Day 141: Banos, Ecuador
We decided instead of heading back to crime-ridden Quito we were going to return to Banos for a few days and take an afternoon bus before my mother and sister flew back to Canada.
None of us are very familiar with horseback riding.
My sister had never been on anything larger than a pony, my mother hadn’t been on a horse for ten years and I’ve only been on two horses, one of which was pregnant and moved very slowly.
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We returned to the tour agency from the jungle tour and asked if it was possible to get horses for beginners.
For only $15 there was a two-hour trek up a volcano so we signed up for the next morning.
The next morning we were greeted by our guide, who was very charming but did not speak any English, so once again I became the interpreter.
We also discovered that we were again on a private tour, which was great because we have discovered that we’re slow and it’s annoying for other people.
Oddly enough our horses seemed to be suited to our own group dynamic. My horse was the lead horse and was always in front.
My mother’s horse understood this hierarchy and always walked just slightly behind.
And somehow my sister had the youngest horse that was brash and tried to wiggle his way to the front, until my horse bared his teeth and tried to bite his face off.
And so it made for an interesting walk as we all tried to keep our horses under control.
Our guide, wanting to provide the full experience wanted to know if we wanted to go faster than the snail pace we were currently in but I assured him that we definitely did not want to trot and galloping was out of the question.
After 90 minutes we reached a resting spot and climbed down to a river formed by volcanic lava.
Our guide pointed out the volcanic rock and we had yet another face mask treatment, which is supposed to be great for your skin.
We took a quick break and some photos but our guide didn’t rush us even though we were at least 30 minutes behind schedule.
The way back was a wonderful view, the kind you wish you could capture but photos never do it justice.
So we just enjoyed the ride back and hoped that we would remember how spectacular it really was.