We said goodbye to our llama friends at Secret Garden
and shared a pickup truck ride to the town of Machachi with a few other departing Secret Garden Cotopaxi guests. From Machachi, we somehow managed to catch the correct bus to Banos, although there were some moments of doubt, since our Spanish wasn't as good as we thought.
|On the bus to Banos.
|La Floresta hotel, a very nice hotel on the edge of Banos but within walking distance to everything.
|Our room is the one with the hammock on the balcony on the second floor to the right of the bamboo tree. A nice location!
|The room was too big for us, but the Internet said that's all that was left. I'm pretty sure the hotel was not nearly at full occupancy, but a splurge at the end of the vacation was not against our rules.
After a little down time, we ventured out to check out the town and find something to eat.
|We could have stayed here!
|And we could have eaten here!
|There were a variety of street foods on display.
|I'm just pretending to eat the chicken parts that were floating in my soup.
|The fish was good, once you got past the scales and eyes.
|I'd been too long without American doughnuts. This giant, bread-y and not sweet enough doughnut-like creation made me happy.
|The tiny red speck in front of the zig-zag scaffolding below the bridge is the jumper. I don't know if she didn't jump correctly or if the bungee cord is not very stretchy, but she bounced, hard. I'm pretty sure she has back problems now.
|The city of Banos and Tungurahua volcano in the background.
|Obligatory geology picture. I think this is low grade metamorphism.
|Obligatory happy couple picture. This might be on the Christmas card too.