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I have a confession to make: I’m not really a cyclist, at heart – I’m simply not as impassioned about bikes for their own sake as a truly zealous cyclist.

And there is nothing that I love more than getting off my bike and going for a walk.

Dawn...

...on the edge...

... of the crater lake of Quilatoa, brings a wash of colour and light.

A beguiling path leads around the crater rim.

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The place is a mass of flowers:,...

...yellow ones,...

...red ones,...

...white ones,...

...orange ones,...

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Unlikely patches of land, on both sides of the crater wall, are cultivated.

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I eye the path's biking potential skeptically. This is the way I would have hauled my bike if I had attempted the walking track yesterday.

More flowers, purple, this time.

The terrain I rode through yesterday...

...and maybe that's the bike-packing path. It looks a little more feasible down there.

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Magenta.

Green.

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Sunlight on the water brings out the famous turquoise shades.

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Does anyone know who these little fellows are?

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{ 7 } Comments

  1. Ben Burwick | June 4, 2013 at 6:11 pm | Permalink

    Maybe one of these:
    http://www.oiseaux-birds.com/card-carunculated-caracara.html

  2. anna | June 6, 2013 at 3:49 pm | Permalink

    Yup. That looks like it. Thanks.

  3. Tony | June 7, 2013 at 9:09 am | Permalink

    Yep being a nut for all things cycling is definitely not a prerequisite to using them for other passions in life. Riding a bike encompasses so many other emotions and fulfils loads of other things. I absolutely love being on my bike but I can’t rattle endlessly on and on about them, and that is after working in the industry for over 10 years! Some people go absolutely nuts over new bikes, gadgets etc, but to me, it’s like ho hum! Doesn’t means I don’t love it all. The bike is allowing you to have one hell of an experience, may your two wheels keep on rolling! Love from all of us here.

  4. Cesca | June 8, 2013 at 1:35 am | Permalink

    Carunculated caracara. What a great name! I gather Ecuador is a twitcher’s Mecca so I hope you see some beauties to lighten your way. Must be great to take off on foot from time to time.

  5. Michael | June 10, 2013 at 1:44 am | Permalink

    Hi Ana,
    I enjoy looking at my home country through your “lenses”. Yea. the bird is called Caracara, in quichua we call it “Curiquigui”.
    Hey if you need anything while in Ecuador please feel free to look for us (I am still in NZ, but the rest of our tribe is there):

    http://www.nahual.com.ec

    Enjoy riding around Zumbahua. I have nice route and friends to stay if you go around Chimborazo. Let me know if you need info.

  6. anna | June 10, 2013 at 2:16 am | Permalink

    Hi Michael,

    Thanks for visiting and for your nice comments. Sadly I’ve already passed Chimborazo or I would take you up on your offer. I followed a pretty good off road route between Chimborazo and the volcano next to it (the name of which escapes me at the moment).

    Cheers,

    Anna

  7. Sarah | June 11, 2013 at 4:02 am | Permalink

    I don’t think I’m really a cyclist either, especially not if that requires latest gear enthusiasm. As long as it goes…. I think for me these days it is really more like bushwalking but on wheels.

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