From Shanti in Canoa, we went to Puerto Cayo to Samuel’s pretty Jardin Suizo, where we stayed four nights.
From there, we headed toward the mountains and spent one night at a place called Campo Alegre near Juan Montalvo on our way to the Hosteria Abraspungo between Riobamba and Guano. Abraspungo is owned by an RC pilot, and we were invited to camp for free.
After six nights and some slope flying excursions, we headed south to Vilcabamba. We didn’t make that in one day, and camped one night in Doña Maria’s front yard in La Victoria near Cuenca. In Vilcabamba we stayed seven nights at the German-run Hosteria Izhcayluma.
|Jardín Suizo - Puerto Cayo, Ecuador|
|Ceibas large tropical tree/großer tropischer Baum/árbol tropical grande|
|Ceiba young and old/jung und alt/joven y adulto|
Crossing the border into Peru was entertaining mainly because I travel with a US passport with Colombian visa in a car with US plates, for which I showed a Colombian drivers license and a German-issued international drivers license.
We spent our first night in Peru at a nice restaurant in Tambo Grande, La Choza, before we parked in front of the house of an RC pilot in Piura. We stayed there for six nights and flew with the whole Piura club at their club field.
On we went to the Peruvian coast to El Refugio Vichayito, from where we are publishing this update.
|San Lorenzo, Ecuador|
|Sunset at Puerto Cayo, Ecuador/Sonnenuntergang/Puesta del sol|
From the tropical dry forest of the Ecuadorian coast and across a strip of coastal cloud forest, we went through Ecuador’s vast banana plantations (Chiquita and Dole come to mind). Crossing a 13,000 foot pass brought us into the heart of Ecuador’s volcanic Andes, where we were lucky enough to be greeted by Ecuador’s highest mountain, Chimborazo, which is over 20,000 feet high and often under clouds.
The high mountain road to Vilcabamba was spectacular. In certain places around Vilcabamba, you hear more German and English spoken than Spanish. It appears to be quite the touristic enclave, and it has the climate to account for that.
|Banana highway/Autobahn/autopista, Ecuador|
|Rice fields/Reisfelder/sembrados de arroz, Ecuador|
The northern part of Peru is a starkly scenic and rocky desert reaching vast sandy beach expanses on the Pacific coast. We have walked along 2.5 miles of sandy beach to the nearby town of Los Organos, seeing hardly any people. We did see thousands of Arctic Terns zipping by on their annual migration from the Alaska to Cape Horn; they’ll be flying north again in late April.
|4.000 Mtrs Pass|
|First view of/erster Blick auf/primera vista de Chimborazo|
Finally, we went flying with our Peruvian hosts Victor and Abraham, and in fact with the entire membership of the RC Club Capiura at their field in Piura. This was a great experience for us sensing genuine friendship between the club members being extended to include us.
|Chimborazo from The Condor Camp|
|El Altar crater/Vulkankrater/cráter|