Our cool(literally) ride along the Avenida de Los Volcanes already feel like the highlight of our Ecuadorian bike odyssey. The enigmatic parámo that shines bright gold under the sun makes a perfect background to the snow-capped conical volcanoes that break the horizon. I’m trying to curb my temptation still to head straight to Peru now. I’m wondering how the rest of Ecuador can still top what I’ve seen so far.
That and the fact that we were meeting Dang’s whole family in Cusco during her niece and nephew’s summer vacation make me feel rushed. Not a great feeling if you have a laundry list of things you want to see. However, I’m actually quite excited to see those kids even just for a few weeks, but no more than that. They’re too much to handle after that long. Being kids, they have unwavering amount of energy even a touring cyclist can’t match. They remind me of Looney Tunes’ Tasmanian devil character.
Nevertheless, I’m committed(Dang may prolly object) to avoiding the Pan-American Highway despite the time crunch. So here we are still pouring over our digital maps hoping to find the quickest route to Peru without hitting much tarmac, or at least find lesser traffic paved roads( a nice compromise).
Anyway, here’s the conclusion of our ride along the Avenue of the Volcanoes…
Next stop, the chill and relaxed town of Cuenca.
Nuts and Bolts: SIMIATUG: Very basic(cold shower incl.) hospedaje in front of the Centro de Salud
Unless you’re planning to detour to Simiatug, you should resupply in Angamarca for a good 2-3 days worth of food.
The Aguas Termales on the way to Chimborazo charges $2 for entrance incl. camping overnight.
Achupallas, which is the start of the Ecuadorian Inca trail has a few lodging options available.