Pululahua is an inactive volcano about 17km north of Quito. Approximately 40 families inhabit the area today living off agriculture, animal pasturing and tourism. There are various sites to visit in the crater and hosterías in which to camp, hike and ride horses. Our group stayed at the Rinconada de Rolando Vera - a small hacienda owned by retired marathon champion, Rolando Vera.
Having arrived in the dark of night, we were surprised to wake up to this view of cloud-kissed mountain peaks.
Pululahua is Quichua for nube de agua, or cloud of water.
Rolando Vera walks the fields of his hacienda.
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Monday, May 16, 2011
La laguna Cuichocha is a natural preserve just 10 minutes outside of Cotacachí Ecuador. The lagoon itself is a volcanic crater 4km by 3km wide whose name, of pre-incan origins, means "lagoon of the Gods". It is also a common site to spot the endangered and elusive Andean condor.