The next day a group met at 6.30 am for a day trip to Quilotoa. After an hours drive we stopped for a very big breakfast and we got to know each other. Turned out an English couple was heading to Galápagos the next day as well and would be doing the tour on the boat I should have been on originally… Next stop was the house of an indigenous family,

and then we visited a town and its market.

I bought vitamin C and motion sickness tablets at the local pharmacy, before we finally arrived at our main destination. Quilotoa is a lake in the crater of an active volcano and I found it quite weird, that we had to do the walking down first, and the climbing up on the way back.

It took me about half an hour to get down to the lake, and 49 min to walk out of the crater again. According to our guide I did it at the perfect pace – one step per breath. Well, I don’t know, I just couldn’t walk faster. 😉

You could hire a kayak for a few minutes and our guide tried to persuade us to have a little swim, although the latter is not allowed plus we didn’t bring any swimwear. There was also the option of taking a horse on the way up. I didn’t like them covering us in dust and coming so close on the steep and narrow path.

Back at the restaurant we had lunch before driving back to Quito, which took us three hours. There I had a small pizza at a tiny restaurant and then a shower to get rid of all the sweat and dust. That night I didn’t sleep very well because I was worried I wouldn’t hear my alarm.