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Quito to Machachi Ecuador

ECUADOR | Sunday, 12 January 2020 | Views [34]

Why Machachi? Our group of nine includes individuals with many interests, many of which we felt could best be satisfied by journeying to the area of Machachi. This small town is close to the Hacienda La Alegria both of which are nestled at the base of the Andes. We were drawn to the Hacienda because of the information we read on their website. Several of us wanted to spend time horseback riding and this, as it turns out,k is one of the best places in the Andes to ride, to explore the local culture, to hike, and to see stunning views. Cotapaxti Volcano, the highest active volcano in the world is but an hours drive from the Hacienda. Our stay thus far has been wonderful. The owners and staff at this hacienda are very accommodating, and care deeply about the land the people and  the culture. Most importantly they are a local family run business that are highly respected in the community. To top it off, all food served is authentic Ecuadorian. This beautiful hacienda is about 1 hour from Quito, yet we feel as if we are very removed from the world here.

 

Yesterday we drove the hour up to the Cotapaxti national park, the wind was strong, the scenery stunning, and there were very few people who were there. Many bicycles, but only a few braved the wind and rocky road to make their descent. They start near he visitor center and ride down the mountain from approximately 14, 500 feet. For us, the wind was so strong it made it very dangerous to walk he path to the visitors center. Winds were clocked at over 60 miles an hour, at the top. We decided, with the help of our guide to go lower, to about 12,000 ft and hike around the lagoon. He 3 mile hike, was gorgeous with scenes of the majestic cotapaxti going I  and out off the clouds but beautiful from  every viewpoint. More about this beautiful volcano and the park later.

Today we attended the local barrel races in Machachi, young and old competed in barrel racing while wearing  typical Chagra dress. Essential parts of the traditional dress include the chagra hat, the chaps, both of which area made of natural products. pictures to know more about our day.

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