Sunday, 21 October 2007

Crater @ Dawn

It was up early to catch the 4am bus to Quilatoa crater lake. The road there twists and turns and takes close to two houres to reach the crater, despite it being no more than five miles as the crow flies from Chugchilan. The early start was worth it, as in the darkness I stood on the rim of the crater and watched as the rising sun gradually revealed the beautiful lake below.

The walk back to Chugchilan was trickier than I had expected. I had to ask the way endlessly, and I'm sure I got a little lost more than once, but the walk was all downhill, and I could see Chugchilan sat on it's canyon wall. The problem was finding the paths that descended the steep canyons, and fending off rather fierce territorial dogs.