This really was supposed to be the blog entry about food and other good stuff, but I had such an unbelievably great time today on my excursion to the El Cajas National Park that I simply have to write about it.
|Driving through an Alpine valley toward the cloud forest|
|Our starting point was above this lake|
|The lobo de la montana craps big'uns ...|
|... and the alpaca produces coffee-bean sized pellets|
|With guide Miguelito|
After lunch, we drove back down the mountain to Cuenca. On the way we saw some wild llamas on the road, and the vistas were reminiscent of a drive through the Alps. I have to say that our group was perfect: Julie, Bob, and I really hit it off, as if we had known each other for years. And Miguel was the perfect guide—not overbearing, full of interesting information, with a good sense of humor, and just the kind of attitude that actually makes you want to tip him. If you ever need a personal guide—who has been trained by the ministry of tourism—whilst in Cuenca, he can be reached at 099 820 6423, or firstname.lastname@example.org. I hope you enjoyed the photos of my excursion to the paramo, and I hope that you will—someday—get a chance to see this amazing place yourselves.
|The paramo at its best|