Vilcabamba, Ecuador – Chachapoyas, Peru “Hope you’re up for an adventure,” I said to Jack. “Not really”, he grimaced. “I just hope it won’t rain. Then it would really suck. Lots of dirt road.” It was 6 am in Vilcabamba. It was the start of a 2 day journey to cross from Ecuador to Peru, …
Apparently they all ended up here in Vilcabamba.
I’ve never seen so many old people and tie dye-clad people – sometimes they’re the ones and the same – since… Well, never, actually.
Vilcabamba is experiencing some sort of gringo boom, it seems like. It’s especially popular with the retired folks. We came to Vilcabamba on our way to Peru from Baños. We didn’t really know what to expect – but surely we didn’t expect a town overrun with expats and tourists.
Baños, Ecuador I finally got around to sending mine to my folks in Indonesia (the one in the middle). Baños is located at the bottom of a still very much active volcano, Tungurahua. So active that it’s constantly spewing smokes. It definitely makes life exciting. Fortunately, Baños is located away from the mouth of the …
Having stayed in Baños for almost 2 months, both Jack and I have discovered some places that quickly became our favorites. We’d love to share them with you.
- Best Breakfast Place in Baños
- Best Place to See Taxidermy Gone Amok
- Best Place to Hook Up With Your Tour Guides
- Best Place to See Cute and Happy Bartenders
- Best Place to Avoid After Laundry Day
- Best Brewery in Baños
- Best Viewpoint Over Baños
- Best Travel Agent in Baños
- Best Place for $2 Lunch
- Best Day Trip Out of Baños
- Best Vegetarian Sandwich
- Best Hangout Place With WiFi
- Best Local Character and Best Toilet With A View
Baños, Ecuador Our last week at Baños has been hectic to say the least. We had very little time to spend on this blog. When we’re not working or partying, we’re jumping off bridges. There’s this bridge in Banos called San Francisco, which is the longest, tallest bridge in town. Go to the bridge at …
We stumbled across this apartment when we were trying to help our friends, Miin and Neil, to find an apartment here in Baños.
The guy quoted us $25 per person per week to this 3 br apartment right in the center of the city.
(You should’ve seen the face of the wife when she found out – she knew she could’ve charged us more.)
It comes with cable TV, free WiFi, and hot water. And we even have hot water in the kitchen – the first we’ve ever had in South America.
What happens when you hand 30 kids soda bottles 3 days in a row? Fun creatures is what happens.
All of the stuff below were made during activity time at the Foundation in Baños – where we spent 3 weeks working with local kids and teaching English to adults.
In case you’re curious, we’re still in Baños, Ecuador at the moment. We’ve been here for 5 weeks. Don’t worry, the end of this week we’re really, this time for real, going to move on.
A couple of weeks ago, I left Jack behind in Baños while a girlfriend and I made a weekend trip to Cuenca.
On the agenda: girls-only time and visiting Ingapirca.
Unfortunately, for my first Inca ruin ever, Ingapirca turned out to be only mildly entertaining.
It was interestingly hard to come up with something to write about knowing there’s no ‘Ctrl-Z’ button to save us if we make a mistake. We couldn’t remember the last time either of us has written so much using pen and paper.
We’re on our last week here in Baños. It’s hard to believe that we’ve been here a month. It’s sad to think that soon we’ll be leaving our newfound friends behind and once again we’ll be facing the unknowns and the unexpected that our travel will bring.
We’ve spent our month here in Baños wisely, we think. We’ve volunteered our time working with the kids of Baños (more on this later) and both Jack and I have improved our Spanish by taking private lessons. We now know how to express our confusions in words other than mute blank stares (boo yah!).
We were recently nominated by the couple behind 1000Fights and Philinthe_ to pass on the torch of this 7 Links Project: a chain-letter-between-bloggers sort of game.
What is this 7 Links?
The nominated blogger gets to pick 7 of their old posts that fit within a given category such as ‘The Most Beautiful Post’, ‘The Most Popular’ etc – you’ll see.
The idea is bring to light some of the old and buried posts. The nominated blogger then gets to nominate 5 other bloggers. Simple enough, right?
As we all know, traveling is not without challenges. Especially when you’re traveling in a country where you don’t speak the language. Especially if you’re traveling in a country where you don’t speak the language during rainy season.
With so many waterfalls and rivers around Baños, it’s no wonder that every tour agency in town offers some sorts of water related activities, like canyoning.
I had my doubt about this whole canyoning thing at first. Rappelling is just a fancy name ‘Don’t let go of that brake hand or you’ll get in serious trouble.’
We’ve been in here for 2 weeks now. The longest we’ve ever stayed in a place. And the crazier part? We now have a routine. We have English classes to teach and children to supervise. We have Spanish classes to go to. We’ve been busy.