside the Palacio del Carondelet, Quito the ceremony of the Changing of the Guard takes place. It is a formal event, with the Granaderos de Tarqui, and their beautiful horses parading around the Plaza Grande. Here is one of the guards and his horse just before the beginning of the event.
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