29.02.2012 - 29.02.2012
The third day took us from the quaint village of Chugchilan to another mountain top village called Isinlivi. This time we had amazing sunny weather and it was probably the most visually stunning day on the Loop.
Like the previous hikes on the Quilatoa loop the canyon views were stunning, the bridge crossings made one acutely aware of their mortality, and the people were very approachable and helpful. There were children who happily demanded to have their picture taken. One woman freely offered her child for a photo-op! Also, we encountered many animals, both approachable and not. The most vicious of which was a raging goose. Seriously – they are malicious!
During this trek, S.A.M. had run ahead a little earlier than usual. Although he wasn’t with us, he kept his presence known by creating many little arrows and signs made of twigs or drawn into the ground for us to follow. Despite all of his effort, we still became lost and took a very long route to Isinlivi.
Fortunately, S.A.M. found an amazing hostel with an incomparable, panoramic view. The hostel was much less expensive than Llulu Llama, the only other hostel in town whose monopoly in Isinlivi was finally going to be challenged. For only $12 USD per person we were provided with a private room with ensuite bathroom, the best dinner we had during our entire trip in Ecuador, a delicious breakfast, and the warmest reception from the owner and her family. As the common area was still being built, we were treated to having dinner at the family dining table in their home. It was memorable and absolutely lovely.