Our main task for our last full day in Ecuador was to get back to Quito on public transportation. The bus didn't leave until early afternoon, so we got out for a very steep hike on the trail behind town. Our destination was a place called Mirador Bellavista.
The trail was steep and slippery in places. We met few people, mostly what appeared to be subsistence farmers who tried to farm this very steep hillside.
|This half finished shell of a house, perched precariously along the trail, was for sale. There was no road to it. The new owner will get in good shape commuting to and from work!|
The mountain was shrouded in clouds but an occasional break allowed us to see to the valley below.
|Baños from the trail to Bellavista|
|the destination of Mirador Bellavista|
Once on the bus we rode in relative confidence that we would end up in Quito. We did, caught a cab to our hotel near the airport, and chilled out. The hotel was a house with some additional buildings out back. Our last meal was at the tiny hotel on tables set up in the living room because the nearest restaurant was a 40 minute walk through an industrial park. Ecuador!
|I'm always a little sad to be going back to regular life after vacation. Even doughnuts don't always chase the blues away.|