Oct 20, 2009
|10/22/2009-Thrus. Crossed into Equador. Bought auto insurance, Lunch in Tulca. Camped in a Hosteria parking lot in Chorta Valle.
10/23/2009-Friday- Shopped in Otovala, arrived in Quito found Hostel with parking for $14 a night.
10/24/2009-Sat-Went to the Gringolandia area of Quito to shop for cheap tours to the Galapagos. Had a nice lunch at the Colibre Cafe. Walked around the area and tried to remember some of the places we had eaten at 10 years ago.
10/25/2009-Sunday- Made contact with Jack and Sharon and agreed to meet monday with tour agencyGalapagos tour. Drove to Posachoa Reserve 30km south of Quito to spend the after noon birding and hiking the reserve..at 9500ft.
10/26/2009-Monday- Met John and Sharon at a travel agent to see what was available to Galapagos. Found nothing that we liked and decided to meet in Banos thursday morning. Meanwhile Karla and I went to Cotopaxi National Park and Camped at 12,800ft. Paco did fine.
10/27/2009-Tues- Walked around Limponoag Laguana at 12,900 ft. Then drove to 14,500ft and turned around from the Climbers hut at Cotopoxi. Drove down to Marical/walked through the Botanical Garden for the Paramo. Drove out of the Park and up to another campground at 12,500ft in a forest of Pines.
10/28/2009-wed- Woke cleaned up and began the drive through the Valley of Valcanoes to Banos.
10/29/2009-thurs-Spent the day at Banos, in the hot tub
10/30/2009=Fri-Drove to the Alausi where the train down the devils nose started. Then we drove to Ingapirca, an Inca site that is the furthest north of any major Inca ruins found to date.
10/31/2009-Sat- From Ingapirca drove to Azogues, for the market that day. Then continued to Cuencus a beautifully situated city in the Southern Andes. With a nice thermal baths with camping in the parking lot allowed
11/01/2009-Sun-Spent another day of rest at the hot pools, catching up with bills and communications.
11/02/2009-Mon-Drove from Cuencus to Cajas National Park-at almost 13,000ft.
11/03/2009-Tues-Spent the day at Cajas, fishing and hiking, drove back to another place Yanuncay in Cuenca- Visited with other overlanders from Germany and Switzterland.
11/04/2009-Wed-Spent day working on Paco, another gas leak, and rotating/replacing tires, and new front Brakes
11/05/2009-Thurs-Travel day to Lojas, and onto an Ecolodge,Copalinga, outside of Zamora, near the Podocarpus national Park.
11/06/2009-Fri-Spent the day at the Copalinga lodge birding and hiking.
11/07/2009-Sat-Travel day to near the Ecuadorian/Peruvian boarder town of Macara. Camped at the Ecuadorian public pool on the Military base, with permission from the CO of the base.
11/08/2009-Sun-Left Macara, entered Peru