12. February 2018

Ecuador: Papallacta

The perfect ending to our trip There is only one thing to say about Papallacta: It was the perfect ending to a perfect stay in Ecuador. We rented a room at the Hosteria Pampalacta. Compared to the price level in the country, the hotel is with about 80 USD per night quite expensive, but worth every penny. In particular, the 800 inhabitants village offers a rare feature: hot volcanic springs. The landscape The outdoor area of ​​the hotel, that lays in a height of approx 3600 meters, offers three pools filled with the hot volcanic water. In the first few seconds in the water, the heat literally burns your skin, but once […]
11. February 2018

Ecuador: Otavalo

Coca-tea for altitude sickness Otavallo is located at an altitude of 2532 meters above sea level and has 40,000 inhabitants. Tourists visiting the city are generally advised to drink one coca tea a day. The coca plant, otherwise known as the raw ingredient for the production of cocaine, shows a far weaker effect as the chemical drug and supports the body in adapting to the thin ambient air. We only tried the coca-tea later in Papallacta (3600 m) – it helps and no, it does not have an intoxicating effect. You can buy the drink in almost every shop or from running traders who only make their money selling tea. But, […]
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