We spot herds of vicuñas, a close relative of the llama prized for its wool,
and hear their funny high-pitched call. The night is spent in the Posada de la
Estacion, a hacienda owned by mountain climber Rodrigo Donoso, facing the
It’s our last day. We pass through a town having their Saturday soccer game. A
whistle blows, the game stops, and we ride through the middle of their field.
Gone are the clouds and wet air. The sun beats down on us. When we step
out of the woods, our driver extraordinaire, Jorge, greets us with champagne.
Our expedition has come to an end. We have traversed narrow roads,
slept on dirt floors and seen and experienced more than the average tourist
to Ecuador. And while the scenery was breathtaking, our guides and the
people we met along the way will be what we remember most fondly.
SHAWN HAMILTON is a writer and photographer based in Canada.
from top left:
Riding into the
of the volcano
grass for her